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How to Be a Stoic

Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life
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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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Massimo Pigliucci (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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"This is a lucid, engaging, and persuasive book about what it means to pursue Stoic ideals in the here and now. Massimo Pigliucci's imaginary conversations with Epictetus carry the reader effortlessly along while grounding the discussion firmly in the ancient Stoic tradition-and in his own life experience. The result is a compelling picture of a Stoic way of life that is consistent with contemporary science and philosophy, and is both eminently ethical and down-to-earth practical. It will be inviting to Stoics and non-Stoics alike who are willing to reason together seriously about how (and why) to be a modern Stoic." (Lawrence C. Becker, author of A New Stoicism)
"If you want to learn the ways of Stoicism, and you're living in the 21st century, this should be one of the first books you read. Massimo has written a fine primer for the aspiring Marcus Aurelius." (Donald J. Robertson, author of The Philosophy of CBT and Stoicism and the Art of Happiness)
"In this thought-provoking book, Massimo Pigliucci shares his journey of discovering the power of Stoic practices in a philosophical dialogue with one of Stoicism's greatest teachers." (Ryan Holiday, best-selling author of The Obstacle Is the Way and The Daily Stoic)

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  • Caleb
  • 07/11/2018

Great book needs better narration

This is a great introduction to Stoicism. It is both personal and practical. I'm grateful to Pigliucci for writing it. My only problem is with the narrator. His tone reminds me of a text to speech bot. He adjusts his cadence according to punctuation and sentence structure and not according to how people actually speak. You get the sense that he is not paying attention to what he is reading. As a result it is hard to pay attention to him.

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  • Julian G.
  • 07/08/2017

A great start to the way

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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  • Darwin8u
  • 11/08/2019

Not our masters, bur our guides

"Men who made these discoveries before us are not our masters, bur our guides. Truth lies open for all; it has not yet been monopolized."
- Seneca quoted in Pigliucci's 'How to Be a Stoic"


For me the book was a bit too superficial on Stoicism and focused too much on the author's personal journey. In some ways, this book reminds me a bit of Robert Wright's Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment -- EXCEPT I think Wright's analysis and wrting were both better.

It makes me sad because I wanted so much to like this book. My personal philosophy of life seems to swing a bit between the Stoicism of Marcus Aurelius and the Epicureanism of Lucretius. So, perhaps, I'm a Stoic and work and an Epicurean at home. Or, maybe, I'm a Stoic during the day and an Epicurean at night.

Anyway, perhaps the book missed its target with me because I wanted a deeper dive into Stoicism, but paired with a deeper dive into the conflicts between Stocism and Modernity*. My final major critique is, while I enjoyed the major structure/organization of the book. He divides the book into four sections. The first three are the three disciplines of stoicism: 1. Desire, 2. Action, and 3. Assent. In the final and fourth section of the book, Pigliucci gives us a dozen selected spiritual excercises to get the reader started on their way to "becoming a good student of Stoicism" and as "good a person as [the reader] can be." My problem lies in the awkward path Pigliucci uses. He choses Epicetetus to be his Virgil (ok, I'm game), but then literally pretends to be having conversations mid-narrative with Epicetetus..."it was at this point during our conversation that I realized what Epicetetus was telling me had countless applications in my own life." In theory I get what Pigliucci was trying to do, but it came off awkward and a bit forced and kind of silly. At least I'm positive that the three stars aren't going to cause Pigliucci any pain. He's a Stoic. He's got the tools to survive my three-star=slight.

* One fascinating conflict would be Bill Clinton's well-known love of Marcus Aurelius' Meditations. While it is certainly possible that Clinton read(s) Meditations yearly. After eight years as President, Clinton is not the President most would pick to exemplify a modern, stoic philosopher king.

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  • david gordon
  • 31/03/2018

Needs editing. Wordy. Almost like a diary. Too much filler.

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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  • Jonathan Anderson
  • 07/12/2018

First audiobook and now I'm hooked!

As the title says this is my first audiobook and so my opinions may be a little skewed however I found the book not only incredibly interesting but I believe it was also performed well. I feel as if I have learned a great deal and there are many lessons that I know I will return to at later dates.

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  • Riley
  • 09/06/2018

Stoic philosophy is so miss understood

This book really helped me understand stoic philosophy and realize how prevailent it is in the world.

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  • Lynn McInally
  • 27/12/2017

Go to the original works instead

It was difficult to glean insights into stoicism through the narration. Clearly mismatched for the content.

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  • T-600
  • 18/10/2017

Wonderful!

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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  • Aaron
  • 12/11/2018

a book of ancient wisdom and pragmatic philosophy

I was most certainly edified via this book. it was an enjoyable read with a lot of wisdom one can start incorporating in their lives immediately.

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  • Carlos Cabanillas
  • 10/10/2018

Great Book

This is a great option for all of us who want to learn, and the implement, stoicism into our lives. Good luck with all of your endeavors.

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  • A. Vossoug
  • 11/01/2018

First Audio Book I had to quit

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.

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