Can Stoicism Help Us Live Well? Forthcoming

Bust of Seneca

I have written about Stoicism previously but lately, I’ve been researching it extensively. The goal of my research is to distill the essence of Stoic wisdom as it pertains to helping people live well—primarily by achieving inner peace and equanimity. Then I’ll share these insights in easy to understand language. In other words, I will write a short essay that someone can read and say, “I understand Stoic wisdom and I see how it will help me to experience more peace of mind and happiness.”

Note that while the internet supplies many excellent explanations of Stoicism (Wikipedia, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Modern Stoicism) they tend to be more detailed and academic than I want to be, although I’ll consult these and other good sources. There are also many simple accounts of Stoicism but most of them are, in my view, disappointing. This gap in the literature has motivated me to try to write my own version—a Stoicism for beginners if you will.

I’m also inspired by the notion that by clarifying the essence of Stoic wisdom to others I will come to better understand it myself and, at the same time, become better able to incorporate its wisdom into my own life. Hopefully, my presentation of Stoic wisdom will help all of us in our quest to live more tranquil lives.


Note: It may take a few weeks to finish my background reading and write the essay.

[Previous posts on Stoicism. The first 3 listed have each been viewed over 50,000 times.]

Marcus Aurelius: A Brief Summary of The Meditations

Summary of the Discourses of Epictetus

Summary of Seneca On the Shortness of Life

Summary of Seneca “On Tranquility”

The Stoics on the Emotions or Passions

Marcus Aurelius On Getting Out Of Bed

Western Philosophical Meditation

Critique of Epictetus and Stockdale

Epictetus and Admiral James Stockdale

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2 thoughts on “Can Stoicism Help Us Live Well? Forthcoming

  1. is this post the philosophers version of the ‘how do you keep a turkey in suspense?’ joke?

  2. Aurelius’ martial role was not entirely forced on him. He could have abdicated as emperor if militarism– of any sort– interfered with his or anyone else’s stoicism. However such is outside the parameters of strict philosophy as we are dealing with here. At any rate, that’s what one can always appreciate about philosophy: it can be as abstract as math is, or real world.

    One of my philo-futurist hypotheses: I perceive stoicism in the near future as non-emotional interaction with chatbots and, later on, robots, etc, because dislocation is going to radically distort human relations. Thus it will be very difficult for all but the strongest and smartest to deal with the outcome. The far future wont be for the faint of heart–but will see unpredictable game-changing resulting from AI and other technologies. So you’d better not pout and you’d better not cry… I’m a telling you why…

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