Consolatio: Coping with a Collapsing World | National Humanities Center

Humanities in Class: Webinar Series

Consolatio: Coping with a Collapsing World

Richard Fontaine (CEO, Center for a New American Security) and Michael Fontaine (Professor and Associate Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education, Cornell University)

May 5, 2020

All things change, say philosophers, but sometimes they change more dramatically than we’re ready for. Ancient Greek, Roman, Jewish, and Christian writers developed a number of practical strategies for coping with sudden illness, loss, and death. In this webinar, we will explore two: the consolation, which looks to the future, and the thanksgiving, which looks to God. Focus authors will include Plutarch, Seneca (consolation); Job, Ecclesiastes, Paulinus of Pella (thanksgiving).


Philosophy / Classics / Grief / Death / Philosophers / Suffering / Pandemics /