Apr 4th, 2019
In this episode Simon Drew talks with special guest Michael Tremblay about the life and teachings of Epictetus.
Michael Tremblay is a PhD. student in philosophy at Queen’s University, Kingston. Before coming to Queen’s University he completed a B.A. and M.A. in philosophy at Carleton University in Ottawa. During his time at Carleton he wrote a Master’s thesis on the Stoic Epictetus (in which he examined the “spiritual exercises” used by Epictetus to train his students to be virtuous, and how these might be understood to work in relation to orthodox Stoic psychology).
His main interest is in ancient philosophy, specifically moral education in the Stoics. He is fascinated by the Hellenistic conception of philosophy as a way of life, which is to be practiced in order to achieve virtue and happiness. He is also interested in philosophy as a skill or craft, and how training and practice factor into become a better philosopher.
Beyond philosophy, he is passionate about martial arts and competes regularly in brazilian jiu-jitsu and wrestling.