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Video introduction to Stoicism:

Essays not included on this blog:

Stoicism entry for the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. A comprehensive overview of Stoicism, from its origin and connections to other philosophical schools, to the central ideas, to its influence after the decline of the Roman Empire, to its contemporary revival. The IEP is a peer reviewed publication.

A secular Stoic perspective on death, Free Inquiry magazine. Death is, quite literally, of concern to everyone, and all religions and philosophies have developed ways to understand it and to cope with it. Secular philosophies such as humanism are often found wanting in this respect, being perceived as ad hoc palliatives rather than fully equipped to address the issue of death. In this article, I put forth a modern version of the ancient Stoic take on death and dying, which I submit is a powerful tool for both religious and secular humanists.

Dying (every day) with dignity: lessons from Stoicism, The Human Prospect. Stoicism is an ancient Greco-Roman practical philosophy focused on the ethics of everyday living. It is a eudaemonistic (i.e., emphasizing one’s flourishing) approach to life, as well as a type of virtue ethics (i.e., concerned with the practice of virtues as central to one’s existence). This paper summarizes the basic tenets of Stoicism and discusses how it tackles the issues of death and suicide. It presents a number of exercises that modern Stoics practice in order to prepare for death (one’s own, or those of relatives and friends). It argues that modern Stoicism is a viable personal philosophy.

How to Be a Stoic. Yes, this is where the title of this blog comes from: “Stoicism is the philosophical root of a number of evidence-based psychological therapies, including Victor Frankl’s logotherapy and C.B.T. … Meditation, mindfulness and focus on virtue make up the core of Stoic practice.”

The Stoic egg, Scientia Salon. “The annual Stoic Week is approaching, so it seems like a good time to return to my ongoing exploration of Stoicism as a philosophy of life. I have been practicing Stoicism since 4 October 2014, and so far so good. …”

Why not Stoicism?, Scientia Salon. “Stoicism has been in the back of my mind since I was very young, initially for the obviously parochial reason that it was the prevalent philosophy among the ancient Romans, i.e., part of my broadly construed cultural heritage. (Then again it is for the same reason that Buddhism is very popular in India, Confucianism in China, and Shinto in Japan.)…”

Talks I’ve given about Stoicism:

Media appearances:

Salon / Bold TV interview on Stoicism, the US Presidential election, and my new Stoic School of Life,

Don Robertson interviews me for Modern Stoicism.

The RedZone podcast, on Why Stoic Philosophy Now?

Interview with Prokopton about STOICON 2016.

A conversation with Nigel Warburton where I recommend the five best books on Stoicism.

A short conversation held at Bergen Community College, NJ on “Stoicism: what is it all about?

A conversation with Daniel Fincke and Dan Kauffman about what Stoicism does and does not get right.

Part I of an in-depth discussion of some of Seneca’s Letters to Lucilius, over at the Partially Examined life podcast.

Interview in the Irish Times on whether Stoicism the answer to modern living.

A video chat with bart Campolo, host of the Wonder-Full podcast, on Stoicism and the meaning of life.

An interview with Nigel Warburton for Aeon magazine, on death and Stoicism. I discuss how the Stoical view of death still carries meaning in a modern context, from questions of suicide to how to engage in the world and appreciate the good things in life.

How to be a Stoic in Five Easy Lessons, my conversation with CBC’s Tapestry host Mary Hynes.

A conversation on Secular Buddhism and Neo Stoicism, over at the set of the Secular Buddhist Association.

An interview with Ryan Holiday on all things Stoic: “As a student and proponent of stoicism, I was incredibly excited to see the New York Times not only publish an article about stoic philosophy last month but watch as the article become of the most emailed and viewed pieces on the entire site. At the same time, as a writer on this topic, I also had an embarrassing human reaction: jealousy. Why did Professor Massimo Pigliucci get this opportunity and I didn’t? Why are things so unfair?”

A video chat with my colleague Dan Kaufman on “Stoicism, Then and Now.”

Extended interview with yours truly at the Painted Porch, a Stoic podcast, 12 January 2015.

A conversation on Stoicism between me and Julia Galef, at the Rationally Speaking podcast.

Meet the Real Stoics Taking Psychology Back to the 3rd Century BC, Newsweek: “Just ask the world’s coolest Stoic, professor Massimo Pigliucci, 50, an ear-ringed Italian ­philosopher based at the City University of New York. In an experiment on himself, he’s been living by the Aurelian code for the last two months and intends to continue for another ten.”