Stoic Meditations

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

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episode 281: The asymmetry of being dead


Seneca points out that people regret not being alive a thousand years from now, and yet are not bothered by the thought of not having been alive for the past thousand years.

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 2019-01-16  2m
 
 

episode 282: Life's a play, act well


Seneca uses a metaphor that later became famous with Shakespeare: life is like a play, so what counts is not its length, but how well we act our parts.

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 2019-01-17  2m
 
 

episode 283: On the importance of friendship


The Stoics, the Epicureans, and Aristotle all agreed on one thing: friends are important. In this episode we talk about why, and how the Stoics differ from the other two schools on this topic.

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 2019-01-18  1m
 
 

episode 284: 40 years or 10,000, makes little difference


Marcus says that once we have observed human affairs for 40 years, it's the same as having observed them for 10,000 years. Surely he is wrong? Not necessarily...

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 2019-01-21  2m
 
 

episode 285: Everything depends on opinion


Seneca tells us that our happiness, or lack thereof, is a matter of our own opinion. No, he's not making a relativist or post-modernist argument on the nature of knowledge.

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 2019-01-22  2m
 
 

episode 286: Turn regrets into learning opportunities


Seneca reminds us that to indulge in regret is irrational, as the past is outside of our control. That doesn't mean we can't learn from it, though.

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 2019-01-23  2m
 
 

episode 287: What's a good reason to endure hardship?


Seneca reminds us that athletes willingly subject themselves to harsh regimes in order to succeed. But when it comes to becoming a better person most of us think it's just too difficult.

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 2019-01-24  2m
 
 

episode 288: Your "happiness" is up to you, really


Epictetus reminds us that the only things that are truly good or bad for us are our judgments, which are under our control. It follows that "happiness," in the sense of a life worth living, is also under our control.

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 2019-01-25  2m
 
 

episode 289: Pay attention to the good parts of your life


A contemporary theory of consciousness, proposed by philosopher Jesse Prinz, recalls Seneca's treatment of the emotions, and teaches us how to avert painful thoughts by focusing on the good things that happen to us.

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 2019-01-28  2m
 
 

episode 290: Are you sick? You can be brave about it


Seneca reminds us that courage is not just for the battlefield, but for the everyday difficulties of life, like being sick.

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 2019-01-29  3m