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What Is Stoicism? A Definition & 9 Stoic Exercises To Get You Started

For those of us who live our lives in the real world, there is one branch of philosophy created just for us: Stoicism. A brief synopsis and definition on this particular school of Hellenistic philosophy: Stoicism was founded in Athens by Zeno of Citium in the early 3rd century BC,...

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Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking: An Interview with Oliver Burkeman

Oliver Burkeman is a writer for The Guardian based in New York. He’s also helped bring stoicism to a mass audience with his popular book, The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking. The book, which has a chapter based on Seneca, explores the upsides of negativity, uncertainty,...

What Are The Main Differences Between Epicureanism And Stoicism?

This post originally appeared on Quora: What are the main differences between epicureanism and stoicism? The garden and the veranda. The Epicureans   Epicurus, founder of the school of philosophy called Epicureanism The Epicureans were materialists in the modern, scientific sense. They accepted the physics of Democritus...

The Life and Legacy of Cato: An Interview With Author Jimmy Soni

Jimmy Soni is the author of Rome’s Last Citizen: The Life and Legacy of Cato, Mortal Enemy of Caesar, a biography of Cato the Younger. Soni’s forthcoming biography of mathematician, Claude Shannon, will be published in 2017. What came first, your interest in stoicism or your interest in Cato the Younger? What...
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How to Let Go of Your Emotions and Find Happiness

"This post originally appeared on Quora: What are some Stoic teachings on letting go?" The most important step in letting go is realizing that nothing has intrinsic value -- nothing is good or bad. In our daily lives, how we motivate ourselves is to think "some steak would be good right...
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Why Stoicism Is Having a Cultural Moment

Stoicism is apparently popular again — at least, that’s how it appears, given the spate of recent popular books, articles and events on the topic. There’s Julie Beck’s essay from The Atlantic on the benefits of thinking about death like a Stoic, Oliver Burkeman’s book on the “negative path” to happiness that...

A Guide To The Good Life: An Interview With William B. Irvine

  William B. Irvine is professor of philosophy at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He is the author of A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy. For more on his life and writings, visit his author website at   There is the perception that practitioners...

10 Insanely Useful Stoic Exercises

Today I want to describe various Stoic exercises that you can do to develop a Stoic outlook on life. While this is obviously useful for the would-be Stoic, I think that everyone can benefit these exercises. If you don’t know much about Stoicism then here would be a good start, or...
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Stoicism Isn’t Pessimistic. It’s Boldly Optimistic

When I was nineteen years old I was told to read a book: Meditations, by the stoic philosopher emperor Marcus Aurelius. Of course, I didn’t fully understand it at the time, again I was a teenager, but I immediately tore the book apart and made a million notes on it. It...

The Stoic Art of Negative Visualization

A CEO calls her staff into the conference room on the eve of the launch of a major new initiative. They file in and take their seats around the table. She calls the meeting to attention and begins, “I have bad news. The project has failed spectacularly. What went wrong?”...
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1900:  Roman civilization, 2nd century A.D. Bust of Emperor Marcus Aurelius.  (Photo By DEA / G. NIMATALLAH/De Agostini/Getty Images)

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...