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How To Be A Stoic: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Living


How To Be A Stoic: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Living

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    Massimo Pigliucci(Author)
'In this thought-provoking book, Massimo Pigliucci shares his journey of discovering the power of Stoic practices in a philosophical dialogue with one of Stoicism's greatest teachers.' RYAN HOLIDAY, BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE OBSTACLE IS THE WAY AND THE DAILY STOIC

Who am I?

What am I doing?

How ought I to live my life?

Stoicism teaches us to acknowledge our emotions, reflect on what causes them and redirect them for our own good. Whenever we worry about how to be happy, we are worrying about how to lead a good life. No goal seems more elusive.

Massimo Pigliucci explores this remarkable philosophy and how its wisdom can be applied to our everyday lives in the quest for meaning. He shows how stoicism teaches us the importance of a person’s character, integrity and compassion.

Whoever we are, we can take something away from stoicism and, in How to be a Stoic, with its practical tips and exercises, meditations and mindfulness, he also explains how relevant it is to every part of our modern lives.

"Pigliucci makes a good case for Stoicism and living stoically" (Daily Telegraph)"A good case for the enduring relevance of 2,000-year-old precepts" (TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION SUPPLEMENT)"In this thought-provoking book, Massimo Pigliucci shares his journey of discovering the power of Stoic practices in a philosophical dialogue with one of Stoicism's greatest teachers." (RYAN HOLIDAY, bestselling author of The Obstacle is the Way and The Daily Stoic)"Excellent" (Oliver Burkeman The Guardian)"As its title suggests, How to Be a Stoic is a how-to book, but one of a very high order. Yes, Massimo Pigliucci gives his readers advice on how to live a happy and meaningful life. He is careful, though, to put a secure foundation under that advice by explaining who the ancient Stoics were and how they arrived at the conclusions they did. Do you want to avoid wasting the one life you have to live? Read this book!" (WILLIAM B. IRVINE, author of A Guide to the Good Life)"How to Be a Stoic proves many things: that the ancient school of Stoicism is superbly relevant to our times; that profound wisdom can be delivered in lively, breezy prose; and that Massimo Pigliucci is uniquely gifted at translating philosophy into terms helpful for alleviating and elevating the lives of many" (REBECCA NEWBERGER GOLDSTEIN, author of Plato at the Googleplex)"This is a lucid, engaging, and persuasive book about what it means to pursue Stoic ideals in the here and now. Massimo Pigliucci's imaginary conversations with Epictetus carry the reader effortlessly along while grounding the discussion firmly in the ancient Stoic tradition-and in his own life experience. The result is a compelling picture of a Stoic way of life that is consistent with contemporary science and philosophy, and is both eminently ethical and down-to-earth practical. It will be inviting to Stoics and non-Stoics alike who are willing to reason together seriously about how (and why) to be a modern Stoic." (LAWRENCE C. BECKER, author of A New Stoicism)"If you want to learn the ways of Stoicism, and you're living in the 21st century, this should be one of the first books you read. Massimo has written a fine primer for the aspiring Marcus Aurelius." (DONALD J. ROBERTSON, author of The Philosophy of CBT and Stoicism and the Art of Happiness)

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  • PDF | 288 pages
  • Massimo Pigliucci(Author)
  • Rider; 01 edition (4 May 2017)
  • English
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  • Health, Family & Lifestyle
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  • By Alex on 4 May 2017

    An honest and scholarly appraisal on the Stoics and especially Epictetus, a must read for any new to Stoicism and essential to the die hard Stoic.This book gives a greater clarity to the philosophy of Stoicism.

  • By Guest on 13 September 2017

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  • By Hampus Jakobsson on 28 May 2017

    A perfect book to read after you have read a primer (like The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials Into Triumph)!Don't expect:- an academic writing style- long archaic, apocryphal texts- boring long chapters- full pages dedicated to quotes and pictures- "life hacks" that change your life overnightLook forward to:- casual "conversations" between Pigliucci and Epictetus- quotes from great Stoics, explained by Pigliucci- contemporary examples- section of mental models that help youI really liked this book and is so happy Pigliucci took the time to write it.

  • By James Gough on 7 August 2017

    I am enjoying reading this book and would recommend it just on having read one page which I think is something everyone should live by -Epictetus ~ For the helmsman to wreck his vessel, he does not need the same resources, as he needs to save it: if he turn it but a little too far to the wind, he is lost; yes, and if he do it not deliberately but from mere want of attention, he is lost all the same. It is very much the same in life: if you doze but a little, all that you have amassed up till now leaves you. Keep awake then and watch your impressions: it is no trifle you have in keeping, but self-respect, honour, constancy, a quiet mind, untouched by distress, or fear, or agitation—in a word, freedom.What are you going to sell all this for? Look and see what your purchase is worth.Professor Pigliucci then ads to this (in reference to the Presidential candidates in the USA) by saying -"It is hard to read these words and not think of political scandals and corruption, but perhaps the cleanup should start closer to home, with our own behaviour, our own too-often-underacknowledged propensity to compromise principles for the sake of convenience, our lack of courage when it is called for, our mostly theoretical sense of justice, our often flaunted temperance, and our own manifestly very limited wisdom in managing whatever life happens to throw at us."It reminds me of Confucius -“If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character.If there is beauty in the character, there will be harmony in the home.If there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nations.When there is order in the nations, there will peace in the world.” And Napoleon Hill, Outwitting the Devil ~My greatest weapon over human beings consists of two secretprinciples by which I gain control of their minds. I will speakfirst of the principle of habit, through which I silently enter theminds of people. By operating through this principle, I establish(I wish I could avoid using this word) the habit of drifting. Whena person begins to drift on any subject, he is headed straighttoward the gates of what you earthbound call hell.

  • By books on 16 May 2017

    Great book on stoic philosophy,applicable and informative. Not overly academic. Probably the best book on the modern day application of the philosophy I have read.

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