By celebrating World Philosophy Day each year, on the third Thursday of November, UNESCO underlines the enduring value of philosophy for the development of human thought, for each culture and for each individual.

With this emphasis, New Acropolis engages as a school of philosophy in the classical tradition in sharing a vision of philosophy as a way of life. A timeless methodology for the transformation of the individual and society, transcending and uniting cultures, giving purpose to the individual and meaningful change for the collectivity.

Each year, to celebrate UNESCO World Philosophy Day we offer free public talks to promote the wisdom of ancient civilizations and this year is no different (albeit online). Now more than ever, we need to learn from our past if we are to build a better future. Let’s share in these possibilities together. As UNESCO say…

UNESCO leads World Philosophy Day – but does not own it. It belongs to everyone, everywhere, who cares about philosophy.

Marcus Aurelius and the Inner Citadel

Saturday, 21st November at 4pm

As early as the 3rd century BC, the Stoics asked themselves: “How to become better as
a human being and to be fulfilled as an individual?” Their purpose was to achieve
Ataraxia, that is to say, the impassibility of the soul whatever the circumstances.

The Stoic method is based on distinguishing between what depends on us and what
does not depend on us. They invite us to accept reality as it is.

Stoic philosophy makes it possible to better embrace the reality of the world so that
we can then do what we can to change it. It invites us to learn from our difficulties, to
grow, to move from a position of victim to that of a responsible and happy individual.

In order to refocus on the essential, practice is necessary: ​​that of a daily dialogue with
oneself like that carried out by Marcus Aurelius in his Meditations. It is this dialogue
that makes it possible to build a space within oneself, which circumstances cannot
touch: an interior citadel, to use the words of Pierre Hadot.

Seneca on the Brevity of Life (or how to work with time)

Saturday, 21st November at 5pm

We feel that life is short or that we never have enough time. Seneca asks the question, “but how much time do you waste?”. Leaving aside tips and tricks for time management, the Stoic philosopher presents our issues with “racing against the clock” as a moral question – so how can we prioritise our time and use it better?