It is not easy to name this one book, if the pandemic standstill has led to anything good, it is that I have been able to read more.
But one book is indeed among them, which became a friendly companion for me: Massimo Pigliucci, »Die Weisheit der Stoiker«.
The work aroused interest, illuminated aspects I was not aware of, raised questions and unagitatedly pointed out points of contact.
A popular philosophical outline, highly enjoyable reading — and has the potential to leave one's own – sometimes narrow – bubble ideally and intellectually.
One of my singing students kindly brought this book to my attention, which was immediately followed by a conversation about the analogy between singing and the Stoa.
The book has already been published in English in 2017, it seems almost visionary on the background of a prevailing pandemic with regard to Pigliucci's postulate of thinking critically and sceptically on one's own - and how humanity responded to this task.
›The focal points of his (Pigliucci's) work are philosophy of science and stoicism,‹ says the blurb.
Michael Nagy, Munich, 22 July 2021