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Epictetus’ role ethics, II: specific roles in an individual’s life

Second part of my discussion of Brian Johnson’s book, The Role Ethics of Epictetus: Stoicism in Ordinary Life. Last time we saw that the most fundamental, overriding, role for all of us is, of course, that of a human being, a member of the human polis. 1,249 more words


Stoic Thinking from the Hip Hop Napoleon Bonaparte

Hip Hop Artist Curtis Jackson (aka 50 Cent)

Stress, anxiety, phobias, stage fright and fear itself are insidious impediments for many of us whenever we’re confronting challenges in everyday life. 1,012 more words

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One small anchor

Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor, nor should life rest on a single hope. – Epictetus


Epictetus' role ethics, I: the fundamental role of a human being

I am going to start a series of posts covering Brian Johnson’s The Role Ethics of Epictetus: Stoicism in Ordinary Life, since I found the book both to provide an excuse to go back to Epictetus — always a good thing, and to present a rather under-appreciated aspect of his original contributions to Stoicism. 1,888 more words


Book review: How to Be a Stoic by Massimo Pigliucci

If you’re interested in the philosophy of Stoicism, Massimo Pigliucci’s How to Be a Stoic is the place to start. Don’t let the fact that it’s philosophy stop you – Pigliucci’s conversational, straightforward writing style makes Stoicism easily accessible. 449 more words


‘Some things are within your control. And some things are not.’ Too often we may find ourselves trying to control things that we cannot ultimately control, and an intense frustration may ensue from this. 159 more words