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Stoic Meditations

By Massimo Pigliucci

Occasional reflections on the wisdom of Ancient Greek and Roman philosophers. More at patreon.com/PlatoFootnotes Please consider supporting Stoic Meditations. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

  1. 1.
    Not just endurance, but tranquillity of mind11/15/2018
    2:15
  2. 2.
    Philosophy is serious business11/14/2018
    2:09
  3. 3.
    Decide on the big picture, the details come later11/13/2018
    1:40
  4. 4.
    Seneca on suicide11/12/2018
    2:48
  5. 5.
    The Stoic argument for the right to suicide11/09/2018
    1:59
  6. 6.
    Life: it isn't about length, it's about quality11/08/2018
    2:13
  7. 7.
    How to avoid temptation and practice virtue11/07/2018
    3:17
  8. 8.
    We are all sick, but we can help each other11/06/2018
    2:27
  1. 9.
    The difference between tranquillity and flat calm11/05/2018
    2:01
  2. 10.
    Racism and Stoic compassion11/02/2018
    2:35
  3. 11.
    Gelato and the Cynic wing of Stoicism11/01/2018
    2:36
  4. 12.
    The most important mental trick of your life10/31/2018
    2:42
  5. 13.
    The unity of virtue thesis10/30/2018
    2:04
  6. 14.
    Tackle illness with virtue10/29/2018
    2:08
  7. 15.
    Be prepared to endure prosperity10/26/2018
    1:58
  8. 16.
    Epictetus gets punched on the nose10/25/2018
    2:05
  9. 17.
    The last day of Epicurus10/24/2018
    2:15
  10. 18.
    All good people are equally worthy10/23/2018
    2:29
  11. 19.
    Virtue is nothing but right reason10/22/2018
    2:10
  12. 20.
    Be charitable toward others10/17/2018
    2:42
  13. 21.
    Do like Socrates, have a dialogue instead of a dispute10/16/2018
    1:56
  14. 22.
    Love requires virtue, not externals10/15/2018
    2:13
  15. 23.
    Rich vs poor10/12/2018
    2:00
  16. 24.
    Joy vs pain10/11/2018
    1:58
  17. 25.
    What is virtue, anyway?10/10/2018
    2:27
  18. 26.
    Talk to people like Socrates would10/09/2018
    2:35
  19. 27.
    All virtues are related10/08/2018
    2:28
  20. 28.
    What matters is how you handle things10/05/2018
    2:16
  21. 29.
    Death is change and not to be feared10/04/2018
    2:22
  22. 30.
    Let us celebrate those truly worth celebrating10/03/2018
    2:13
  23. 31.
    I want something on which I may test my endurance10/02/2018
    2:23
  24. 32.
    Whatever can happen at any time can happen today10/01/2018
    2:34
  25. 33.
    Make friends, oppose Fortuna09/28/2018
    1:50
  26. 34.
    Nothing good comes out of a static universe09/27/2018
    2:10
  27. 35.
    Don't make fun of others, be helpful09/26/2018
    2:00
  28. 36.
    Practice self control to become more virtuous09/25/2018
    1:56
  29. 37.
    Enjoy your friends and loved ones, now09/24/2018
    2:04
  30. 38.
    The Stoic approach to grief09/21/2018
    2:15
  31. 39.
    Converse with the best minds, read a book09/20/2018
    2:17
  32. 40.
    Are you really that busy?09/19/2018
    2:29
  33. 41.
    Greed leads to unhappiness09/18/2018
    2:31
  34. 42.
    How to think about life and death09/17/2018
    2:29
  35. 43.
    Are you dead before the time, by your own choice?09/14/2018
    1:48
  36. 44.
    No matter what, keep your emerald color09/13/2018
    1:50
  37. 45.
    Epictetus asks a student a trick question...09/12/2018
    2:02
  38. 46.
    The right thing to do is often painful09/11/2018
    1:44
  39. 47.
    On exotic food consumption09/10/2018
    2:09
  40. 48.
    That which Fortuna has not given, she cannot take away09/07/2018
    2:33
  41. 49.
    We all want lasting joy09/06/2018
    2:35
  42. 50.
    Beware of flattery, it gets in the way of genuine progress09/05/2018
    2:28
  43. 51.
