In this conversation David Fideler returns as a guest on Stoa, and we talk about the thinking of Seneca, and how it applies to our modern world. David has worked as a college professor, editor and publisher, educational consultant, and the director of a humanities center. He studied ancient Greek philosophy and Mediterranean religions at the University of Pennsylvania, holds a PhD in philosophy, and is the editor of the Stoic Insights website. David is the author of the book Breakfast with Seneca: A Stoic Guide to the Art of Living. He’s also the editor of a new website, the Living Ideas Journal, which explores how the humanities can contribute to the world and deepen our experience of being alive.
We discuss Seneca on crowd psychology, grief and death. We also explore the notion of deep and flat Stoicism, flat stoicism being a shallow or superficial view of Stoicism concerned with making us feel better, and deep Stoicism being a comprehensive life philosophy that involves both being happy, and having an obligation to help others. Anyone interested in learning more about Seneca’s approach to Stoicism will find value in this episode.
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