As readers of this blog probably know, my new book, How to Be a Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life (Basic Books) has been published. It is a practically-minded exploration of Stoicism by way of an ongoing (imaginary) conversation I have with Epictetus — my favorite Stoic teacher — while on an (actual) series of walks in Hierapolis, Rome, and Nicopolis, the places were the slave-turned-teacher spent his life.
As part of the standard series of interviews, podcasts, etc. connected to the book release, I had a long, in-depth dialogue about the process of writing How to Be a Stoic, as well as its content, with my friend Dan Kaufman. Below is the link to the video, in which Dan asks me good questions about why we need a philosophy of life to begin with, and whether modern Stoicism is an ecumenical philosophy from a religious point of view. We also talk about the relationship between Stoic virtues, disciplines, and areas of inquiry, about the Cynics as “the monks of Stoicism,” the dichotomy of control, and my recent “Dear Abby” column from a Stoic perspective. Enjoy!