The Stoic Duty to Others

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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 it… Continue reading The Stoic Duty to Others

Stoicism, Autonomy and Abortion

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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, if… Continue reading Stoicism, Autonomy and Abortion

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

The Ancient Stoic View of Suicide

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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 and… Continue reading The Ancient Stoic View of Suicide

Stoicism and Coping with Pain

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I don’t have chronic pain and wouldn’t know what people experience when having chronic pain, but I have had some painful experiences such as stomach surgery (once to fix my stomach and once to fix my hernia). Pain can be quite, well, painful. So how does Stoicism help relieve pain? Well, it doesn’t actually relieve… Continue reading Stoicism and Coping with Pain

Apatheia vs Apathy

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Many people are wrongly turned off or on by Stoicism because they think Stoicism endorses a purely indifferent attitude towards the world. People who care very much about the human race and how societies and governments treat their people are especially turned off by apathy. Even more problematic are people who go into Stoicism thinking… Continue reading Apatheia vs Apathy

A Stoic’s Duty to Others

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When I first started dabbling in the philosophy known as Stoicism it was a quick relief for my anxiety, regret, and anger. I was moving from philosophy to philosophy as I was doing since at least high school. I had heard of Stoicism since first getting into philosophy in high school but I had never… Continue reading A Stoic’s Duty to Others

How to use the Dichotomy of Control

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I see it often where fellow Stoics do not get what the dichotomy of control is all about. Epictetus spells out what is in our power and what is not in our power at the beginning of the Enchiridion. What Epictetus is literally meaning is that everything that is up to us is only in… Continue reading How to use the Dichotomy of Control

Stoicism and David Hume

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David Hume held the belief that ethics couldn’t be derived from reason but only from sentiment.  Basically, morality is founded on non-rational emotional responses to experience.  Hume thought of reason like a dog tied to a cart going wherever passion/desire would take it and doing so quite willingly. Stoicism’s views are similar to Hume’s in… Continue reading Stoicism and David Hume

Stoicism, Society, and Emotions

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We’re always told to be mindful of the people around us.  Don’t hurt other’s feelings, or offend, we’re told.  Well, there’s truth to this.  As members of society, despite being taught that people are responsible for how they act based on their feelings or how they manage those feelings, like the motto “sticks and stones… Continue reading Stoicism, Society, and Emotions