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How to Be a Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life by Massimo Pigliucci

In the tradition of How to Live and How Proust Can Change Your Life, a philosopher asks how ancient Stoicism can help us flourish today

Whenever we worry about what to eat, how to love, or simply how to be happy, we are worrying about how to lead a good life. No goal is more elusive. In How to Be a Stoic, philosopher Massimo Pigliucci offers Stoicism, the ancient philosophy that inspired the great emperor Marcus Aurelius, as the best way to attain it. Stoicism is a pragmatic philosophy that focuses our attention on what is possible and gives us perspective on what is unimportant. By understanding Stoicism, we can learn to answer crucial questions: Should we get married or divorced? How should we handle our money in a world nearly destroyed by a financial crisis? How can we survive great personal tragedy? Whoever we are, Stoicism has something for us–and How to Be a Stoic is the essential guide.
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Book Review: How to be a Stoic by Massimo Pigliucci

People have been asking my opinion — from a Stoic perspective — about Jordan Peterson for a while now, and the time has finally come. The impetus derives from a recent article by Justin Vacula published here in the Stoicism Today blog, which takes a cautionary positive approach to Peterson, and draws parallels between his views and our philosophy. First, though, a few preemptive caveats.
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Detailed Review: How to be a Stoic by Massimo Pigliucci

NB : See my video below for a discussion of the twelve practical techniques listed at the end of this book. Cleanthes, the second head of the Stoic school, once said that while its philosophical doctrines may well be contrary to popular opinion they are surely not contrary to reason. Stoic philosophy, like the philosophy of Socrates, was known in the ancient world both for its famous paradoxes and for its rigorous appeal to reason. Stoicism was meant to shake things up by challenging its followers to swim against the tide and embrace a moral worldview radically at odds with the values implicitly accepted by the majority of ordinary people. In doing so, it explicitly cast itself as a form of psychological therapy therapeia and self-improvement.

Most recent at the top of each section. Even more recent entries at my new site. How the Stoic embrace of death can help us get a grip on life Aeon video. Also, check out my Stoic videos playlist. Human nature matters on Stoicism and Existentialism, Aeon. Stoicism and love, not a contradiction Public Seminar. How to live like a Stoic New Philosopher.

We first interviewed Professor Massimo Pigliucci back in after his popular piece in New York Times on Stoicism became one of the most shared and viewed articles on the site. And today, with the release of his new book on stoic philosophy we decided to again reach out and ask him about all the imaginary conversations he had with Epictetus in the book a once common literary structure that is sadly rare these days. Your new book offers an exploration of Stoicism through conversations with Epictetus. How did you decide to take this approach? So I felt that the only reason for me to add a new entry to the canon was if I had something new to say, or a new way of saying it.

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The Stone is a forum for contemporary philosophers and other thinkers on issues both timely and timeless. In every culture we know of, whether it be secular or religious, cosmopolitan or tribal, the question of how to live is central. How should we conduct ourselves in the world and treat others? And the ultimate question: how do we best prepare to die? I do not mean that I have started keeping a stiff upper lip and suppressing my emotions.


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