The Stoic Philosophy of Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius
Ancient Stoic philosophy is experiencing a well-deserved modern revival because its timeless ethical and psychological teachings focus on the art of living — and how to flourish — in a world that feels out of control.
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What Is “Deep Stoicism”?
Stoic “life hacks” are not a real philosophy of life—but Deep Stoicism is.
Why We Feel the Grief of War
We normally feel grief when we lose a loved one. But in the case of the Ukraine war, we’ve lost the sense of an entire world we once knew.
Martin Luther King and the Stoics
What unites the Stoics and Martin Luther King is their shared emphasis on the ideas of human equality, universal brotherhood, and the power of love.
Excellence, Virtue, and Rationality in Stoic Philosophy
Robin Waterfield explains the relationships between excellence, virtue, and reason in Stoic philosophy.
Overcoming Fame, Fortune, and Setbacks: A Conversation with William B. Irvine
How Stoic philosophy helps people to overcome adversity and setbacks in life—and how it helps people to feel a deeper sense of gratitude for what they have.
The Boy Who Would Be King: A Fable About Marcus Aurelius
Ryan Holiday’s children’s book about the young Marcus Aurelius is a skillfully told tale about character building, perfect for kids of all ages.
Even in Paradise, Death Is Present: Stoic Perspectives on Pandemics, Death, and Living with Gratitude
Remembering death is a way of practicing gratitude and being grateful for every day we are alive with those we love.
Does Stoicism Need to Be Updated?: A Conversation with Massimo Pigliucci
Should Stoicism be updated? And if so, exactly why, and how?
What Is the Ultimate Goal of Stoic Philosophy?
John Sellars explains the ultimate goal of Stoic philosophy.
How to Find Justice without Anger: A Stoic Perspective
The Stoic philosopher Seneca wrote that anger was the worst and most damaging emotion. He also explained how to improve the world without its negative energy.
A Short Introduction to Stoicism: Lessons in Stoicism by John Sellars
John Sellars explores the timeless benefits of Stoic philosophy.
Stoicism Is About Making Progress, Not Perfection
While the early Greek Stoics spoke of the perfect sage, the later Roman Stoics focused on Stoicism as a path, in which you make small amounts of progress each day.