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.

In this engaging video discussion, William B. Irvine and David Fideler discuss the following topics:

  • What do Stoicism and Buddhism agree on?
  • Why do people pursue fame and fortune?
  • What is “a philosophy of life” — and what might you miss out on in life without one?
  • Why is gratitude and appreciation important in Stoicism?
  • What are the benefits of Stoic “negative visualization”?
  • How can we think about setbacks so that we can benefit from them?
  • How do Stoics transform adversities into a source of goodness?
  • Why can fearing failure be dangerous and self-limiting?

To watch the video, click this link or the image below.


William B. Irvine is professor of philosophy at Wright State University. His books discussed in this video include On Desire: Why We Want What We Want, A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy, and The Stoic Challenge.

David Fideler is the editor of the Stoic Insights website. He holds a PhD in philosophy and is the author of the first clear and faithful guide to the teachings of the Stoic philosopher Seneca, Breakfast with Seneca: A Stoic Guide to the Art of Living


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