Category Archives: Stoicism

The Stoics on the Emotions or Passions

Zeno of Citium, bust in the Farnese collection, Naples – Photo by Paolo Monti, 1969.

A common criticism of Stoicism is that is doesn’t leave proper room for the emotions or passions (EorP), and thus that it advocate a passionless, unemotional and apathetic life. Let’s investigate this claim. Continue reading The Stoics on the Emotions or Passions

Marcus Aurelius On Getting Out Of Bed

(Statue of Marcus Aurelius in the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome.)

My summary of Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations is one of my most popular posts with over 100,000 views. While re-reading the actual text, I was struck by the relevance to modern life of the first paragraph of Book V. Continue reading Marcus Aurelius On Getting Out Of Bed

Epictetus and Admiral James Stockdale

                                             

Admiral James Stockdale                                                                               Epictetus

In the last few days I have written about each of the three major Stoic philosophers: Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, and Epictetus. Continue reading Epictetus and Admiral James Stockdale