Book review: How to Be a Stoic by Massimo Pigliucci

If you’re interested in the philosophy of Stoicism, Massimo Pigliucci’s How to Be a Stoic is the place to start. Don’t let the fact that it’s philosophy stop you – Pigliucci’s conversational, straightforward writing style makes Stoicism easily accessible. Donald Robertson’s Stoicism and the Art of Happiness is also a good introduction. But while Robertson is moreContinue reading “Book review: How to Be a Stoic by Massimo Pigliucci”

Is Stoic joy an oxymoron?

Stoicism is misunderstood. People think a Stoic is emotionless like Mr. Spock. It’s a view I’ve been guilty of promoting. In A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy, philosophy professor William B. Irvine describes how the ancient philosophy of Stoicism is relevant today. His key point is that Stoicism is about finding tranquilityContinue reading “Is Stoic joy an oxymoron?”