Stoicism & the problem of Nature

Ancient Stoic beliefs about Nature face challenges in the modern era. Stoicism is experiencing a renaissance after fading away with the fall of the Roman Empire. But modern Stoicism departs from its ancient ancestor in important ways. Modern Stoicism is effectively agnostic. That is, some modern Stoics believe in God while others are atheists. ContraryContinue reading “Stoicism & the problem of Nature”

Nature, the Universe & the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius believed in an interconnected universe where everything is just and happens according to divine will – even if that means you’re oppressed. Modern science has not vindicated the ancient Stoic view of nature. Their rivals – the Epicureans – believed that nature is atomistic, impersonal, and that divine providence doesn’t exist.  From Meditations byContinue reading “Nature, the Universe & the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius”