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How to Be a Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life

How to Be a Stoic Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life In the tradition of How to Live and How Proust Can Change Your Life a philosopher asks how ancient Stoicism can help us flourish todayWhenever we worry about what to eat how to love or simply how t

  • Title: How to Be a Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life
  • Author: Massimo Pigliucci
  • ISBN: 9780465097951
  • Page: 264
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the tradition of How to Live and How Proust Can Change Your Life, a philosopher asks how ancient Stoicism can help us flourish todayWhenever we worry about what to eat, how to love, or simply how to be happy, we are worrying about how to lead a good life No goal is elusive In How to Be a Stoic, philosopher Massimo Pigliucci offers Stoicism, the ancient philosophyIn the tradition of How to Live and How Proust Can Change Your Life, a philosopher asks how ancient Stoicism can help us flourish todayWhenever we worry about what to eat, how to love, or simply how to be happy, we are worrying about how to lead a good life No goal is elusive In How to Be a Stoic, philosopher Massimo Pigliucci offers Stoicism, the ancient philosophy that inspired the great emperor Marcus Aurelius, as the best way to attain it Stoicism is a pragmatic philosophy that focuses our attention on what is possible and gives us perspective on what is unimportant By understanding Stoicism, we can learn to answer crucial questions Should we get married or divorced How should we handle our money in a world nearly destroyed by a financial crisis How can we survive great personal tragedy Whoever we are, Stoicism has something for us and How to Be a Stoic is the essential guide.

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    1. Massimo Pigliucci

      Massimo Pigliucci is the chair of the Department of Philosophy at CUNY Lehman College He is also the editor in chief for the journal Philosophy Theory in Biology He is an outspoken critic of creationism and advocate of science education.Pigliucci was born in Monrovia, Liberia, although he was raised in Rome, Italy He has a doctorate in genetics from the University of Ferrara, Italy, a Ph.D in bilogy from the University of Connecticut, and a Ph.D in philosophy of science from the University of Tennessee He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.Pigliucci was formerly a professor of ecology and evolution at Stony Brook University He explored phenotypic plasticity, genotype environment interactions, natural selection, and the constraints imposed on natural selection by the genetic and developmental makeup of organisms Early in his career, he received the prestigious Theodosius Dobzhansky Prize from the Society for the Study of Evolution As a philosopher, Pigliucci is interested in the structure and foundations of evolutionary theory, the relationship between science and philosophy, and the relationship between science and religion.Pigliucci writes regularly for Skeptical Inquirer on topics such as climate change denial He has also written for Philosophy Now and maintains a blog called Rationally Speaking He has debated deniers of evolution young earth creationists and intelligent design proponents , including young earth creationists Duane Gish and Kent Hovind and intelligent design proponents William Dembski and Jonathan Wells, on many occasions.Pigliucci is an atheist, and while he considers atheism a perfectly respectable metaphysical position, he believes that science does not necessarily demand atheism, because of the distinction between methodological and philosophical naturalism and the distinction between matters of fact and value judgments He believes that many scientists and science educators fail to appreciate these differences.Pigliucci serves on the board of NYC Skeptics and on the advisory board of the Secular Coalition for America He also co hosts its official podcast, Rationally Speaking, with Julia Galef.

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    1. Pigliucci could also have subtitled this book A Journey with Epictetus as much of it is written as a conversation between himself and the Greek philosopher. I suppose those with a sound knowledge of philosophy might think of this book as 'pop philosophy' and I suppose in some ways it is. As someone with only a superficial knowledge, it was perfect for me however.The book discusses the three Stoic displines of desire, action and assent, and the four Stoic virtues: (practical) wisdom, courage, jus [...]



    2. I hadn’t read about stoicism before, yet, it puts so well in words many of my life philosophies and practices. Especially those hard for me to explain. Like being ready to lose anything or anyone and caring about them at the same time. Or that I don’t have to be a robot to stay calm if events are out of my control.The idea that living a good life depends on understanding both how the world and human's reasoning work is severely underrepresented in self-help and philosophy literature, I’ve [...]


    3. 3.7 starsIt is quite a good book, but with the same breath I want to say "it better be after borrowing so much from its predecessors". I enjoyed particularly the illustrating stories from author's life (although they did not match A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy ) and from lives of modern day Stoics. In terms of clarity of thinking and ability to move beyond just repeating the "wisdom of the ancients", the book definitely lacked compared to A New Stoicism. At last, in term [...]


    4. So almost all of my reviews are actually of audiobooks, but this one I wanted to make sure I chose the audiobook edition because I think things specific to the audiobook impacted my enjoyment. I honestly found the narrator a bit boring. Like, he detracted from the work.That said: there are plenty of interesting insights, and things to ponder in here. It's not bad. But it definitely did not speak to me as much as I hoped. No real revelations here.


