5 Reasons Hypatia of Alexandria Should Be Better Known

Hypatia (born c. 350–370 CE; died 415 CE) was a Hellenistic Neoplatonist philosopher, astronomer, and mathematician, who lived in Alexandria, Egypt, then part of the Eastern Roman Empire. Very few things are known about Hypatia of Alexandria because none of her personal works survived. But there are at least 5 things worth knowing about her. 1. Hypatia of Alexandria was described as beautiful but thisContinue reading “5 Reasons Hypatia of Alexandria Should Be Better Known”

Can you be a conspiracy theorist and follow Stoic philosophy?

Can you be a Stoic and subscribe to some conspiracy theory? Yes, but only if your conspiracy theory makes sense and doesn’t merely try to poke holes in the official theory. There have been conspiracies in the past with few people involved like Charlie Wilson’s War. During Charlie Wilson’s War, the United States Congress hidContinue reading “Can you be a conspiracy theorist and follow Stoic philosophy?”

Sage Advice for a Breakup

You’ve been in a romantic relationship for a few years but now you’re hurt since your loved one has announced that they no longer want to be in a relationship with you. The obvious result is feeling your heart ache, an emptiness in your soul, and your shoulders feel heavy. What once was, what youContinue reading “Sage Advice for a Breakup”

What is the meaning of life for a Stoic?

Anyone who is familiar enough with Stoicism has probably heard of the Stoic motto live in agreement with nature. In fact, the Stoics believed that virtue consisted of a life in harmony with nature. So to live in agreement with nature meant that one will live a virtuous life. So what is the Stoic ideaContinue reading “What is the meaning of life for a Stoic?”

Did Friedrich Nietzsche Reject Stoicism?

I don’t believe that it’s easy to say that Nietzsche wasn’t a Stoic. Nietzsche did actually believe in the principle amor fati, something which Epictetus and other Stoics clearly did believe in. The confusion about Nietzsche outright rejecting Stoicism is this popularly referenced quote by him concerning the Stoics, You desire to LIVE “according toContinue reading “Did Friedrich Nietzsche Reject Stoicism?”

Do Stoics Care about Results?

I have noticed that there is this occasional confusion about whether Stoics care about results since they believe that virtue is the only good. Well, Stoics do care about consequences because if you’re intending to do good, you need to know what the results of those intentions are. There’s an old saying that the roadContinue reading “Do Stoics Care about Results?”

Is Stoicism a Religion?

Is Stoicism a religion? It really depends on what you mean by religion.  But if you ask a person who takes Stoicism seriously as a philosophy, they’ll probably get indignant and be like, “Stoicism is not a religion! It’s a philosophy!” And they’ll be ironically quite religiously zealous about that fact.  Religion to many in theContinue reading “Is Stoicism a Religion?”

Formal and Informal Fallacies

Wikipedia summarizes the distinction between formal and informal fallacies, A formal fallacy can be expressed neatly in a standard system of logic, such as propositional logic, while an informal fallacy originates in an error in reasoning other than an improper logical form. Arguments containing informal fallacies may be formally valid, but still fallacious. Wikipedia contributors.Continue reading “Formal and Informal Fallacies”