How tobe a Stoic (E–book)

  • Hardcover
  • 288
  • How tobe a Stoic
  • Massimo Pigliucci
  • English
  • 10 September 2019
  • 9780465097951

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DOWNLOAD How tobe a Stoic 109 Toicism we can learn to answer crucial uestions Should we get married or divorced How should we handle our money in a world nearly destroyed by a financial crisis How can we survive great personal tragedy Whoever we are Stoicism has something for us–and How to Be a Stoic is the essential gui. The philosophy was interesting as was the style of writing philosophy articulation via discourse I enjoyed learning about the core concepts of Stoicism and will explore them in my personal life However the religious overtones of many of the stories shared in the book the faith like fervor of it was a little off putting for me

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DOWNLOAD How tobe a Stoic 109 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 focuses our attention on what is possible and gives us perspective on what is unimportant By understanding S. Sadly this wasn t what I d hoped it d be But it s also not a bad book Lately I ve become interested in Stoicism As a philosophy student and later grad student I ve always steered away of the classics and the Greeks as far as that s possible honestly I can t remember reading anything else besides Plato s Republic When it comes to ethics I ve mostly been into modern anglo heavy ethics a la Conseuentalism and Utilitarianism So when a few months ago I stumbled upon an article about Stoicism and realized it sounded a lot like things I d learnt in Cognitive behavioral therapy I was intrigued A philosophical underlining of what I already believe to me true and what has helped me tremendously sounded greatWhat I did not expect of this book was for it to be academical and go really deep I knew it s a book written to be understood for anyone not just people who ve already read a lot of philosophy I m fine with pop non fiction books but then I need them to deliver something else From a book called How to be a stoic I expected a lot practical help What exactly is a Stoic Why stoicism A literal How To Sadly this wasn t it The book is kind of messy and all over the place I learnt some stuff but it was neither really engaging nor super informative Honestly you probably get a better overview over Stoicism by reading the wikipedia entry A simple direct explanation like this is hard to find in the book Stoicism is a philosophy of personal ethics informed by its system of logic and its views on the natural world According to its teachings as social beings the path to eudaimonia happiness for humans is found in accepting the moment as it presents itself by not allowing oneself to be controlled by the desire for pleasure or fear of pain by using one s mind to understand the world and to do one s part in nature s plan and by working together and treating others fairly and justlyI also didn t like when the book got personal The authors ideas on vegetarianism and his strong dislike for New Atheism among other things didn t seem very well informed rather bitter and also not uh very stoic All in all an okay introduction to Stoicism I learnt some stuff about Epictetus but not what I d hoped for Hopefully there are better overview books out there If not I ll have to bite the bullet and dive straight into the real sources and read the Greeks

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DOWNLOAD How tobe a Stoic 109 In the tradition of How to Live and How Proust Can Change Your Life a philosopher asks how ancient Stoicism can help us flourish todayWhenever 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 elusive In How to Be a Stoic. Pigliucci could also have subtitled this book A Journey with Epictetus as much of it is written as a conversation between himself and the Greek philosopher I suppose those with a sound knowledge of philosophy might think of this book as pop philosophy and I suppose in some ways it is As someone with only a superficial knowledge it was perfect for me howeverThe book discusses the three Stoic displines of desire action and assent and the four Stoic virtues practical wisdom courage justice and tolerance Thomas Auinas adopted these four virtues and added faith hope and charity Pigliucci uses Ancient Greek modern day and personal stories and humour to explore each of these firstly uoting what Epictetus had to say and secondly dissecting his words to provide a modern day understanding of what he meant as interpreted by the author He says that Stoics like pithy summaries of their ideas So do I To summarise the Stoic template for achieving eudaimonia or a life worth living you should a to paraphrase the serenity prayer know the difference between your internal goals over which you have control and external outcomes over which you may have some influence but have no controlb do unto others etc Treat all humanity eually ie behave towards a complete stranger as if he were your brother Ok maybe not your brother that s not always the greatest relationshipc hate the sin not the sinner bad people do bad things from lack of wisdom ignorance and should be treated with compassion That isn t the same as turning the other cheekStoicism teaches people to monitor their own reactions and to reflect critically on how they perceive and interpret the world One of the most important lessons for me is understanding Epictetus s dichotomy of control Under our control are our decisions and behaviours Outwith our control are other people s actions and behaviours and the circumstances in which we find ourselves Recognising this opens up new ways of dealing with problems that we hadn t thought of before The behaviour and actions of others or the circumstances in which you find yourself may not be in your control but your reactions are This is a really empowering message I can take offence and react badly or I can think about the situation rationally and objectively The ultimate goal is to achieve euanimity Why make yourself miserable eg sit and fume because someone in the room is getting on your wick when you can choose not to let it bother youThe book ends with twelve exercises to help you master the Stoic virtues Some of them I live by now but have only got to this point through six decades of learning them the hard way others will reuire a bit work For me this book offers a very sensible approach to life One that will result in those that practice the methods living a fulfilled calmer and balanced life I ve already learned a lot of useful processes from reading it and hope that I can master those that come less naturally to me Time will tellI d highly recommend this book if you re interested in learning about Ancient Greek philosophy andor Stoicism itself or are just interested to read about how relevant these ideas are to us today In case you hadn t worked it out already I thoroughly enjoyed itWith thanks to Penguin Random House UK Ebury Publishing and NetGalley for an ARC