    Practicing philosophy is like going to spiritual gym09/04/2018
    1:55
  44. 52.
    Adversity is just a gym to exercise your virtue09/03/2018
    2:01
  45. 53.
    Old age, frail and not08/31/2018
    2:31
  46. 54.
    Take care of your body, with temperance08/30/2018
    1:47
  47. 55.
    How to excel at being human08/29/2018
    2:05
  48. 56.
    Where philosophy begins08/28/2018
    2:08
  49. 57.
    We should study broadly in order to increase understanding08/27/2018
    2:03
  50. 58.
    Choose your entertainment virtuously08/24/2018
    2:04
  51. 59.
    Everything flows, so don't get attached08/23/2018
    2:52
  52. 60.
    Always do what is in harmony with the common interest08/22/2018
    2:10
  53. 61.
    Do you think you know the difference between good and bad?08/21/2018
    3:24
  54. 62.
    The difference between proto-emotions and fully formed ones08/20/2018
    2:31
  55. 63.
    How to get a good night's sleep08/17/2018
    2:07
  56. 64.
    Self-sufficiency comes from inside, not from externals08/16/2018
    1:47
  57. 65.
    Death is like pre-birth: there is nothing to be feared08/15/2018
    1:46
  58. 66.
    Practice philosophy constantly, life doesn't stop08/14/2018
    2:14
  59. 67.
    Learn from teachers who do, not just talk08/13/2018
    1:39
  60. 68.
    Compel Fortuna to play on equal terms08/10/2018
    2:03
  61. 69.
    Pay attention to what others say, inhabit their minds08/09/2018
    1:49
  62. 70.
    Revenge is not justice08/08/2018
    1:55
  63. 71.
    What's the problem with the passions?08/07/2018
    2:05
  64. 72.
    No pain no gain, says Musonius08/06/2018
    2:16
  65. 73.
    You should live neither in a place of torture nor in a cafe08/03/2018
    2:11
  66. 74.
    Philosophy may be painful or a pleasure, but it's worth it08/02/2018
    2:44
  67. 75.
    Is the problem with the place, or with you?08/01/2018
    1:57
  68. 76.
    You want to change the world? Begin by changing yourself07/31/2018
    2:12
  69. 77.
    A good life depends not on length, but on our use of it07/30/2018
    2:18
  70. 78.
    What's really important in your life?07/27/2018
    2:22
  71. 79.
    On the difference between philosophy and logic chopping07/26/2018
    1:38
  72. 80.
    Things themselves have no power to form our judgments07/25/2018
    2:22
  73. 81.
    Reflect on the roles you play, and play them well07/24/2018
    3:27
  74. 82.
    Won't you be my neighbor?07/23/2018
    2:10
  75. 83.
    What do you think is truly good for you?07/20/2018
    1:39
  76. 84.
    On family matters, take the high moral ground07/19/2018
    1:45
  77. 85.
    Everyone who craves externals is a slave to them07/18/2018
    1:40
  78. 86.
    Calibrate your desires, achieve serenity07/17/2018
    2:04
  79. 87.
    Don't buy a horse on the basis of its saddle07/13/2018
    2:13
  80. 88.
    “They are slaves,” nay, rather they are people07/12/2018
    2:28
  81. 89.
    Beware of the difference between friendship and flattery07/11/2018
    2:14
  82. 90.
    Philosophy did not find Plato a nobleman, it made him one07/10/2018
    2:12
  83. 91.
    What does your inner daimon say?07/09/2018
    1:51
  84. 92.
    How on earth did I get here?07/06/2018
    1:37
  85. 93.
    Fortune has no jurisdiction over character07/05/2018
    2:09
  86. 94.
    Observe the goodness of those around you07/04/2018
    1:57
  87. 95.
    Whenever you yield to externals, you become their slave07/03/2018
    1:47
  88. 96.
    Our predecessors are our guides, not our masters07/02/2018
    2:28
  89. 97.
    Be forgiving of liars and unjust people06/29/2018
    1:42
  90. 98.
    But I couldn't do otherwise! Yes, you could...06/28/2018
    2:15
  91. 99.
    Make yourself happy through your own efforts06/27/2018
    2:23
  92. 100.
