Seneca: On the Happy Life

Reason – living in accordance with our nature, is the embodiment of excellence. Free exercise of wisdom, self-discipline, courage, and justice will bring us to a state of eudaimonia; or a truly good, fulfilling, and flourishing life; and by extension, true happiness. Unlike momentary pleasure, this happiness can not be taken from us.

Stoicism and Emotion, III: vigor and responsibility — How to Be a Stoic

There is a sense in which emotions are something that happens to us regardless, or indeed in spite of, our will. As Margaret Graver reminds us in the third chapter of her Stoicism and Emotion, this idea of passivity is embedded in the very word the Ancient Greeks used to refer to emotions: pathos, the […] … Continue reading Stoicism and Emotion, III: vigor and responsibility — How to Be a Stoic

Stoicism and Emotion, I: a science of the mind — How to Be a Stoic

If there is one complex, and often misunderstood, topic in Stoicism is the role played by emotions in the philosophy. You know, stiff upper lip and all that nonsense. That is why I decided to begin a multi-part series devoted to an extended commentary of Margaret Graver’s excellent book, Stoicism and Emotion. Margaret was the […] … Continue reading Stoicism and Emotion, I: a science of the mind — How to Be a Stoic