Audio series: Cicero’s On Fate

The latest complete audio commentary of my Stoic Meditations series is dedicated to Cicero’s On Fate, composed in 44 BCE. Unfortunately, about one third of the work is now lost. It takes the form of a dialogue between Cicero and his friend Aulus Hirtius.

Much of the discussion hinges on the relationship between fate and free will, and Cicero ends up suggesting that the latter is a condition for the first. In the process, we get a discussion of various takes on the issue of free will: those of the Stoics, the Epicureans, and the Academic Skeptic Carneades.

This book is part of a trilogy composed by Cicero, the other two being On the Nature of the Gods (audio commentary here) and On Divination (audio commentary here).

This series runs for ten episodes.

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Massimo

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

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