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

How do you know you are an addict?

How do you know if you are an addict? A quick test from Gabor Maté: "Any passion can become an addiction; but then how to distinguish between the two? The central question is: who’s in charge, the individual or their behaviour? It’s possible to rule a passion, but an obsessive passion that a person is … Continue reading How do you know you are an addict?