Last year I began practicing Stoicism. And since I’m an academic, I now feel a strong urge to write about it, share my experiences, and generally introduce people to this intriguing ancient Greco-Roman philosophy. Blame it on professional habit.
This blog has the purpose of helping people understand and practice Stoicism. It is most certainly not the first blog on the topic (see my list of recommended resources), and interested people can also find plenty of books on the topic. Nonetheless, it is my personal contribution to modern Stoicism, and I hope it will be useful.
The title of the site comes from an article I published in the New York Times, and which I am currently considering expanding (a lot!) into a book. Stay tuned for news about that project. Next year I will also take a sabbatical from my position at the City College of New York to further deepen my understanding of Stoicism while visiting scholars (and places!) in Italy and Greece. Stay tuned about that too.
The main page will function as a blog, with (more or less) regular short entries highlighting something that I am reading and I think it’s worth discussing, presenting my personal musings about Stoic topics, or directing people to new available resources and other ongoing discussions.
The rest of the site is organized into five sections: books about Stoicism, things written by me (or in which I am quoted), selected meditations to help with daily practice, links to what I think are the best external resources available, and a brief introductory gallery of Stoics. I am also planning on eventually adding a “Stoicism 101” section, partly inspired by a course on the subject that I will be teaching at City in the coming Fall.
Enjoy, meditate, improve your life. Fate permitting, of course.