My review of the book Being Better: Stoicism for a World Worth Living In

This book remains consistent with Stoicism while also expanding our concerns towards the environment. I’ve really enjoyed this book. It’s a great read for people new to Stoic philosophy and for people who have had a long-time interest in the philosophy. I like that this book does the good thing and contrasts Stoicism with AristotleContinue reading “My review of the book Being Better: Stoicism for a World Worth Living In”

Nonviolent Communication and Stoicism

This article blends and compares Stoicism with a “Needs pie” discussed by a popular Nonviolent Communication teacher Marianne Van Dijk, who’s YouTube channel is called “Cup of Empathy”. The one pictured is my own rendition, but all the words and lay out are the same. I find this Pie a useful cognitive exploration of hardContinue reading “Nonviolent Communication and Stoicism”

Why the Universe Being Good or Rational Is Not a Fallacy of Composition

The Stoics believed the whole cosmos to be God which directs all things along their determined paths. The Stoics believed the universe to be composed of an active and creative fire or breath (pneuma) that was coextensive with passive matter (ousia). Pneuma is like a field that emanates through all the ousia and gives ousiaContinue reading “Why the Universe Being Good or Rational Is Not a Fallacy of Composition”

Stoicism and Virtue Signaling

In this article, I specifically redefine virtue signaling to make a point. I give virtue signaling a positive meaning since in my experience people who are often accused of virtue signaling are likely intending to say, defend, and do the right thing. Often, we hear people complain about others who virtue signal. But what is virtue signaling? VirtueContinue reading “Stoicism and Virtue Signaling”

The Stoic Duty to Others

When I began dabbling in Stoic philosophy it was a quick relief for my anxiety, regret, and anger. Before investigating Stoicism, I moved from philosophy to philosophy as I had done since high school. I knew of Stoicism since first getting into philosophy, but I never understood how virtue led to happiness. I found itContinue reading “The Stoic Duty to Others”

Stoicism, Autonomy and Abortion

The Stoics believed in virtue and the chief one among them, justice. The Stoics also believed in preferred indifferents, for example, health, wealth, reputation, pleasure, and education. What did they believe about autonomy though? The Stoics believed in one type of autonomy that was always within our possession: the freedom from perturbation. In fact, ifContinue reading “Stoicism, Autonomy and Abortion”

Interview with Rob Colter: Stoic education in Prisons

“The wise man will not pardon any crime that ought to be punished, but he will accomplish, in a nobler way, all that is sought in pardoning. He will spare some and watch over some, because of their youth, and others on account of their ignorance. His clemency will not fall short of justice, but will fulfill it perfectly.” – Seneca I askedContinue reading “Interview with Rob Colter: Stoic education in Prisons”

How Spinoza and the Ancient Stoics Were on the Same Page

In the Ethics Spinoza attempts to give his philosophical metaphysics an absolute foundation in the style of Euclidean proofs. One of the principal focuses of the Ethics is to show that God is Nature and Nature is God. Like Descartes and Leibniz, Spinoza was a rationalist which meant he believed that all knowledge could beContinue reading “How Spinoza and the Ancient Stoics Were on the Same Page”

Why Virtue Is the Only Good

It is fundamental that virtue is the only good for a Stoic. There is not a perfect proof for why virtue is the sole good. As my philosophy professor at Drury U used to say, “you have to bite the bullet when deciding to commit to any particular ethical theory.” People at times despair thatContinue reading “Why Virtue Is the Only Good”