Symposium Spotlight: A.A. Long
Today we’d like to introduce one of this weekend’s Symposium Panel Members, the highly respected and renowned philosopher, Dr. A.A. Long.
Anthony Arthur Long is a British and naturalised American classical scholar and Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus of Classics and Irving Stone Professor of Literature Emeritus, and Affiliated Professor of Philosophy and Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley.
He has had a fascinating career, complete with a plethora of books and is often credited with spearheading the modern Stoic movement. Indeed, you can hear all about it in his recent interview on the Classical Wisdom Speaks Podcast.
Tony (A.A.) Long’s recent books include Greek Models of Mind and Self, and Epictetus/How to Be Free: An Ancient Guide to the Stoic Life.
This lively book offers a wide-ranging study of Greek notions of mind and human selfhood from Homer through Plotinus. A. A. Long anchors his discussion in questions of recurrent and universal interest. What happens to us when we die? How is the mind or soul related to the body? Are we responsible for our own happiness? Can we achieve autonomy? Long asks when and how these questions emerged in ancient Greece, and shows that Greek thinkers’ modeling of the mind gave us metaphors that we still live by, such as the rule of reason or enslavement to passion. It has been translated into Greek and Italian.
Born a slave, the Roman Stoic philosopher Epictetus (c. 55–135 AD) taught that mental freedom is supreme, since it can liberate one anywhere, even in a prison. In How to Be Free, A. A. Long—one of the world’s leading authorities on Stoicism and a pioneer in its remarkable contemporary revival—provides a superb new edition of Epictetus’s celebrated guide to the Stoic philosophy of life (the Encheiridion) along with a selection of related reflections in his Discourses.
How to be FREE has been translated into German and Greek. Translations of Epictetus into other European languages are forthcoming, and also into Arabic,Turkish, Korean and Japanese.
Next year will see the publication of Seneca, Fifty Letters of a Roman Stoic, jointly by Margaret Graver and Tony, and his translation and study of Plotinus, On Matter.
See Dr. A.A. Long Speak LIVE
This Weekend A.A. Long will partake in a panel discussion, along with Donald Robertson and Massimo Pigliucci at our Inaugural Classical Wisdom Symposium. It is the first time the three of them will be in a conversation together… and they will discuss the power of the individual in Politics. It will be a truly important and fascinating conversation!
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