The Stoic Philosopher
|The Stoic Path to Entrepreneurship
|In this essay, Marcus Aurelius Program student Matt Seibert explains how Stoicism can be helpful in entrepreneurship from business and personal perspectives.
|Stoic Ethics and War
|In this essay, Marcus Aurelius Program student Mark Bowen explores how Stoic ethics can have a positive influence on those impacted by involvement in warfare.
|Embracing discomfort as a Stoic way of life
|In this article, Marcus Aurelius Program student Håvar Solheim discusses how voluntary discomfort is an essential element of Stoic practice.
|Layman Determinism And Freedom Of One’s Prohairesis
|In this article, faculty member Mark Stary explains the importance of prohairesis in the context of Stoic compatibilism.
|Stoic Principles for AI Ethics
|In this article, faculty member Carolina Martins explains how Stoic principles can have a positive impact in the development of responsible Artificial Intelligence systems.
|Does the use of artificial Intelligence (AI)/ChatGPT influence our moral decision-making?
|In this article, Marcus Aurelius Program student Jeroen Broere explains how Stoicism can help a person manage the impact of AI and ChatGPT on moral decision-making.
|Empathy and Sympathy and Their Roles in Psychotherapy
|In this article, Marcus Aurelius Program student Bill Bell explains how many concepts in modern psychotherapy resonate deeply with traditional Stoic concepts.
|The Ethics of Pursuing Material Wealth
|In this article, Marcus Aurelius Program student Francesco Gimelli discusses the impact of the pursuit of material wealth on adherence to one's Stoic principles.
|Ethical Leadership: An Ancient Solution to a Modern Challenge
|In this essay, Marcus Aurelius Program student Ian Roth considers whether Stoicism can provide necessary and sufficient guidance to leaders faced with complex, large-scale challenges
|The Consolation of Stoic Optimism
|In this essay, faculty member Don Putnam explains how an understanding of Stoic physics can help develop resilience and an acceptance of Fate in the face of existential adversities.
|The Stoic Triage
|In this article, Meraz Ahmed observes that understanding how to make a good decision is a complex process, with potentially confusing effects on decision makers. He argues, however, that there is a simple process that can be applied to help make better decisions, and this process is underpinned by Stoic philosophical principles. He refers to this as the “Stoic Triage”.
|If You Need Me I'll be in My Trailer
|In life, we are dealt roles, we create roles and we assume roles. In this essay, student Aydyn Neifer explores our many roles from a Stoic perspective, drawing primarily from the work of Epictetus.
|When Should a Stoic Tinker with Nature
|Karafit, Steven J.
|Student Steven Karafit argues that 21st century Stoics should only utilize genetically modified organisms in very specific circumstances, such as when the use of GMO technology seems to be more rational and just than any of the alternatives.
|Stoic Ethics and Political Citizenship
|Stoicism has been misinterpreted by some as an individualistic philosophy which supports the idea of disengagement from society. This is far from the truth. Ryan Broadfoot argues that Stoicism calls citizens to action for the common good.
|Contra Exercitia - Against the Exercises
|In this issue, we are posthumously publishing Dirk Mahling's short essay "Contra Exercitia - Against the Exercises," in which he takes issue with the gymnastic approach to Stoic practice, typified by a variety of contemporary stoic life hacks. Originally written as a Facebook post.
|Some Thoughts on Stoic Poetry and Fellow Travelers
|Thought provoking poems are examined through a Stoic lens.
|Who is a Stoic?
|College faculty member Anthony Aguirre explores what it is to be a Stoic, apart from a mastery of the theoretical precepts.
|Stoicism and Shame
|In this article, faculty member George Nagle discusses how Stoicism, from a psychotherapeutic perspective, can help a person overcome persistent shame.
|A Stoic Understanding of Morita Therapy: Applied Stoic Ethics and Japanese Psychotherapeutic Practices
|‘Nature’ plays an important role in Morita Therapy; it refers not only to an isolated concept of the natural world as distinct from humans, but in a broader sense to the reality of all phenomena, encompassing both the environment and human nature. This kind of understanding of Nature rings a bell with Stoic practitioners as well.
|An Alternate View of the Cosmos (New and Old)
|In our age, there are many scientific approaches to observe the nature of the Universe, from the subatomic and quantum realms, to the macro-structural and cosmological. Zeno, of course, did not have our modern scientific tools. So his investigations used simple observation and reason to establish an understanding of the universe. Nigel Glassborow explores the significance of the old approach in light of the new.
