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Podcast Profile: Practical Wisdom

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37 episodes
2023 to 2024
Median: 5 minutes
Collection: Philosophy


Description (podcaster-provided):

Practical Wisdom is a short weekly podcast produced by Prof. Massimo Pigliucci of the City College of New York. The idea is to sample the philosophical writings of a wide range of Greco-Roman authors in search of insights that may be useful for modern life. Currently, we are examining five works: Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics; Cicero’s Tusculan Disputations; Epictetus’s Discourses; Epicurus’s Being Happy (letters and aphorisms); and Plato’s early Socratic dialogues (Ion, Laches, Lysis, Charmides, Hippias Major, Hippias Minor, and Euthydemus). Available also on Apple, Google, and Spotify.
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Themes and summary (AI-generated based on podcaster-provided show and episode descriptions):

➤ Insights from Greco-Roman philosophy • Concepts of virtue and happiness • Discussions on death and the soul • Stoic and Epicurean teachings • Dialogues featuring Socrates and major philosophers • Ethical reasoning

The podcast "Practical Wisdom," produced by Professor Massimo Pigliucci of the City College of New York, presents philosophical insights from various Greco-Roman authors. Each episode delves into the writings of prominent figures such as Aristotle, Cicero, Epictetus, Epicurus, and Plato, offering reflections relevant to contemporary life.

Central themes include the nature of virtue, happiness, and the good life, alongside discussions on morality, ethics, and the human condition. Aristotle's contributions focus on the roles of virtue and external goods in achieving happiness, examining how fortune affects one's blessedness and stability. Discussions from his Nicomachean Ethics also touch upon the ultimate good and the distinctions between intrinsic and instrumental goods.

Cicero's works, particularly his Tusculan Disputations, are frequently explored to address topics like the right time to die, the nature of the soul, and arguments against the fear of death. His discussions often juxtapose living a virtuous life against the inevitable end, arguing that death does not deprive the dead of anything good.

Epictetus’s Discourses offer Stoic perspectives on reason, the opposition to tyranny, and the proper way to react to life’s challenges. His teachings emphasize the importance of understanding what is within one's control and maintaining equanimity in the face of adversity.

Epicurus is represented through letters and aphorisms that argue for a measured pursuit of pleasure, the dismissal of the fear of death, and the rejection of deterministic views in favor of moral responsibility.

Plato's early Socratic dialogues provide inquiries into bravery, the nature of poetry, and the necessity of expertise. These episodes feature Socratic questioning to probe the underlying principles of various virtues and knowledge.

Overall, this podcast serves as a philosophical exploration into how ancient wisdom can be applied to modern dilemmas, emphasizing self-reflection, rationality, and ethical living.


Episodes:
Episode Image Epicurus’s five fundamental teachings
2024-Jul-19
4 minutes
Episode Image Cicero on dying before one’s time
2024-Jul-12
4 minutes
Episode Image Aristotle on the roles of virtue and fortune
2024-Jul-05
4 minutes
Episode Image Plato on floundering in a sea of words
2024-Apr-26
6 minutes
Episode Image Cicero on the fact that the dead don’t need anything
2024-Apr-19
4 minutes
Episode Image Aristotle on who can be happy
2024-Jun-12
5 minutes
Episode Image Epicurus on determinism and free will
2024-Jun-05
4 minutes
Episode Image Epictetus on the Stoic opposition
2024-Mar-29
4 minutes
Episode Image Plato on courage in battle
2024-May-22
6 minutes
Episode Image Cicero on the right time to die
2024-Mar-15
4 minutes
Episode Image Aristotle on the importance of external goods
2024-May-08
4 minutes
Episode Image Epicurus on sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll
2024-Apr-26
3 minutes
Episode Image Epictetus on the purple in the toga
2024-Feb-19
3 minutes
Episode Image An example of Socratic ignorance
2024-Mar-12
5 minutes
Episode Image Cicero on good reasons for dying
2024-Feb-05
5 minutes
Episode Image Aristotle on the point of a human life
2024-Feb-29
4 minutes
Episode Image Epicurus on pleasure vs pain
2024-Jan-22
4 minutes
Episode Image Epictetus and the chamber pot
2024-Feb-15
5 minutes
Episode Image Plato on the need for expertise
2024-Mar-08
6 minutes
Episode Image Cicero on the nature of the soul
2024-Mar-01
5 minutes
Episode Image Aristotle and the ultimate good
2024-Jan-18
4 minutes
Episode Image Epicurus and the three kinds of pleasures
2024-Jan-12
4 minutes
Episode Image Epictetus on what is or is not reasonable
2024-Jan-04
5 minutes
Episode Image Plato on knowledge vs inspiration
2023-Oct-02
4 minutes
Episode Image Cicero on the fact that death doesn’t deprive us of anything
2023-Oct-25
6 minutes
Episode Image Aristotle on the three kinds of happy life
2023-Sep-18
5 minutes
Episode Image Epicurus on death and the gods
2023-Sep-11
5 minutes
Episode Image Epictetus on dying or having lunch
2023-Sep-04
4 minutes
Episode Image Plato on the nature of poetry
2023-Aug-28
5 minutes
Episode Image Aristotle on the precision of our inquiries
2023-Aug-21
6 minutes
Episode Image Cicero on the nature of the soul
2023-Aug-14
7 minutes
Episode Image Epictetus on how to react to events
2023-Aug-07
7 minutes
Episode Image Plato on the value of poetry
2023-Jul-31
7 minutes
Episode Image Epicurus on why we should study philosophy
2023-Jul-24
7 minutes
Episode Image Cicero on whether we should be afraid of being dead
2023-Jul-17
7 minutes
Episode Image Aristotle on happiness as the ultimate good
2023-Jul-10
7 minutes
Episode Image Epictetus on the faculty of reason
2023-Jul-03
8 minutes