Why Stoicism Is Not A Passive Philosophy

We all have things we’re attached to. Think of possessions, places, pursuits, and people in your life (or other things that don’t begin with P) that you couldn’t do without. Maybe you have worked hard to accumulate material items you’ve always wanted to have, built a good reputation in your…

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What is Stoic Temperance?

This short explainer will provide you with a straightforward understanding of what the Stoic virtue of Temperance is and how you can apply it in your life. Definition Of Stoic Temperance Stoic Temperance comes from the Greek term “sophrosyne” (σωφροσύνη). The definition of the virtue is thought to precede the Stoics…

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Marcus Aurelius: The Stoic Emperor

The following is a short commentary on Donald Robertson's new book, Marcus Aurelius: The Stoic Emperor. From the book’s description: This novel biography brings Marcus Aurelius (121–180 CE) to life for a new generation of readers… as Robertson skillfully weaves together Marcus’s inner journey as a philosopher with the outer…

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Seneca’s Mental Remedies For Anger

One of the nice things about the morning time is that you have some distance from what lies ahead. You have a little space into which you can stretch. You can mentally reach into the day and prepare for what comes your way. It's difficult to feel anger, for example,…

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Give Yourself Permission To Practice Philosophy

One of the best TED Talks I’ve ever seen was by the actor Ethan Hawke. It’s called “Give yourself permission to be creative” and it’s all about the importance of expressing yourself and doing what you love. It doesn’t have the traditional TED feel due to the absence of a…

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What is Stoic Justice?

This short explainer will provide you with a straightforward understanding of what the Stoic virtue of Justice is and how you can apply it in your life. Definition Of Stoic Justice Stoic Justice comes from the Greek term “dikaiosyne” (δικαιοσύνη). The definition of the virtue is thought to precede the Stoics…

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A Stoic Response to Being Judged

It’s likely that today you’ll be judged in some form. Other people will have their say on your actions. It’s natural human behavior: we all rely on our reasoning skills, experience, and principles to determine whether we approve or disapprove of what others are doing. That point is worth remembering…

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What is Stoic Courage?

This short explainer will provide you with a straightforward understanding of what the Stoic virtue of Courage is and how you can apply it in your life. Definition Of Stoic Courage Stoic Courage comes from the Greek term “andreia” (ανδρεία). The definition of the virtue is thought to precede the Stoics…

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Why Your Insignificance Isn’t A Bad Thing

We're so close to the stories we tell ourselves about our own lives that we often can't see beyond them. If you're like me, you've probably faced a problem that seemed to be the most important problem that anyone on the planet was facing at that time. You're so embedded…

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