A quick round-up of activities over the coming summer months.
At the end of June I’ll be speaking about metaphilosophy in the Renaissance at a conference I’ve been co-organizing with Joachim Aufderheide and John Callanan on Philosophy as a Way of Life in the History of Philosophy, at King’s College London. Further details here.
My main task for July and August is to finish a book I’m writing on Marcus Aurelius. I have well over half done and the hope is to have it finished by September. It is due to appear in the Routledge series Philosophy in the Roman World.
In September I’ll be speaking about Marcus at the German Society for Ancient Philosophy’s annual conference, in Frankfurt. My title is 'The Unthinking Sage: Marcus Aurelius on Spontaneous Ethical Action'. Further details here.
September also sees the publication of my book Lessons in Stoicism, followed by Stoicon in Athens (with another talk on Marcus Aurelius) and Stoic Week, at the beginning of October.
I've recently written and sent in an introduction to an edition of Marcus Aurelius's Meditations. The book will be in the Macmillan Collector's Library, published by Pan Macmillan. This series was originally published simply as Collector's Library but was acquired by Pan Macmillan a few years ago. The original series issued an edition of Marcus Aurelius, in A. S. L. Farquharson's translation (pictured). This new edition, due out in 2020, will contain my new Introduction and Farquharson's translation, in a nice little pocket hardback volume.
Here’s a round-up of some things I’ll be doing this coming year (despite having made a concerted effort to keep my schedule as clear as possible in order to finish my current book project):
It’s been a busy autumn, focused more on public-facing activities than research. At the end of September we held Stoicon at Senate House in London. You can see a short film about the event here, and all of the main talks were recorded too, available here.
Around the same time I wrote a short piece on Stoic Week for an online platform called The Conversation, and the piece was republished on multiple other sites, including the Independent and Newsweek. Within a month it had received over 100,000 views. That must make it the most widely read thing I’ve written thus far.
I also wrote a short piece on Philosophy as a Way of Life for The Philosophers’ Magazine, talking mainly about Hellenistic philosophers.
Over the summer I wrote the first draft of a short book on Stoicism for Penguin, and over the autumn did some fine-tuning and editing before final submission. The book will be called Lessons in Stoicism and is due to appear around September 2019.
It’s now time to turn the focus back to research. The next main task is to complete a monograph on Marcus Aurelius, which is due to be published by Routledge in their series Philosophy in the Roman World.
I have just completed and now submitted three chapters for different edited books. The first of these, ‘Renaissance Consolations: Philosophical Remedies for Fate and Fortune’, is for a volume devoted to fate and fortune in Renaissance philosophy. The second, ‘Self or Cosmos: Foucault versus Hadot’, is for a volume devoted to the late work of Michel Foucault. The third, ‘Indifference versus Affirmation: Michel Foucault on the Stoic Idea of Life as a Test’, is for a volume on the French reception of Stoicism, based on a conference from a couple of years ago. I have also written a very short introduction to a special issue of a journal devoted to the Stoic tradition, arising from a conference I attended in Budapest last year.