    Above all, we are citizens of the world06/26/2018
    2:28
  93. 101.
    Only the truly educated person is free06/25/2018
    2:12
  94. 102.
    Would the Stoics approve of assisted suicide?06/22/2018
    2:07
  95. 103.
    Being bad requires a lot of work06/21/2018
    2:01
  96. 104.
    Teach them then, and show them without being angry06/20/2018
    2:12
  97. 105.
    Go hug a philosopher, will you?06/19/2018
    2:33
  98. 106.
    We belong to the world, not to a particular corner of it06/18/2018
    1:50
  99. 107.
    It's either gods or atoms...06/15/2018
    2:32
  100. 108.
    Ethics is a practice, so do it06/14/2018
    2:05
  101. 109.
    Moving will not help you, if your trouble is internal06/13/2018
    2:22
  102. 110.
    The truth does you no harm, but error does06/12/2018
    2:09
  103. 111.
    How Epictetus lost his lamp and the thief became a brute06/11/2018
    2:07
  104. 112.
    Sound minds are hard to find, or buy06/08/2018
    2:15
  105. 113.
    Annoyed by people? It's an opportunity to practice virtue06/07/2018
    1:39
  106. 114.
    Good judgments improve your character06/06/2018
    1:54
  107. 115.
    I may become poor, then I shall be among many06/05/2018
    2:35
  108. 116.
    Always examine your assumptions06/04/2018
    1:40
  109. 117.
    Why do you care for the opinion of posterity?06/01/2018
    1:40
  110. 118.
    Good and evil are entirely up to you05/31/2018
    1:39
  111. 119.
    The glass is neither half full nor half empty, it just is05/30/2018
    1:53
  112. 120.
    Do not seek fame, seek to be useful to others05/29/2018
    2:09
  113. 121.
    Nobody wants to believe falsehoods, and yet...05/28/2018
    2:24
  114. 122.
    Think about bad stuff happening, get comfortable with it05/25/2018
    2:37
  115. 123.
    After every disturbance, re-center yourself05/24/2018
    2:07
  116. 124.
    Can you tell the difference between the baths and the mill?05/23/2018
    1:53
  117. 125.
    Some people get to the end without having lived at all05/22/2018
    1:28
  118. 126.
    Take care of your body, it helps your virtue05/21/2018
    1:58
  119. 127.
    No matter what, do your duty as a human being05/18/2018
    2:03
  120. 128.
    Where are you going to hide from death?05/17/2018
    3:01
  121. 129.
    Are you on the right path, or do you need a correction?05/16/2018
    2:13
  122. 130.
    Think and act the right way, happiness will flow05/15/2018
    2:20
  123. 131.
    What is philosophy, anyway?05/14/2018
    2:00
  124. 132.
    What about pleasure?05/11/2018
    2:04
  125. 133.
    If this were you last day, what would you be proud of?05/10/2018
    1:50
  126. 134.
    Respond to insults as if you were a rock05/09/2018
    2:42
  127. 135.
    Above all, learn how to feel joy05/08/2018
    2:52
  128. 136.
    The duty of a social animal capable of reason05/07/2018
    2:08
  129. 137.
    Epictetus and the open door policy: Stoicism and suicide05/04/2018
    3:00
  130. 138.
    Take truth wherever you find it, it's public property05/03/2018
    1:33
  131. 139.
    How to calibrate your moral compass05/02/2018
    2:22
  132. 140.
    The universe is your trainer, get ready for the Olympics05/01/2018
    1:57
  133. 141.
    Changing your life doesn't happen by magic04/30/2018
    1:53
  134. 142.
    Practice poverty as an exercise in endurance and gratitude04/27/2018
    2:00
  135. 143.
    Praise or blame do not make a thing better or worse04/26/2018
    2:22
  136. 144.
    Focus on what is up to you, the rest may or may not come04/25/2018
    3:04
  137. 145.
    Are you practicing, or just talking?04/24/2018
    2:07
  138. 146.
    15 minutes of fame? Why would you want that?04/23/2018
    2:27
  139. 147.
    We all agree to do good, but disagree on what good is04/20/2018
    1:52
  140. 148.
    No cell phones at dinner, just friends04/19/2018
    2:02
  141. 149.
