Preferred Vs. Non-preferred Indifference

Stoics believe that things don’t have any inherent value within themselves, and that our senses bestow upon them varying qualities. These qualities can be good (virtue) or bad (vice). And when things are neither good nor bad, they’re called indifferent. Indifference or adiaphora (in Greek) can have many…
Dichotomy of control

What Is The Stoic Dichotomy of Control? What You Can Control Vs. What You can’t

The topic I wish to cover in this article is probably the most essential one when it comes to Stoic philosophy. The Dichotomy of control is the cornerstone of Stoic philosophy. And this can be seen In both, Discourses and Enchiridion at the beginning.  Epictetus gives his view…
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Why Do I Need A Philosophy For Life?

This is a question that most students ask in High School, I would know because I work as a philosophy professor (not trying to show off). The question is a legitimate one, especially because philosophy is the oldest of all the sciences. In Metaphysics, Aristotle claims that: “Every…
Stoicism and Gossip

Why Stoics Had The Best Shield Against Gossip

Gossip is an unconstrained conversation about other people, typically involving details that are not confirmed as being true. I like to call them the “whispers on the dark”. Gossip is part of our everyday lives, it has the ability to influence our opinions, emotional states, and world-view. And…
Do Stoics Get upset?

Do Stoics Get Upset? If So, How Would They Deal With Their Emotions?

Stoic philosophy teaches us how to deal with emotions. In its teachings, we’re able to reflect on how to handle the state of sadness, anger, anxiety and much more. I think Marcus Aurelius is probably the best example when it comes to this matter; after all he was…
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How Stoic Philosophy Helps You In The Fight Against Anxiety

Most people today suffer from suffocating anxiety. Anxiety is a relatively modern ailment that creeps up on you, and ends up causing immense damage while it does so. The illness’ existence is defined by worries and fears that seem irrational.  Its nature dwells in uncertainty which robs one…
Do stoics believe in an afterlife

Do Stoics Believe In An After Life?

Belief in the afterlife usually means that death is not the final destination in our lives.  According to Christian faith, our souls are personal, and they are preserved after death. For stoics, souls don’t retain their “personal” nature after death. Stoic views on afterlife and immortality differ from…

The Top Ten Marcus Aurelius Quotes

What a great challenge! Each time I  read Marcus Aurelius’ book Meditations, I end up underlining a new quote. After a  few years, I began to realize that I’ve underlined the whole book. And That’s why when confronted with the idea of choosing only 10 quotes I felt…
Why stoicism is popular

Why Is Stoicism Popular?

Stoicism was developed before the birth of Christ. It was founded in one of the most dominant empires in the world at the time: The Roman Empire. So why then would it rise to prominence again in the 21st century? Why is Stoicism popular again today? Have you…
Is stoicism wrong?

The Inherent Problems of Stoic Philosophy – A Critique of Stoicism

In this article, we’ll put stoicism to the test. Every philosophy can be criticized, However, we should be careful in that attempt since many critics can miss the essence of what that philosophy entails. In order to criticize something, one must be quite familiar with the subject in…