How Stoicism Can Help Us Flourish in an Age of Anxiety


Course Code: HHSC-fa23 Categories: , , Tags: ,


In an age of anxiety on so many levels, how do we find happiness and peace of mind? The ancient Stoics developed a philosophy to answer these very questions, and their ideas have immense relevance for our own troubled times. Yet there are many misconceptions about Stoicism, which is often mistakenly seen as a way of suppressing emotion. In this talk, we will explore the nature and application of Stoic principles, with the aim of providing practical ways of relieving anxiety and fostering a flourishing life.

Ronald Pies, MD is a Lexington physician, poet, and novelist. He has academic appointments at Tufts University and Upstate Medical University, and is the author of several psychiatric textbooks. Dr. Pies is also the author of several books on philosophy and religion, including Everything Has Two Handles: The Stoic’s Guide to the Art of Living; and Becoming a Mensch: Timeless Talmudic Ethics for Everyone. Most recently, he is the author of The Levtov Trilogy (a novel and two novellas); and a short, humorous philosophical work, Just Take it One Miserable Day at a Time. Dr. Pies’s books are available via

Start Date: 11/9/2023, 1 meeting
Class Time: 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Day of Week: Thursday
Location: Zoom
Instructor: Ronald Pies, MD
Status: Running/Openings