    Death is coming, what are you doing in the meantime?04/18/2018
    1:40
  142. 150.
    Whose praise are you so desperately seeking?04/17/2018
    2:04
  143. 151.
    Anger is temporary madness04/16/2018
    2:15
  144. 152.
    Do you have reason? Why don't you use it, then?04/13/2018
    1:37
  145. 153.
    Is your mind in the dark, or are you just blind?04/12/2018
    1:48
  146. 154.
    Practice poverty to remind you of the important things04/11/2018
    2:24
  147. 155.
    Change your mind, if others have better reasons04/10/2018
    1:57
  148. 156.
    A crown of roses looks better than one of gold04/09/2018
    1:59
  149. 157.
    How to handle the holidays, Stoically speaking04/06/2018
    1:54
  150. 158.
    Harm comes from opinion, take away the opinion, then04/05/2018
    2:18
  151. 159.
    Practical philosophy is called practical for a reason04/04/2018
    2:14
  152. 160.
    People do bad things because they are fools04/03/2018
    2:02
  153. 161.
    Fate, God, or Chance, it doesn't really matter04/02/2018
    2:17
  154. 162.
    What are you going to do today to improve the human polis?03/30/2018
    2:00
  155. 163.
    Got a headache? Excellent opportunity to practice endurance!03/29/2018
    2:18
  156. 164.
    Practical philosophy is not an oxymoron03/28/2018
    2:37
  157. 165.
    The universe is transformation, life is opinion03/27/2018
    2:02
  158. 166.
    Ultimately, it is always your decision03/26/2018
    2:10
  159. 167.
    Take care of the body, but don't treat it as a temple03/23/2018
    2:29
  160. 168.
    Fame is fickle, and irrelevant03/22/2018
    2:01
  161. 169.
    Study logic, reason well about life03/21/2018
    1:51
  162. 170.
    Be afraid of the right things03/20/2018
    2:12
  163. 171.
    How the Stoics saw women's education03/19/2018
    2:41
  164. 172.
    Nobody does wrong voluntarily03/16/2018
    2:17
  165. 173.
    Reason is the name of the game03/15/2018
    2:04
  166. 174.
    The truth belongs to everyone03/14/2018
    1:57
  167. 175.
    The inner citadel of peace03/13/2018
    1:56
  168. 176.
    It takes time for a fig to ripe, or a character to mature03/12/2018
    2:21
  169. 177.
    The advantages of old age03/09/2018
    2:04
  170. 178.
    Fame is fleeting, focus on the here and now03/08/2018
    2:35
  171. 179.
    Make sure you work on your faculty of judgment03/07/2018
    2:34
  172. 180.
    Pick a role model03/06/2018
    2:08
  173. 181.
    Philosophy as medicine for the mind03/05/2018
    2:23
  174. 182.
    With great power comes great responsibility03/02/2018
    1:58
  175. 183.
    Keep a sound and upright soul, despise Fortune03/01/2018
    2:03
  176. 184.
    Work for the public good03/01/2018
    1:53
  177. 185.
    Judgments, Not Externals 03/01/2018
    2:21
  178. 186.
    It's All About Character03/01/2018
    2:07
  179. 187.
    Do The Right Thing, Now03/01/2018
    1:34
  180. 188.
    Opinions Cause Suffering03/01/2018
    2:16
  181. 189.
    Beware Of The Company You Keep03/01/2018
    2:06
  182. 190.
    We Are All Brothers & Sisters03/01/2018
    2:52
  183. 191.
    Philosophy As A Way Of Life03/01/2018
    1:52
  184. 192.
    Living According To Nature03/01/2018
    1:51
  185. 193.
    Against Nationalism03/01/2018
    1:56
  186. 194.
    Courage Requires Justice03/01/2018
    1:44
  187. 195.
    Use Your Thoughts Well03/01/2018
    1:46
  188. 196.
    Character Is Crucial03/01/2018
    2:11
  189. 197.
    The point of philosophy is...03/01/2018
    1:43
  190. 198.
    What happens after death?03/01/2018
    2:03
  191. 199.
    Beware of superficial judgment03/01/2018
    2:07
  192. 200.
    Wealth not a measure of worth03/01/2018
    1:35

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