Suggested readings, #53

1814 — by Jacques Louis David — Image by © The Gallery Collection/Corbis

Here are some interesting articles I’ve come across recently, for your consideration:

The Puzzles of Thermopylae. (History Today)

How Stoicism can make you Invulnerable during COVID-19. [Despite the hype in the title, a good article by a serious writer.] (Medium)

Giorgio Agamben’s coronavirus cluelessness. The Italian philosopher’s interventions are symptomatic of theory’s collapse into paranoia. (Chronicle of Higher Education)

The Golden Rule in Stoicism. How Stoic philosophy teaches us to treat others. (Medium)

There is no such thing as “boosting” the immune system. Except through vaccines, of course. (Science Based Medicine)

To hell with hell: Bart Ehrman debunks the Christian belief in perpetual torment. (Spectator)

Coronavirus has not suspended politics – it has revealed the nature of power. (Guardian)

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Massimo is the K.D. Irani Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York. He blogs at and He is the author of How to Be a Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life.

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