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Who am I?

What am I doing?

How ought I to live my life?

Stoicism teaches us to acknowledge our emotions, reflect on what causes them and redirect them for our own good. Whenever we worry about how to be happy, we are worrying about how to lead a good life. No goal seems more elusive.

Massimo Pigliucci explores this remarkable philosophy and how its wisdom can be applied to our everyday lives in the quest for meaning. He shows how Stoicism teaches us the importance of a person's character, integrity and compassion.

Whoever we are, we can take something away from Stoicism, and in How to Be a Stoic, with its practical tips and exercises, meditations and mindfulness, he also explains how relevant it is to every part of our modern lives.

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©2017 Massimo Pigliucci (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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"In this thought-provoking book, Massimo Pigliucci shares his journey of discovering the power of Stoic practices in a philosophical dialogue with one of Stoicism's greatest teachers." (Ryan Holiday, best-selling author of The Obstacle Is the Way and The Daily Stoic)

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a very useful introduction to a worthwhile subject

I liked the author's attempts to write about philosophy in a more scientific way. He is clearly convinced that stoic philosophy is the way to go but points out it's not the only way. Overall, it's a nice introduction with some deeper discussion on some, but not all topics; one wonders if the publisher had a hand in pruning the text against the author's wishes here.

These discussions I found, were important because they help to show what some of the difficulties someone studying stoicism will need to face and it is refreshing to find an author who is happy talk around a subject rather than the usual introductory shallowness so many books, or complex language that make many academic texts impenetrable

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