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
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
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
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
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?
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
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 you… Continue reading Sage Advice for a Breakup
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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 the… Continue reading Is Stoicism a Religion?