    5. I would compare reading this book to casually conversing with a wise, sincere, extremely well read friend. It’s disorganized and not as brief as it could be, but there are great words of wisdom, explanations and intuitive anecdotes. I especially appreciated the actionable items at the end, and the attempts to interpret ancient teachings into a modern context.


    6. Ik kwam bij het Stoïcisme terecht toen ik de volgende talk van Tim Ferriss bekeek. Op dat moment worstelde ik met angsten en de meditatie ‘premeditatio malorum’ (een meditatie uit het Stoïcisme) hielp mij om rustiger en kalmer te worden.Na deze meditatie die enorm hielp was ik gelijk geïnteresseerd in het Stoïcisme en wilde ik er meer over leren. Ik kwam uit bij dit boek van Massimo Pigliucci.Twee grootste lessen uit het boek1. Besef je dat iedereen een sterveling is en realiseer je dat [...]


    7. The philosophy was interesting, as was the style of writing (philosophy articulation via discourse). I enjoyed learning about the core concepts of Stoicism and will explore them in my personal life. However the religious overtones of many of the stories shared in the book, the “faith” like fervor of it was a little off putting for me


    8. I quite enjoyed revisiting Stoicism. This book is fairly easy to understand but I felt modern analogies could have been more plentiful to help those not familiar with this ancient philosophy adapt it to life in the 21st century. Stoicism can certainly be helpful in coping with the increasingly rude, narcissistic, and petulant society in which we live.


    9. Estoy de acuerdo con el autor de este libro en que el estoicismo se ha definido por muchos erróneamente como una filosofía que ve las situaciones de la vida con desdén e indiferencia y que fue practicada por un grupo de filósofos suicidas excéntricos. La doctrina estoica, junto con la aristotélica, han tenido mayor influencia en la historia del pensamiento occidental de lo que poco se imaginan. La principal influencia, previa al nacimiento del estoicismo, fue Sócrates y uno de los más im [...]


    10. As an introduction to Stoicism, it utterly accomplishes its aim. My only dissatisfaction that was derived from this book, is the fact that I would like to have seen a bit more of Marcus Aurelius, Seneca and maybe Musonius Rufus. All three aforementioned Stoics are indeed touched upon but only briefly whereas Epictetus seems to get the lion's share of exposure and elaboration. This however of course has to do with the author's style which unfolds as a conversation between the writer and his teach [...]


    11. Read this on my Kindle and found myself highlighting so much of the text because so much is relevant, not a bunch of fluff leading up to points made. It is more clear than William Irvine's A Guide To The Good Life, which is also excellent. This book will be cherished and re-read. Highly recommend.


    12. I'm still pretty new to Stoicism, but got this recommended to me by a friend of mine who spoke highly of it.It feels like a very good primer of all the main tenets of Stoicism (or so the author says). The book does a good job at breaking down the origins of Stoicism, the basic tenets, and expanding on each, while giving modern day examples of them.The author shows the modern day applications of Stoicism, showing how applicable the philosophy is in this day and age.I love the practical applicatio [...]


    13. Com a ajuda do conhecimento dos filósofos da antiguidade, Pigliucci examina a filosofia estóica em um contexto moderno.O livro é estruturado como uma “conversa" entre o autor e o filósofo grego Epictetus, que Pigliucci escolheu como o principal caso para estudar os princípios do estoicismo. Durante o diálogo, a disciplina e as considerações da época são transpostas com elegância para que se alcance um entendimento contemporâneo da filosofia. Pigliucci faz questão de trazer para a [...]


    14. Stoicism is a guide to living a happy, peaceful, and fearless life. It may be two thousand years old, but what it says – especially its way of life which the Stoics called “ethics” –  is as applicable today as it has ever been. Stoicism doesn’t need “improvement” but it does need to be expressed in current English and the examples need to be updated so it is relevant to modern life.There have been several attempts to do this. For example, Donald Robertson’s Stoicism and the Art [...]


    15. What is the goal of virtue, after all, except a life that flows smoothly? —EPICTETUS, DISCOURSES, I.4It is through quotes like these taken from one of the greatest stoic philosophers that Massimo Pigliucci, makes his case on why stoicism is a place for everyone who seeks a more rational, purposeful and peaceful life.This book offers not only one of the most up to date approaches to modern stoicism but also a great and simplified overview on all Hellenistic schools of philosophy and its main id [...]