|The Stoic Negotiator
|SES graduate Ian Roth compares some of the best practices of negotiation with classical Stoicism as an applied philosophy. His intention is twofold: To determine in what ways the two are compatible in principle, and to identify how they can supplement and complement one another in practice.
|Some Thoughts on the Stoic God
|COSP student Ryan Broadfoot explores the nature of the Stoic God, and how that understanding has enhanced his practice.
|Old Stoic Books
|Newly appointed faculty member Mark Stary describes his adventures in our digital "stacks", with special attention to two old volumes: one focused on the Hymn of Cleanthes, and another a poet's tribute to the Enchiridion.
|Thinking Like Zeno
|Stoicism is not solely about sorting out one’s thought processes in order to achieve a sound mind. Overall Stoicism, as envisioned by Zeno, is a theistic belief system that is about physically living life honorably and appropriately in a manner that aligns one’s will with the will of God – as Epictetus so clearly informs us.
|Coming to Reason
|This quarter, we have essays written by two students of the College of Stoic Philosophers. Although they have ended up on the same path of virtue, aretē, their lives began in profoundly different ways. It is only in the intensity of their efforts to follow reason that their stories can be viewed as similar or the same.
|The Last Interview: Social Oikeiosis
|The following interview took place via email over a period of about one month last Fall. The subject of the interview was prompted by a concern that many Stoics may be unaware of our responsibility for the well-being of all members of society. It was decided that Professor Lawrence Becker would be the ideal source for explaining that responsibility.
|Using Actors' Techniques as Stoic Exercises
|Martha Everett studied Stage Management at Guildhall in London where she received her BA Degree with Honors. She has been working as a freelance Stage Manager for 13 years in everything from fringe theater to national opera. Martha said, “I have always been fascinated by the daily discussions about the human condition that my job allows me to be part of; it’s been really fun feeding that experience in to my Stoic practice.”
|Stoicism and Bipolar Disorder
|Reflections on Destruction and Resurrection, Philosophy and Doubts.
|Right and Wrong
|The Scholarch examines one of his favorite Heraclitus fragments, (#60, Burnet): “To God all things are fair and good and right, but men hold some things wrong and some right.”
|Hypomnemata and the Humorist
|Steen Nielsen is a stand-up comedian, the kamikaze of the theater, who also writes cartoon captions and just about anything that requires an exceptional sense of humor and pays money. Recently, he was out of work, lost his apartment, and separated from his wife and children. So, no money, no home, and a family lost–all at the same time. Steen was also a student in his final term in the Marcus Aurelius School program, the term when original hypomnemata is required. Here’s what he wrote about this extraordinary time in his life. . . .
|How would a Stoic govern society?
|How would a Stoic take a position on issues of importance to the public and how would they deal with those who opposed them? The objective of this paper is to investigate an aspect of applied ethics as it applies to the world of political systems.
|Is the Cosmos Conscious and Providential? Take 2
|This essay is from a reader who disagreed with Ryan Jenkins article of the last eJournal issue #22, “Is the Cosmos Conscious and Providential?”
|Is the Cosmos Conscious and Providential?
|In this issue, Ryan Jenkins, Ph.D., examines the validity of the traditional Stoic claim as preserved by the Society of Epictetus that the cosmos is conscious and providential.
|Death by Gangrene
|In keeping with our tradition this essay examines Stoic concepts of death, suicide, and what lies beyond the grave in both theory and practice. To philosophers the subject of death is profoundly important and can often appear to be the only thing that really matters. It’s as true today as it ever was.
|I wrote this more than three years ago. I know it’s hard to remember that life existed way back then, back before the current American presidential election, but it did.
|The Pleasure of Tea
|Among those who know, being an expert on even one group of teas, such as the oolong, can be the work of a lifetime and can enjoy the same prestige in the tea community as the connoisseur of rare wines has in his. But, is this expertise acceptable for a Stoic? Is there such a thing as an acceptable Stoic pleasure?
|Death on Mount Fuji
|“Libertarians are morally bankrupt,” he said. The young man saying this was our Airbnb host in Tokyo. I will abbreviate his name by the initials, DR, to protect his privacy. So, DR and I were talking about political philosophy while sitting and drinking green tea in his kitchen, which was surprisingly roomy for a Tokyo apartment. . . .
|On Political Discourse
|“We have two essays for the Winter issue of our eJournal: one was written by a Marcus Aurelius School student in partial fulfillment of his 3rd term examination of ethics. In it he asks and answers the question of a Stoic’s need to be involved with the storm and stress of political action. This work follows the style of Seneca’s great work, Letters From a Stoic. The second, much briefer essay, is written by a Marcus Fellow and member of the faculty who examines the value of Logic in the life of the Stoic philosopher. An alternative title for this work could be, ‘In Praise of Logic’.”
