An engaging guide to how Stoicism - the ancient philosophy of Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius - can provide lessons for living in the modern world
Whenever we worry about what to eat, how to love, or simply how to be happy, we are worrying about how to lead a good life. No goal is more elusive. In How to Be a Stoic, philosopher Massimo Pigliucci offers Stoicism, the ancient philosophy that inspired the great emperor Marcus Aurelius, as the best way to attain it. Stoicism is a pragmatic philosophy that teaches us to act depending on what is within our control and separate things worth getting upset about from those that are not. By understanding Stoicism, we can learn to answer crucial questions. Should we get married or divorced? How should we bank in a world nearly destroyed by a financial crisis? How can we survive great personal tragedy? Whoever you are, Stoicism has something for you - and How to Be a Stoic is your essential guide.
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What a fantastic insight into the authors interpretation of stoicism and practice! Written in a way that is easy to understand and apply to ones life. The narration is very well done and pleasing to listen to.
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The author admits that people who make stoicism a part of their personal philosophies study the writings of ancient and modern Stoics. I left this book wanting to fully explore it, but also needing a little more than I got from this book. Perhaps that was his point. I would like to find writings by non philosophers (some he suggests in the book and pdf notes that come with the audio book) because sometimes things got a little sophist... Again, which may have been his point.
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It was difficult to glean insights into stoicism through the narration. Clearly mismatched for the content.
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The author wraps nice discussion of stoicism with ramblings about this and that and too many personal stories. Almost like a professor trying to publish a long book.
Disappointing after a Guide to The Good Life and reading Epictitus directly.
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If you're interested in learning about Stoicism, this is a great modern read from an expert
Great book with a lot of insight into stoicism. The author did a great job of sticking to the topics and explaining the misconceptions of living a stoic life.
This is what call the absolute ideal way to get into stoicism, even if you dont want to adopt the philosophy the book offers a great understanding of it. By not forcing you to adopt any philosophies there's a freedom to choose which parts to apply in your life! This was my second book introducing me to the ancient lifestyle and I see it as the best possible way to start on this way of life I want to adopt. Amazingly entertaining and thought provoking.
the author suggests "A guide to the good life" by William B Irvine, trusting the author's criteria I'm not even doubting on getting into to that one now!
Stoicism will change your life for the better, but this is no quick fix guide, nor easy to practice in our modern chaotic world. I promise in some years once i feel more confident with my new knowledge on the philosophy I'll come back to this book and write a new review. That's how confident I am on how stoicism will change my life through a lot of work.
I'm very pleased with the depth of the information and the ease of understanding it.
I’m still digesting this book and it’s ideas and although I give it 4 stars I struggled to follow the author at times. Still, there is enough “meat” in it to warrant another listen.
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A practical and thoughtful book. Recommended for anyone looking to get better acquainted with Stoic philosophy.
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This sounds like the male Version of Siri. I thought I could handle it but this is horrible to listen to.
Probably a good read though.