Ancient Stoic philosophers have shown up in odd places in recent years. The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius is known to be one of Bill Clinton’s favorite books, and a recent neo-Stoical book “became wildly popular at every level of the NFL,” according to Sports Illustrated. In this month’s talk, Dr. Kevin Tracy examines the neo-Stoical fad and what results from superficial dabbling in ancient philosophy.

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About the Speaker

Kevin Tracy, Ph.D., is assistant professor of Classical and early Christian studies at Christendom College and has served full time on the faculty since 2015. He previously served as faculty fellow and then as assistant professor of classics at Lawrence University, and also as visiting assistant professor at Washington and Lee University. His research and teaching interests include Greek and Roman literature, ancient philosophy, and the history of logic. He received his undergraduate education at Swarthmore College and went on to receive his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006. His doctoral dissertation explored the development of dialectic from Aristotle to the Stoic philosopher Chrysippus.