(Statue of Marcus Aurelius in the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome. The piazza was designed by Renaissance artist and architect Michelangelo Buonarroti in 1536–1546.)
My brief summary of Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations was one of my most popular posts last year with over 30,000 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
The basic ideas of Daniel Pink’s Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us have entered the intellectual mainstream, but they haven’t had much impact upon the world of work. Continue reading Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose: What We Really Want From Our Work
In 1932, at age 60, my exact age as I write this post, Bertrand Russell penned a provocative essay, “In Praise of Idleness.” Russell begins,
… I was brought up on the saying: ‘Satan finds some mischief for idle hands to do.’ Continue reading Summary of Bertrand Russell’s “In Praise of Idleness”
In yesterday’s post, I discussed Professor Barry Schwartz‘s recent New York Times article “Rethinking Work.” Continue reading Karl Marx for Dummies
The philosopher Immanuel Kant famously argued that you ought to develop your talents. In fact, he argued that we have an absolute duty to do so. But is he correct? Continue reading Kant: Should We Develop Our Talents?