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

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 to… Continue reading Did Friedrich Nietzsche Reject Stoicism?

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

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