Epictetus’ Enchiridion

Short audio meditations on one of the fundamental classics of Stoicism, Epictetus’ Enchiridion, or Manual for the Goof Life. 1.1: Some things are up to us, while others are not. Up to us are opinion, motivation, desire, aversion, and, in a word, whatever is of our own doing; not up to us are our body, […]

Stoicism, Epictetus Style

[Part of an occasional series of free books based on previously published essays by yours truly. You can find all other free downloads here.] Epictetus was a first century slave, born in Hierapolis, modern day Pamukkale (Turkey). He eventually became one of the most successful teachers of the Roman Empire, as well as a Stoic […]

Epictetus' Discourses

A series of short audio meditations on the Discourses of Epictetus. I.1.5: Epictetus teaches us what is truly good in life. I.1.32: Epictetus tells us that we have to tend to whatever is happening right now. If we are about to die, let’s deal with it. But if not… I.2.33: Epictetus asks us at what […]

On the advantages of quitting social media

Why I left Twitter and Facebook, and you might want to consider doing the same by Massimo Pigliucci Until recently, I was very active on Twitter and Facebook, sporting a somewhat enviable (my publicists tell me) following of about 50 thousand on Twitter and regularly participating to a popular forum on Stoicism, with 100 thousand members, […]

Seneca’s On Providence

A series of short audio meditations on Seneca’s On Providence, written as a short dialogue in six sections. It is addressed to Lucilius, the same friend to whom Seneca wrote over a hundred letters, and usually dated from about 64 CE, the year before Seneca died. I: Seneca presents an argument from design to conclude […]

How to practice Stoicism

A collection of articles on implementing the wisdom of Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius in our daily life by Massimo Pigliucci My Philosophy as Way of Life (PWOL) series of essays has now being going on since July 2018, and has produced 393 articles and counting. Naturally, people have a tendency to focus on the latest entries, […]

Paper: Prosoche as Stoic mindfulness

by Massimo Pigliucci [Part of an occasional series presenting academic papers I have published but that may be of general interest. Full list with links here.] Despite a widespread opinion that meditation is largely a practice developed in Eastern traditions, the West has produced a number of techniques that can reasonably be classified under the broad […]

Podcast: How to Live a Happy Life

In this episode of “The One You Feed” podcast, host Eric Zimmer and I discuss what Stoicism teaches us about how to live a good and happy life. We cover a variety of topics: my book, A Field Guide to a Happy Life: 53 Brief Lessons for Living; what the term Stoicism means; the cardinal […]