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How to be a stoic : using ancient philosophy to live a modern life

Author: Massimo Pigliucci
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2018. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Massimo Pigliucci
ISBN: 9781541644533 1541644530 9780465097951 0465097952
OCLC Number: 1080582976
Notes: "Originally published in hardcover and eBook by Basic Books in May 2017. First trade paperback edition: May 2018" -- Title page verso.
Description: x, 277 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: The unstraightforward path --
A road map for the journey --
Part I. The discipline of desire: what it is proper to want or not to want --
Some things are in our power, others are not --
Living according to nature --
Playing ball with Socrates --
God or atoms? --
Part II. The discipline of action: how to behave in the world --
It's all about character (and virtue) --
A very crucial world --
The role of role models --
Disability and mental illness --
Part III. The discipline of assent: how to react to situations --
On death and suicide --
How to deal with anger, anxiety, and loneliness --
Love and friendship --
Practical spiritual exercises --
Appendix: The Hellenistic schools of practical philosophy.
Responsibility: Massimo Pigliucci.

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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.

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"If you want to 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 Read more...

 
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