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What's the point of this quote from Seneca (Stoicism)?

If I am to ever live a virtuous and happy life, I need to walk the paths even if there are potential perils, since if I concentrate on and spend my time dealing with pondering these perils (no matter ...
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What's the point of this quote from Seneca (Stoicism)?

To use the terminology of modern economics, Seneca was distinguishing between stated preferences and revealed preferences. Many people tell others and even tell themselves that they desire certain ...
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How can I understand references in Seneca's Moral letters to Lucilius?

These are standard abbreviations in classical scholarship. N.Q. is Seneca's Naturales quaestiones, Ep./Epp. are the very Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium you are reading (respectively, singular/plural), ...
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What would be the implications if the equality of opposites was true?

Did Heraclitus believe in the identity of opposites? I do not think so. He is popularly quoted as having said, No man ever steps in the same river twice. But what he actually said is quite ...
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Enchiridion, 16: Does a stoic moan, or not?

TL;DR The Stoic way includes empathetic reactions, i.e. groaning/moaning outwardly, in moments of shock. Both because it is a natural reaction even the perfect sage cannot help against and because he ...
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Why is self-control good?

Time Contraints A primary context for self control is time frame. A thing that may give pleasure right now will sometimes be less than optimal over the longer term. Examples abound. Eating too much. ...
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What does Marcus Aurelius mean by quoting Plato here?

In my copy* of Meditations the quote reads: Let this always be plain to you, that this piece of land is like any other; and that what is here is the same as what is on top of a mountain, or on ...
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Source for (Stoic?) quote on death/(im)mortality

Your quote is attributed to the Greek general Xenophon. It's written in "Lives of Eminent Philosophers" by Diogenes Laërtius: In this battle Epaminondas also fell. On this occasion Xenophon is said ...
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How does Stoicism deal with human interdependence?

Stoicism adopts a theory of oikeiosis, the root desire of all animals, human beings included, for self-preservation. An individual human being is, however, not only an animal but also a rational being....
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Similarities between Jordan Peterson's 12 Rules for Life and Stoicism

I can't really answer your question definitively being neither a deep expert in stoicism nor in Peterson's thought (I've done one graduate course on hellenistic philosophy and I've seen some of ...
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wisdom vs thoughts vs meditations of marcus aurelius

The writings of Marcus Aurelius, commonly called the Meditations, didn't actually have a title given by the author himself because it was never intended to be published or even read by other people. ...
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Should happiness be attained by reforming the world around us for the better or by accepting it as it is?

Definitely do not accept it as it is. It is the most destructive force our planet has ever seen. To live rightly, you should follow these maxims: Seek Truth, Protect Beauty, Fight for Justice, and ...
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Do the stoics really believe it makes no difference how someone else behaves or is that a vulgar and mistaken guess?

The word 'stoic' is associated with being unmoved by external things. What is that about? Epictetus wrote a "Handbook" which partially survives in other books. The 2020 updated version by ...
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Stoicism: How can you be calm and uncaring and rush to do your best at the same time?

I have noticed that I also do not seem to try hard to do certain things or at least, I don't put in that hurried energy to get things done like I used to. tl;dr: If that's how you experience Stoicism,...
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Is Kant's idea of imperatives derived from stoicism?

This citation may wel be related to Kant. However, Kant is so embeded in the history of thought that this one citation is not enough to point to a real correlation. One has to know about the way ...
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The meaning behind Seneca's quote

Lucius Annaeus Seneca (ca.1 BCE – 65 AD)'s quote is from De Consolatione ad Marciam ("On Consolation to Marcia", written around 40 AD) : this Consolation is constructed in the Consolatio ...
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What are some of the most effective arguments against stoicism?

The arguments against Stoicism that are effective for me, are that the Stoic virtues of rationality, and prudence about their physical existence, fail to capture the values that matter more in this ...
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Is stoicism still relevant in modern world?

For many people today, it seems so! I'm not much into Stoicism myself, but I am always surprised when I use "philosophy" as a search term in, say, book markets, to see how much Stoicism pops ...
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Are there any stoic suggestions around dealing with unneeded hard truths and happy unknowing minds?

This is not only about belief and ethics. It is also about personal relationships. And not only between you and the person who is happy to use sausages without knowing how they work, but of a variety ...
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What did Marcus Aurelius mean when he said, ". . . we can learn how man has contact with God"?

Carl Jung thought that before we became too civilized, every one of us lived partly in "our" world, and partly in the spiritual world: "People speak of belief [in God] when they have ...
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What did Marcus Aurelius mean in Book II Verse VI

The first sentence Do wrong to thyself, do wrong to thyself, my soul is not to be taken serious: Marcus Aurelius addresses himself in a sarcastic manner. He means: Now, nearly at the end of your ...
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Seneca's take on suicide

He is really advocating euthanasia, rather than suicide. That is dying based on poor quality of life, rather than sorrow or disappointment or setbacks, and so on. It is crucial to war that people be ...
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Understanding progress and improvement (Epictetus)

In a few words, the argument of the brief Discourse, I,4 : Of progress or improvement, is the following : Progress (προκοπῆς, to improve) is not to be able to read the books of the philosophers (like ...
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What are the key differences between Plato's Republic and Zeno's?

▻ THE TEXT It is true that the text of Zeno's 'Politeia' has been lost but there is a large collection of surviving fragments to be found in Diogenes Laertius, Philodemus, Clement of Alexandria, St ...
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What stoicism offers for platonic love?

Some things are in our control and others not. Things in our control are opinion, pursuit, desire, aversion, and, in a word, whatever are our own actions. Things not in our control are body, property, ...
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Death and Epictetus

See Epicurus' Psychology and Ethics : For Epicurus, there are some fears that are perfectly legitimate; so too are some desires. Epicurus offers a classification of desires into three types: some ...
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