Notes from Seneca’s “On Benefits”

Seneca’s works have been poured over by many, and his popularity only grows in modern times, the information age. One of his least mentioned works, because it doesn’t provide relief for the wary, or focus during hardship, but is nonetheless an important Stoic text on how to live virtuously, is his book “On Benefits”. This… Continue reading Notes from Seneca’s “On Benefits”

American Pragmatism: Why Stoicism is True because It Works

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Do our thoughts mirror reality? Or are they just a tool for prediction, problem-solving or action? Philosophical pragmatists think it’s the latter. In fact, pragmatists aren’t necessarily interested in whether ideas correspond to reality or not but they are specifically interested in whether ideas serve practical purposes in our daily life. Pragmatism originated from Charles… Continue reading American Pragmatism: Why Stoicism is True because It Works

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

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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 ousia… Continue reading Why the Universe Being Good or Rational Is Not a Fallacy of Composition

5 Things You Must Know about Stoic Physics

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Per wikipedia: Stoic physics is the natural philosophy adopted by the Stoic philosophers to explain the natural processes at work in the universe. According to the Stoics, the cosmos is a single pantheistic god, one which is rational and creative, and which is the basis of everything which exists. The nature of the world is one of unceasing change, driven by the active… Continue reading 5 Things You Must Know about Stoic Physics

How Stoicism Is Like Having Your Cake and Eating It Too

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You can’t have your cake and eat it too is an old proverb. But it’s obviously quite dated. I mean, people implicitly mean that they’re going to eat cake when they ask, “can I have that piece of cake?” So the logical implication is quite apparent that if you are going to have your cake,… Continue reading How Stoicism Is Like Having Your Cake and Eating It Too

Why Stoics Must Have Humor

Humor has had a bad reputation among philosophers for thousands of years. Humor and laughter have had few mentions by philosophers and when they are mentioned they are characterized in negative terms. Plato and Aristotle viewed humor as malicious or merely a form of mockery. Plato thought that comedy should be tightly regulated by the… Continue reading Why Stoics Must Have Humor

Would Rejecting the Stoic Physics Make Stoicism 2.0 Or Would It Make Cynicism 1.0?

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While I am a fan of Stoic physics and I do agree with essentially all of it, I have to say that before Zeno of Citium developed the Stoic physics, Stoicism already existed mostly in the form of what we call Cynicism. And truly noble people were Cynics and were correct that virtue is the… Continue reading Would Rejecting the Stoic Physics Make Stoicism 2.0 Or Would It Make Cynicism 1.0?

5 Things You Must Know about Hildegard of Bingen

Hildegard of Bingen (1098 – 17 September 1179) was a German Benedictine abbess, writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, visionary, and polymath of the High Middle Ages. She is one of the best-known composers of sacred monophony, as well as the most-recorded in modern history. She has been considered by many in Europe to be the founder of scientific natural history in Germany. Here are… Continue reading 5 Things You Must Know about Hildegard of Bingen

What does it mean to be a Stoic?

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What does it mean to be a Stoic? I think there are several things that it takes to define a Stoic. First, you must know what it’s like to suffer. Everyone has this quality. You’ve probably been called a name or you’ve been rejected by a loved one. Perhaps you’ve felt powerless because of some… Continue reading What does it mean to be a Stoic?

5 Things You Must Know about Hipparchia of Maroneia

Hipparchia was a Cynic philosopher from Maroneia in Thrace, who flourished around 300 BCE. She became famous for her marriage to Crates the Cynic, and infamous for supposedly consummating the marriage in public. Here are 5 things you must know about Hipparchia. Hipparchia was a coequal to her husband Crates of Thebes. Hipparchia fell in love with Crates… Continue reading 5 Things You Must Know about Hipparchia of Maroneia