Interviews

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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How To Keep Your Cool: An Interview With James Romm

This is our third interview with author and scholar James Romm. We interviewed James first back in 2016 after his review of The Daily Stoic in the Wall Street Journal about his great biography of Seneca, Dying Every Day, then again in 2018 on his translation and collection of Seneca’s various thoughts on death, as featured in How to Die: An Ancient Guide to the End …

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Marcus Aurelius’ Psychological Toolkit: An Interview With Donald Robertson

This is our second interview with the great Donald Robertson, who has worked tirelessly on behalf of the modern Stoic community. He is a cognitive-behavioral psychotherapist, trainer, and writer. He was born in Ayrshire, Scotland, and after living in England and working in London for many years, he emigrated to Canada where he now lives. …

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Outer Order, Inner Calm: An Interview With Bestselling Author Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin is the author of several books, including the block-buster New York Times bestsellers, Better Than Before, The Happiness Project, Happier at Home, The Four Tendencies, and her newest book, Outer Order, Inner Calm. She has an enormous readership, both in print and online, and her books have sold more than 3.5 million copies worldwide, in more than …

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Stoicism And The Quest For A Life Well Lived: An Interview With U.S. Naval Academy Professor Marcus Hedahl

As we talk about extensively here at Daily Stoic, philosophy is not just about talking or lecturing, or even reading long, dense books. In fact, it is something men and women of action use—and have used throughout history—to solve their problems and achieve their greatest triumphs. Not in the classroom, but on the battlefield, in …

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