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Stoic Meditations

By Massimo Pigliucci

Occasional reflections on the wisdom of Ancient Greek and Roman philosophers. More at https://massimopigliucci.com. Please consider supporting Stoic Meditations. (cover art by Marek Škrabák; original music by Ian Jolin-Rasmussen, www.jolinras.info). Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

  1. 1.
    Obviously, the universe is guided by an intelligence. Or is it?10/23/2020
    2:52
  2. 2.
    Look less critically at others, and a bit more critically at yourself10/22/2020
    2:44
  3. 3.
    Careful not to underestimate the power of Fortune10/21/2020
    2:46
  4. 4.
    Ready for bad stuff to happen, but preferring the good stuff10/20/2020
    2:35
  5. 5.
    Be at ease wherever you find yourself10/19/2020
    2:53
  6. 6.
    Why wealth is not a good10/16/2020
    2:35
  7. 7.
    People's social status doesn't matter10/15/2020
    2:26
  8. 8.
    On rational giving10/14/2020
    2:29
  1. 9.
    No one condemned wisdom to poverty10/13/2020
    3:16
  2. 10.
    On the desirability of wealth10/12/2020
    2:36
  3. 11.
    Tall or short, it doesn't matter10/09/2020
    2:41
  4. 12.
    Rich, and yet a philosopher?10/08/2020
    2:51
  5. 13.
    The basic precepts of a good Stoic life10/07/2020
    2:43
  6. 14.
    When an Epicurean goes Stoic10/06/2020
    3:18
  7. 15.
    Aspiring to a life of virtue while being a fallible human being10/05/2020
    2:49
  8. 16.
    I'm not a sage, but I get better every day10/02/2020
    2:47
  9. 17.
    Between Cynicism and Aristotelianism10/01/2020
    2:36
  10. 18.
    Are you controlling your pleasures, or the other way around?09/30/2020
    2:42
  11. 19.
    The real problem with Epicureanism09/29/2020
    3:07
  12. 20.
    The balance between pleasure and virtue09/28/2020
    2:30
  13. 21.
    Why are you asking for more?09/25/2020
    2:45
  14. 22.
    Virtue is its own reward09/24/2020
    2:45
  15. 23.
    Harmonize your mind09/23/2020
    2:43
  16. 24.
    Pleasure is the companion, not the essence, of life09/22/2020
    2:17
  17. 25.
    The difference between pleasure and virtue09/21/2020
    2:26
  18. 26.
    Reason is the only thing that will make you truly happy09/18/2020
    2:39
  19. 27.
    There is no happiness without truth09/17/2020
    2:59
  20. 28.
    Do away with hope and fear09/16/2020
    2:46
  21. 29.
    Fortune vs virtue09/15/2020
    2:22
  22. 30.
    Pursue the pleasures of life, in moderation09/14/2020
    2:36
  23. 31.
    Don't follow blindly what other say, no matter how famous they are09/11/2020
    2:40
  24. 32.
    Don't go after fool's gold09/10/2020
    2:53
  25. 33.
    Living by reason, not by imitation of others09/09/2020
    2:23
  26. 34.
    What is happiness anyway?09/08/2020
    2:39
  27. 35.
    Do not wish for impossible things09/07/2020
    2:21
  28. 36.
    Do not wait for Plato's Republic09/04/2020
    2:27
  29. 37.
    Either god or randomness09/03/2020
    2:21
  30. 38.
    Do not concern yourself with other people's opinions09/02/2020
    2:23
  31. 39.
    Negative and positive actions on behalf of the cosmopolis09/01/2020
    2:44
  32. 40.
    Everything changes08/31/2020
    2:16
  33. 41.
    The importance of our ruling faculty08/28/2020
    2:36
  34. 42.
    Objective situations and subjective judgments08/27/2020
    2:28
  35. 43.
    Apply reason to social improvement08/26/2020
    2:31
  36. 44.
    Teach them or bear with them08/25/2020
    2:17
  37. 45.
    When peope do wrong they hurt themselves first08/24/2020
    2:31
  38. 46.
