Who Is Marcus Aurelius? Getting To Know The Roman Emperor

This is part of our 3-part short series on the three most important Stoic philosophers: Marcus Aurelius, Seneca and Epictetus. Here you will find a short introduction to Marcus, suggested readings, three exercises/lessons from him as well as a selection of quotes. You can also read our introduction to Stoicism if you are not familiar … Continued

Five Reasons Why Stoicism Matters Today

For all the press that Bill Clinton has gotten for his epic, seemingly-half-improvised convention stem-winder, one of the most revealing lines has barely earned a mention at all. We were surprised to hear Clinton called Barack Obama “a man cool on the outside, but who burns for America on the inside.” Okay, ignore the “burning … Continued

Stoicism for Modern Stresses: 5 Lessons from Cato

Julius Caesar wanted to end him. George Washington wanted to be him. And for two thousand years, he was a singular subject of plays, poetry, and paintings, with admirers as diverse as Benjamin Franklin, the poet Dante, and the Stoic emperor Marcus Aurelius. Yet, for all that, you’ve probably never heard of him… We’ve spent … Continued

Philosophy for Life: An Interview With Jules Evans

How did your to philosophy journey begin? What sparked your interest in Stoicism and philosophy as a way of life–or as you put it for life? If we understand correctly, you discovered it after struggling with some issues on your own in your adolescence? I think I read Marcus Aurelius at school. Then, when I … Continued