How Spinoza and the Ancient Stoics Were on the Same Page

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In the Ethics Spinoza attempts to give his philosophical metaphysics an absolute foundation in the style of Euclidean proofs. One of the principal focuses of the Ethics is to show that God is Nature and Nature is God. Like Descartes and Leibniz, Spinoza was a rationalist which meant he believed that all knowledge could be… Continue reading How Spinoza and the Ancient Stoics Were on the Same Page

What does it mean to be a Stoic?

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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 some… Continue reading What does it mean to be a Stoic?

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?

Why Stoic Physics Makes Sense

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I was thinking about how I simply don’t believe that the Stoic physics is all that essential to Stoic ethics. Some people think that there needs to be a rational law throughout the universe for Stoic ethics to work. It’s not enough that we’re trying to be rational and trying to live in accord with… Continue reading Why Stoic Physics Makes Sense

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

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