    Pain, pleasure, and injustice08/21/2020
    2:26
  39. 47.
    The nature of injustice08/20/2020
    3:02
  40. 48.
    Setting up again what chance has overthrown08/19/2020
    2:22
  41. 49.
    Help, instead of pity, others08/18/2020
    2:13
  42. 50.
    The ideal ruler08/17/2020
    2:46
  43. 51.
    Stoicism in the service of all08/14/2020
    2:27
  44. 52.
    The opposite of mercy is cruelty08/13/2020
    2:25
  45. 53.
    The nature and importance of mercy08/12/2020
    2:49
  46. 54.
    When cruelty becomes pleasure08/11/2020
    2:42
  47. 55.
    Let us be more forgiving08/10/2020
    2:26
  48. 56.
    The right and the wrong times to use violence08/07/2020
    2:49
  49. 57.
    People can change, and so can we08/06/2020
    2:52
  50. 58.
    The tyrant will not be able to hide08/05/2020
    2:26
  51. 59.
    Beware of the corruption of the justice system08/04/2020
    2:36
  52. 60.
    Do not support leaders who drag their office into the mud08/03/2020
    2:32
  53. 61.
    War is cruelty on a massive scale07/31/2020
    2:28
  54. 62.
    When you hurt others, you hurt yourself07/30/2020
    2:37
  55. 63.
    Seneca and the Peter Parker principle07/29/2020
    2:48
  56. 64.
    Let us err on the side of clemency07/28/2020
    2:42
  57. 65.
    Clemency helps the innocent and the virtuous07/27/2020
    2:53
  58. 66.
    Is Nero going to "forget" his character?07/24/2020
    2:31
  59. 67.
    Seneca offers himself as a mirror for Nero's soul07/23/2020
    3:04
  60. 68.
    Overcome your fear of death and you will be free and powerful07/22/2020
    2:49
  61. 69.
    What is and is not up to us07/21/2020
    2:51
  62. 70.
    Consider how much control you have, and what follows from that07/20/2020
    2:46
  63. 71.
    You can get better immediately, it's up to you07/17/2020
    2:44
  64. 72.
    If you are in Gyara, live as one who is in Gyara07/16/2020
    2:47
  65. 73.
    How to practice and what to practice07/15/2020
    2:35
  66. 74.
    Do not wish for figs in winter07/14/2020
    2:48
  67. 75.
    Stoics have a duty to work toward social and political change07/13/2020
    2:41
  68. 76.
    Why should we be good?07/10/2020
    2:36
  69. 77.
    Enjoy figs in the summer, don't wish for them in the winter07/09/2020
    2:30
  70. 78.
    Practicing philosophy is like going to the doctor's office07/08/2020
    2:24
  71. 79.
    Focus on the deed, not the praise07/07/2020
    2:37
  72. 80.
    Your roles in life07/06/2020
    3:05
  73. 81.
    The ultimate locus of your freedom07/03/2020
    2:38
  74. 82.
    Who are you, anyway?07/02/2020
    3:07
  75. 83.
    It's about deeds, not words07/01/2020
    2:42
  76. 84.
    A philosophy needs to be digested properly, not just vomited06/30/2020
    2:25
  77. 85.
    Reframing problems into training exercises06/29/2020
    2:32
  78. 86.
    When the universe sends you a sparring partner06/26/2020
    2:25
  79. 87.
    Don't make yourself a salve of others06/25/2020
    2:15
  80. 88.
    What is truly good or bad06/24/2020
    2:19
  81. 89.
    Examine your values carefully06/23/2020
    2:21
  82. 90.
    The character gap06/22/2020
    2:17
  83. 91.
    The fine trappings of a horse06/19/2020
    2:23
  84. 92.
    Are you alone or lonely?06/18/2020
    2:23
  85. 93.
    Ask your impressions for the right password06/17/2020
    2:36
  86. 94.
    How to deal with a difficult relative06/16/2020
    2:49
  87. 95.
    What is always within your power06/15/2020
    2:27
  88. 96.