    16. Another revisiting of Stoic Philosophy, communicated in the frame of a mentor/mentee relationship between the author(mentee) and various philosophers primarily Epictetus. The book explores the Stoic Disciplines of Desire, Action, and Assent, as well as the four cardinal virtues of courage, temperance, justice and practical wisdom. Having read a lot about stoic philosophy, I feel this book didn't add much to my overall knowledge, but added new perspectives, with the thought experiment of living i [...]


    17. Stoicism as a philosophy to live in the better possible way was something I've never thought about, and I was happy to read this book because it shows how actual and modern it can still be after all this century. I will go back now, and read some other books from this author, because he writes pretty good and he is clear and gives a lot of examples.Lo stoicismo come filosofia per vivere nel migliore dei modi possibili non l'avevo mai considerata, e sono stata quindi felice di leggere questo libr [...]



    18. Outstanding book that brings key elements of ancient Stoicism into the 21st century. Massimo additionally delves into why this is appropriate: Stoicism has, from it's earliest roots been about finding truth and applying it to living a good life.


    19. Pigliucci has written a nice summary of Stoic philosophy and principals. This is not a self help book, rather, it is an overview of Stoicism and how it might look in a modern context. It relies heavily on Epictetus while relegating other philosophers to the background, like Marcus Aurelius (my favorite Stoic). The exercises he suggests are nice as well. ---Some notes taken while reading---Pigliucci begins with a description of what Stoicism is: "In reality, Stoicism is not about suppressing or h [...]


    20. I do not know whether I shall make progress, but I should prefer to lack success rather than to lack faith. Seneca


    21. win. review to come.This was an interesting read. This book is on how to live life. I found it to have some good points. Definitely made me think in a different view point.


    22. How many times does it happen that a book long expected still lives up to its expectation? This one does it it's a book that may very well conclude my rediscovery and return into a practical, rational approach to life, happiness and good living. What I used to think as an 18-year old, now finds it very well written (intermediate) conclusion.I've admired Massimo Pigliucci for a very long time, initially following him through his scientific and skeptical work. When he went into philosophy, my mai [...]


    23. Great book about Stoicism. It's more an introduction to the topic and provides good overview together with where Stoicism comes from and where it sits among the rest of the ancient philosophies, albeit only the Greek ones are examined and Eastern philosophy is just acknowledged. Anyway the book had powerful messages. It is nicely divided into relevant chapters and one can deduce and learn a lot. It will not go into detailed examination of Stoicism or "philosophies" in the way ancient philosopher [...]


    24. Tenho já há algum tempo me interessado pelo estoicismo e tenho visto que existe um certo interesse pelo tema mundo afora. Existe uma Stoic week que acontece todos os anos em países anglófonos e é uma espécie de convenção para todo tipo de interessado pelo tema, sejam leigos ou estudiosos ou especialistas acadêmicos no tema. Já tinha conhecido – e lido – A guide to the good life, do William B. Irvine, um filósofo americano, que recomendo vivamente. Foi uma das leituras que mais me [...]


    25. How to live your life? This is a big question and probably there are countless views on the answer. I have been touching this topic remotely before (Marcus Aurelius "Mediations", Viktor E Frankl "Man's search for meaning etc.") and in parallel I have read about Buddhism. According to my latest perception stoicism is more suited for a rational mind and also focuses more on progress (Buddhism seems to have primary focus on individual and how to react instead of taking initiative). Yet as a philoso [...]


    26. Interesting. One or two mild irritations which I shall talk about as dispassionately as possible Speak little and well. Page 219: Don't talk about sport or television or celebrities. It sounds elitist. Because it is. Why is it that it's so virtuous not to talk about 'empty' topics? After all aren't we all mortal beings? Being human and subject to the inevitability of decline and death, why should we spend all our times ensuring we have discussions that are purposely deep? When it comes to gossip [...]


    27. «Sono stato un ateo agguerrito prima ancora che il nuovo ateismo diventasse una moda. Quando vivevo in Tennessee, avrei dibattuto con decine e decine di persone convinte che la Terra avesse soltanto qualche migliaio di anni, saldamente persuaso che i creazionisti fossero poco più xhe provinciali bifolchi i quali non aspettavano altro che da Roma venisse a illuminarli il professore colto e cosmopolita. Ma mi sbagliavo. Non tanto sull'età della Terra (su questo sono abbastanza sicuro che la mia [...]


    28. I'm still pretty new to Stoicism, but got this recommended to me by a friend of mine who spoke highly of it.It feels like a very good primer of all the main tenets of Stoicism (or so the author says). The book does a good job at breaking down the origins of Stoicism, the basic tenets, and expanding on each, while giving modern day examples of them.The author shows the modern day applications of Stoicism, showing how applicable the philosophy is in this day and age.I love the practical applicatio [...]


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