[SydPhil] 'Inner West Council Philosophy Talk', Melissa Merritt (UNSW): “The Stoic Theory of Emotions", Thursday, July 18, 6:30pm-7:45pm, Leichhardt Library.

Simon Lumsden s.lumsden at unsw.edu.au
Mon Jul 15 19:29:51 AEST 2019

Details of the Next “Inner West Council Philosophy Talk"

Title: “The Stoic Theory of Emotions”

Speaker:  Dr. Melissa Merritt  (Philosophy, UNSW)


Stoic philosophers famously held that a wise or virtuous person is free of emotion (apathēs), because emotions (pathē) are expressions of deep confusion about what is and is not genuinely valuable.  This theory is often caricatured, and has (to put it mildly) met with no shortage of criticism.  My aim is to examine the theory and its underlying psychological commitments in a charitable light, and open up discussion about whether Stoic apatheia is something we ought to strive for.

Thursday, July 18
6:30pm - 7:45pm
Free event - All welcome - Light refreshments provided (from 6pm)
Bookings online or call 9367 9266

Full details as well as registration for the event are available from this link:
If the event booking says that it is fully booked please still attend as many people who register do not show up on the night.


Melissa Merritt is Senior Lecturer and Australian Research Council Future Fellow in Philosophy at the University of New South Wales.  She’s written two books, Kant on Reflection and Virtue and The Sublime, both published by Cambridge University Press.  She’s currently working on a long-term project assessing the significance of Stoicism for Kant’s ethics, and contemporary ethics more broadly.

Upcoming talks:

“Politics in an Age of Polarisation”, Thursday August 22, 6.30 – 7.45 pm: Leichhardt Library, Chris Fleming (WSU)

“ Love, Freedom, and Elena Ferrante”, Thursday Sept 19, 6.30 – 7.45 pm: Leichhardt Library, Sam Shpall (U Syd)

 “What is utopia and (why) do we need it?” October 17, 6.30 – 7.45 pm: Leichhardt Library, Cat Moir (U Syd)

Simon Lumsden
(Inner West Council philosophy talks program coordinator)

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Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
University of New South Wales | Sydney | NSW 2052 | Australia
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