    Philosophical journaling06/12/2020
    2:39
  89. 97.
    The problem with wealth is that it doesn't guarantee you a sound mind06/11/2020
    2:28
  90. 98.
    That is tyranny, not government06/10/2020
    2:52
  91. 99.
    Argue less, practice more06/09/2020
    2:30
  92. 100.
    What do you like to tend to?06/08/2020
    2:44
  93. 101.
    Contemplating your final activity06/05/2020
    2:10
  94. 102.
    Facts don't come with judgments attached to them06/04/2020
    2:56
  95. 103.
    The raw material of the good person06/03/2020
    2:38
  96. 104.
    We need to be human beings, not statues06/02/2020
    2:34
  97. 105.
    The three disciplines of Epictetus06/01/2020
    2:59
  98. 106.
    Socrates and Alcibiades05/29/2020
    2:32
  99. 107.
    Give yourself a break (from externals)05/28/2020
    2:42
  100. 108.
    Free yourself from the fickleness of others05/27/2020
    2:56
  101. 109.
    Pay attention to the ledger of your life05/26/2020
    2:28
  102. 110.
    How to avoid a wretched life05/25/2020
    2:36
  103. 111.
    On the futility of war05/22/2020
    3:14
  104. 112.
    Past, present, and future05/21/2020
    2:48
  105. 113.
    The immortality of philosophy05/20/2020
    2:45
  106. 114.
    Try some true friends instead05/19/2020
    2:54
  107. 115.
    Have a conversation with Socrates or Epicurus05/18/2020
    2:53
  108. 116.
    Spend time in good company05/15/2020
    3:00
  109. 117.
    On the treatment of humans and animals05/14/2020
    2:57
  110. 118.
    How to properly go to the barber05/13/2020
    2:39
  111. 119.
    The three periods of life05/12/2020
    2:32
  112. 120.
    How to get to old age05/11/2020
    2:42
  113. 121.
    Live in the here and now05/08/2020
    2:40
  114. 122.
    Postponement is the greatest waste of life05/07/2020
    2:36
  115. 123.
    Are you on a voyage, or just tossed about by the currents of life?05/06/2020
    2:49
  116. 124.
    Learning how to live, and how to die05/05/2020
    2:29
  117. 125.
    Set aside time to better yourself05/01/2020
    2:38
  118. 126.
    Time to change your plans, right now04/30/2020
    2:47
  119. 127.
    Time vs money04/29/2020
    2:21
  120. 128.
    Much of your life is not up to you04/28/2020
    2:17
  121. 129.
    Life is long enough04/27/2020
    2:35
  122. 130.
    On the shortness of life04/24/2020
    2:44
  123. 131.
    We ought to take care of everyone04/23/2020
    2:34
  124. 132.
    The problem with luxury04/22/2020
    2:31
  125. 133.
    The importance of experience and self-control04/21/2020
    2:30
  126. 134.
    Think about the long term consequences of your actions04/20/2020
    2:26
  127. 135.
    The philosophy school is like the doctor's office04/17/2020
    2:33
  128. 136.
    You made the only mistake you could possibly make04/16/2020
    2:40
  129. 137.
    What we should concern ourselves with04/15/2020
    2:44
  130. 138.
    How to save $1000 by challenging impressions.04/14/2020
    2:47
  131. 139.
    Patterning ourselves after Zeus04/13/2020
    3:00
  132. 140.
    Don't try to reason with those who can't hear04/10/2020
    2:38
  133. 141.
    Take care of your mind just like you do of your body04/09/2020
    2:25
  134. 142.
    Practice what you preach04/08/2020
    2:21
  135. 143.
    On being useful to others04/07/2020
    2:30
  136. 144.
    Make your last choice while you still can04/06/2020
    2:41
  137. 145.
    Shameful speech undermines your character04/03/2020
    2:25
  138. 146.
    Pain vs pleasure04/02/2020
    2:44
  139. 147.
    The importance of self-control04/01/2020
    2:50
  140. 148.
