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

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 theContinue reading “Would Rejecting the Stoic Physics Make Stoicism 2.0 Or Would It Make Cynicism 1.0?”

What does it mean to be a Stoic?

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 someContinue reading “What does it mean to be a Stoic?”

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?”

Stoicism and Amor Fati

I was taking a look at Massimo Pigliucci’s article Did the Ancient Stoics Believe in a Living Cosmos? Does It Matter? published in Medium and I thought his Stoicism 2.0 wasn’t a radical departure from Stoicism. I’m not sure I would sell it as Stoicism 2.0 since it appears to retain basically everything except forContinue reading “Stoicism and Amor Fati”

The Ancient Stoic View of Suicide

When I first explored Stoicism, I was surprised to learn that they were fine with suicide. In fact, that was one of the few things I learned about them at first. I found out that Zeno of Citium (founder of Stoic philosophy in ancient Athens) broke his toe when he was in his 70s andContinue reading “The Ancient Stoic View of Suicide”