Stoic Meditations

Occasional reflections on the wisdom of Ancient Greek and Roman philosophers. More at https://figsinwinter.blog - 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

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Perturbations of the mind


Zeno’s definition, then, is this: “A perturbation” (which he calls “pathos”) “is a commotion of the mind repugnant to reason, and against nature.”

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What is apatheia?


The sage will achieve a state of apatheia, meaning lack of disturbance from unhealthy emotions like fear, anger, and hatred. But she will also experience healthy emotions, like love, joy, and a sense of justice.

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849. Five philosophical takes on grief


Cicero very clearly and succinctly explains the difference among five Hellenistic takes on grief, including two Stoic ones, one by Cleanthes (the second head of the Stoa) and one by Chrysippus (the third head).

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Grief is an opinion


Grief arises from an opinion of some present evil, which includes this belief, that it is incumbent on us to grieve.

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Philosophical contradictions


Most people appear to be unaware what contradictions these things are full of. They commend those who die calmly, but they blame those who can bear the loss of another with the same calmness.

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846. Willing grief away


Cicero gives an example of people suddenly setting grief aside because they are absorbed in an urgent task. He infers that, therefore, grief is a matter of opinion, not of nature.

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845. Facts vs judgments


You see, the evil is in opinion, not in nature.

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Comfort by comparison


[We can point] out that nothing has happened but what is common to human nature; [which] does not only inform us what human nature is, but implies that all things are tolerable which others have borne and are bearing.

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843. Cicero vs the Epicureans, part II


Cicero presents three major objections to Epicureanism, which he argues is a fundamentally incoherent philosophy. See if you agree with his analysis.

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Cicero vs the Epicureans


I should agree with Epicurus that we ought to be called off from grief to contemplate good things, if we could only agree upon what was good.

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