After almost two thousand years Stoicism, a Greek philosophy promoting self-control and common sense, is seeing a comeback. Once practiced by the great philosopher Seneca and emperor Marcus Aurelius and based on humble and just existence, stoicism stands out as a stark contrast to the era of worry and abundance we live in today.
In his new book out today How to Be a Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life, Professor of Philosophy Massimo Pigliucci gives a brief introduction into this school of philosophy but, unlike other philosophy books, Massimo offers Stoicism as an essential tool to leading a modern life: from work to relationships, to everyday balance.
“A philosophy of life is something we all develop, consciously or not. Some people simply import wholesale whatever framework for life they acquire from a religion. Others make up their own philosophy as they go along, without thinking too much about it. Still others would rather — as Socrates famously put it — take the time to examine their life in order to live better”.