|Channeling Marcus: Hypomnemata Today
|“Ian Campbell is a Stoic living in Hong Kong, and has recently completed the one year Marcus Aurelius School programme. As part of the fourth term, students are required to engage in the practice of hypomnemata, or writing notes to one’s self, as Marcus Aurelius himself did.”
|Stoicism in the Post-Singularity Future
|Umbrello, Steven & Tina Forsee
|“Futurists like Ray Kurzweil believe that advancements in the field of artificial intelligence will culminate to a point in the near future to allow humans to transcend their biological form. This is what he calls the Singularity and he describes it as follows:”
|The Gospel According to Epictetus
|“The attitudes of Christians to pagan philosophy in the first four centuries of the Christian Era varied dramatically and from the very beginning from outright hostility to admiration.”
|The Bonobo and the Stoic
|Wieringen, Marije van
|“The aim of the book, ′The Bonobo and the Atheist′, is to convince us that our own morality is an intrinsic part of human nature . . . . chimpanzees and bonobos behave according to rules of morality, which leads to the inevitable conclusion that, as we share the same ancestors, morality must have been part of the human species for much longer than people originally thought.”
|“This travel narrative is in the eJournal, because in our school we are expected to study AND practice our philosophy. A pilgrimage is philosophy in action, and with airline travel being what it is, the journey and test of one’s Stoic skills will likely begin at the airport before the destination is achieved.”
|Elevator Speeches & The Big Tent
|In this issue we have two articles for your consideration. First, we have several “Elevator Speeches” written by Mentors of the College of Stoic Philosophers. The second article, “The Big Tent,” by Erik Wiegardt, is the main feature of this issue and deals with an increasingly persistent inquiry from some members of the Stoic community about whether or not we should be organized as a religion.
|“I was out working in the garden this morning when I heard a couple of crows cawing. I don’t know the crow language well, but I knew something was going on. I looked up. Sure enough, two crows were cawing incessantly and flying around in all directions–the way they do when first spotting a hawk . . . .”
|Stoicism and the Philosophies of the Jedi and the Sith
|Stephens, William O.
|“Stoic ideas have influenced the history of Western philosophy for centuries. This is because Stoic ideas provide effective strategies for addressing conflicts, interacting positively with people, and coping with adversities. Stoic ideas also appear in Hollywood science fiction films, including the Star Wars movies. Many elements of the Jedi philosophy, and even a couple of elements of the Sith philosophy, are very Stoic in character . . . .”
|Epictetus, Jesus and Curly, Dimpled Lunatics
|“Ralph Waldo Emerson once characterized children as curly, dimpled lunatics, a humorous image that started me thinking about how children are portrayed in the teachings of Epictetus, Jesus, and St. Paul . . . .”
|Some Reflections about Stoic Ethics at Work
|“The Stoic, like any other man, by the mere fact of being human, takes part in several social circles at a time: family, work, neighborhood, country, et cetera. This necessarily involves the assumption of certain obligations that must be met in order to . . . . “
|Self-Coherence: The Fundamental Institution of Stoicism
|Self-coherence is a disposition of the soul where your Self–your guiding principle or rational nature–is united with universal Reason, universal Nature, and humanity as a whole. Self-coherence is the fulfillment of the Stoic maxim “live according to Nature.”
|Epictetus, Jesus, and the Fig Tree
|“Jesus often employed illustrative parables in his teachings, but he was not, in fact, the only spiritual or philosophical figure who adopted parable as an important teaching tool.”
|[Editor] “In my bookcase full of Stoic philosophy books I have never been able to find a pronunciation guide for the many Greek and Latin words we Stoics use every day. It’s been a source of frustration to me for years. Now, we have one . . . .”
|“Many of the great Stoic thinkers, like Seneca, were quite down-to-earth and talked in a universal language that holds meaning for most of us today. These philosophers spoke to and wrote for their friends, for the citizenry of the Greco-Roman world, and maybe they just might speak to us”!
|The Conscious Cosmos
|"Many atheist Stoics have disagreed with the ancient orthodox Stoic belief that the cosmos is a conscious, living entity. There are several ways the orthodox Stoic conception may be defended . . . . “
|The Laughing Stoic
|“Chrysippus of Soli was the third head of the Stoic school. Legend has it that when he was 73 years old, he saw a donkey eating a plate of figs from a table in a garden. When the lady of the house came out and saw the donkey had eaten her figs . . . “
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