    Criticizing tyrants is not enough03/31/2020
    2:44
  141. 149.
    Live in the here and now03/30/2020
    2:28
  142. 150.
    The interplay between nature and wisdom03/27/2020
    2:56
  143. 151.
    What wisdom is for03/26/2020
    2:40
  144. 152.
    Live according to nature03/25/2020
    3:02
  145. 153.
    The virtues of sound reasoning and scientific understanding03/24/2020
    3:19
  146. 154.
    On friendship03/23/2020
    2:32
  147. 155.
    Our social duties03/20/2020
    3:17
  148. 156.
    On private property03/19/2020
    2:37
  149. 157.
    Sociability, not pleasure03/17/2020
    2:23
  150. 158.
    Expanding our circle of concerns03/16/2020
    3:18
  151. 159.
    On suicide03/13/2020
    3:03
  152. 160.
    On fame: Chrysippus agrees with Diogenes03/12/2020
    2:33
  153. 161.
    Why some indifferents are preferred03/11/2020
    3:17
  154. 162.
    Stoicism, Cynicism, and Aristotelianism03/10/2020
    3:41
  155. 163.
    The drowning man metaphor03/09/2020
    2:46
  156. 164.
    More on Aristotelians vs Stoics03/06/2020
    3:35
  157. 165.
    On pain and mind03/05/2020
    2:37
  158. 166.
    Aristotelianism vs Stoicism03/04/2020
    3:10
  159. 167.
    Intentions vs consequences03/03/2020
    3:33
  160. 168.
    Living according to nature03/02/2020
    2:43
  161. 169.
    Why a good life is a moral life02/28/2020
    3:24
  162. 170.
    The chief good is the moral good02/27/2020
    2:46
  163. 171.
    The metaphor of the archer02/25/2020
    3:15
  164. 172.
    The mixed roots of virtue02/25/2020
    2:53
  165. 173.
    Things that have value outside of virtue02/24/2020
    2:56
  166. 174.
    Our natural delight in the use of reason02/20/2020
    3:07
  167. 175.
    The root of virtue: self love02/19/2020
    3:11
  168. 176.
    The crucial importance of technical words02/18/2020
    2:59
  169. 177.
    Virtue vs pleasure02/17/2020
    3:01
  170. 178.
    Teach or endure02/14/2020
    2:46
  171. 179.
    Two scenarios for the after-death02/13/2020
    2:52
  172. 180.
    What is properly ours and what is not02/12/2020
    2:28
  173. 181.
    Of bitter cucumbers and thorny briars02/11/2020
    2:17
  174. 182.
    The inner citadel02/10/2020
    2:41
  175. 183.
    The courage to stay02/07/2020
    2:32
  176. 184.
    Value judgments are not inherent in things02/06/2020
    2:28
  177. 185.
    Achieving ataraxia02/05/2020
    2:32
  178. 186.
    On fame, posthumous or not02/04/2020
    2:36
  179. 187.
    Three things to care about02/03/2020
    2:15
  180. 188.
    The nuanced conflict between pleasure and virtue01/31/2020
    2:32
  181. 189.
    How not to get overwhelmed by problems01/30/2020
    2:46
  182. 190.
    A prepared mind is a mark of wisdom01/29/2020
    2:22
  183. 191.
    The true meaning of human freedom01/28/2020
    2:15
  184. 192.
    When it comes to people insulting you, you are in complete control01/27/2020
    2:14
  185. 193.
    The insult conundrum01/24/2020
    2:10
  186. 194.
    The best way to respond to insults01/23/2020
    2:39
  187. 195.
    Rich people are worse than beggars01/22/2020
    2:24
  188. 196.
    On the invulnerability of the wise person01/21/2020
    2:33
  189. 197.
    Is sagehood possible?01/20/2020
    2:56
  190. 198.
    How to react to both prosperity and adversity01/17/2020
    2:17
  191. 199.
    The simplified dichotomy of control01/16/2020
    2:18
  192. 200.
    The meaning of invulnerability01/15/2020
    2:27

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