Why Virtue Is the Only Good

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It is fundamental that virtue is the only good for a Stoic. There is not a perfect proof for why virtue is the sole good. As my philosophy professor at Drury U used to say, “you have to bite the bullet when deciding to commit to any particular ethical theory.” People at times despair that… Continue reading Why Virtue Is the Only Good

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

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 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

5 Reasons Stoicism is Better than Digiorno

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While it is true that DiGiorno might be just as good as delivery and it may take the same amount of time as delivery takes, there’s no possible way that DiGiorno can ever top Stoicism. Here are 5 Reasons why Stoicism is better than DiGiorno. 1. While kids and adults can, in theory, eat pizza… Continue reading 5 Reasons Stoicism is Better than Digiorno

How Stoically living in agreement with nature is Newtonian physics without friction

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The Stoic motto is to live in agreement with nature (also a Cynic motto). It’s common to sum up the motto as, “live rationally and virtuously.” That’s basically what it means. But there’s more to it. The foundation of Stoic morality isn’t mere reason but reason and love, a form of rational love. In fact… Continue reading How Stoically living in agreement with nature is Newtonian physics without friction

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 and Moral Responsibility

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Most people, if you ask them if they believe that everything has a cause, they’ll likely say yes.  Most people, if you ask them if they believe that everyone is more or less morally responsible, they’ll likely say yes. The ancient Stoics believed everyone was morally responsible more or less and the Stoics believed that… Continue reading Stoicism and Moral Responsibility

5 Reasons Stoicism is Better than Disney

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1. Disney has come a long way. The princesses don’t just save themselves, but they also save China or their whole island. Princesses even save Queens. Stoicism has also come a long way. In the beginning, Stoicism was for everyone, but philosophers have a hard time convincing the masses that people should be treated equally.… Continue reading 5 Reasons Stoicism is Better than Disney