Interviews

Bestselling Author David Epstein On Philosophy, Accepting Obstacles, and Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

The stereotype of the philosopher is one who spends all day and night with their dense textbooks and their denser thoughts. But when we look at the Stoics, we see that that’s just not the case. Seneca was a philosopher and a playwright and a political advisor. Marcus Aurelius was dabbling in philosophy…as he had …

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A Beginner’s Guide To The End: An Interview With BJ Miller and Shoshana Berger

The one thing that appears the most in Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, and Epictetus is the importance of coming to terms with our mortality so we’re not defined by it. Most of us either deny our mortality or we are incredibly anxious about it. BJ Miller, one of the most well-respected and passionate doctors in the …

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Stoicism And Sustainability: An Interview With Kai Whiting

Kai Whiting is a researcher and lecturer in sustainability and Stoicism based at the University of Lisbon, Portugal. His main research interests are how to better account for resource use and the practical application of Stoic philosophy to the challenges of the 21st century. His background is in Environmental Engineering, but recognized that without philosophy, …

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Stoicism, Feminism, and Autonomy: An Interview With Emily McGill and Scott Aikin

Emily McGill received a Ph.D. in philosophy from Vanderbilt University in 2015. Her research areas are social/political philosophy, feminist philosophy, and ethics. Scott Aikin is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. He earned his B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, his M.A. from the University of Montana, and his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt. …

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Stoicism And Coping With Brain Cancer: An Interview With Jonathan Church

Jonathan Church is an economist and writer. He works as an economist at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. He has degrees in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University, and became a CFA charter holder in 2014. He also earned a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania. Finally, he has …

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DJ Mick Batyske On Stoicism, Shifting His Mindset, And Turning Obstacles Into Opportunities

When you think ancient philosophy, you might not also think DJs, loud music, and partying but the two are more connected than it may seem. At least, the two are connected when it comes to Mick Batyske. Mick Batyske never expected being a DJ would become his full-time career, let alone that he would spin …

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Marcus Lattimore On Studying Philosophy, Overcoming A Horrific Career-Ending Injury, and Finding His True Calling

On October 27th, 2012, on live television, running back at the University of South Carolina Marcus Lattimore suffered a horrific on-field knee injury that he would never fully recover from. Lattimore was one of those once in a lifetime talents, but in one play, the football career Lattimore had built his entire identity around all …

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