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Distilled to its essence, the ancient Greco-Roman philosophy known as Stoicism is a philosophy of personal betterment. Professor Pigliucci, who knows firsthand just how transformative a Stoic approach to life can be, has designed these 25 lessons as an enlightening introduction to the basics of Stoic philosophy and ways to incorporate its lessons into your own life. 

For example, the Stoic understanding of ethics was far broader than the study of right and wrong, encompassing questions concerning one’s goals and one’s relationship to other people. Also, the Stoics felt that logic was another requirement of a well-lived life, because good thinking helps protect us from living according to nonsensical notions.

Throughout the course, you’ll investigate what these great philosophers’ words and deeds can teach us about living life in the 21st century. What does Seneca tell us about managing our time in the best way possible? Why did Epictetus suggest to debate patiently with disagreeable people? Can Marcus Aurelius’ philosophy of being mindful of the labels we give ourselves help make the world a better place?

This course includes plenty of exercises you can use to retrain your mind to take on a more Stoic view of your life and the world around you. Yes, you’ll come away with an incredible wealth of knowledge about the history and principles of one of the most enduring philosophies of life - but you’ll also be on your way to a more meaningful life for yourself.

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Fantastic job of condensing Stoicism to show how to use it in every day life.

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  • 26-04-21

Detailed but digestible

Very detailed breakdown of Stoic principles but also very easy to listen to and grasp key concepts. Massimo does a great job of covering these topics without sounding preachy as well.

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  • Trevor Callahan
  • 19-07-21

Dr. Pigliucci is a genius

In a world filled with academic philosophers who teach it but don't live by it, Dr. Pigliucci is a fresh face in the world of modern philosophy. a philosophy professor can teach you all he wants about each philosopher that's ever lived, but living by each philosopher he teaches is different.

I've listened to many episodes of Dr. Pigliucci's Stoic Meditations podcast but this course is a much deeper dive into the ideas presented. It is because of this course that I bought the writings of Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius with plans of buying works of other stoic philosophers in the future. Please give this course a listen its changed but also reaffirmed some of my ideas of the world.

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