Stoicism Today: Selected Writings (Volume 1) by Patrick Ussher

By Patrick Ussher

From Stoic ethics to emotions, from Stoic mayors and mindfulness to useful philosophy, parenting, psychotherapy and prisons, from celebrity Trek and Socrates to Stoic legal professionals, literature and residing normally, this publication brings jointly a wide-ranging number of reflections on dwelling the Stoic existence at the present time. you will learn recommendation on dealing with adversity, reflections on happiness and the great existence and strong own stories of placing Stoicism into training. yet you will additionally examine the hyperlinks among Stoicism and psychotherapy, Stoicism and mindfulness meditation and the unforeseen locations Stoicism can pop up in sleek tradition. This booklet could be of curiosity to either lecturers and non-academics alike and is ready the various ways that the 2,300 12 months outdated philosophy as a lifestyle continues to be correct to the worries and wishes of the current day.

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Stoicism Today: Selected Writings (Volume 1)

From Stoic ethics to emotions, from Stoic mayors and mindfulness to useful philosophy, parenting, psychotherapy and prisons, from megastar Trek and Socrates to Stoic attorneys, literature and dwelling in most cases, this publication brings jointly a wide-ranging number of reflections on dwelling the Stoic existence this day.

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The Stoic conception of ‘virtue’ itself, therefore, is strongly social. In conclusion, some scholars, such as Mary Midgley, consider that the emergence of morality itself stems from human beings having a ‘social instinct’. It would seem like the Stoics were one of the first, if not the first, to develop a rather universalist, whole-scale system of ethics based on that instinct. It is one of the most striking aspects of their thinking, and one which can never lose its relevance. To end, I quote one of Marcus’s most famous reflections on Stoic cosmopolitanism.

He has also written the introduction and notes for Epictetus: Discourses, Fragments, Handbook and Marcus Aurelius: Meditations, both part of the Oxford World’s Classics series. Ryan Holiday is a media strategist and prominent writer on strategy and business. He served as director of marketing at American Apparel for many years. His books include Trust Me I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator (Portfolio, 2010) and, on Stoicism, The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph (Portfolio, 2013).

Or was I made instead just to lie under these bedclothes, all warm and comfortable? ” But were you born for pleasure? Look at it this way: were you born for passivity or to be a man of action? Can you not see that even the shrubs, sparrows, ants, spiders and bees all do their bit, their part in making up the smooth functioning of the universe? , my translation. , The Origin of Ethics in Ed. , ‘A Companion to Ethics’. Wiley- Blackwell: 1993. Stoics are not Unemotional! Donald Robertson The misconception that Stoics are unemotional like robots, or like the Vulcan “Mister Spock” in Star Trek, is widespread today, and yet not one that was shared so easily by the ancients [See also Jen Farren’s piece, ‘Stoicism and Star Trek’, in Part VIII].

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