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Author: Massimo Pigliucci

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Occasional reflections on the wisdom of Ancient Greek and Roman philosophers. More at patreon.com/FigsInWinter. Please consider supporting Stoic Meditations. (cover art by Marek Škrabák; original music by Ian Jolin-Rasmussen, www.jolinras.info). Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
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To have whatsoever they wish is not in people's power; it is in their power not to wish for what they have not, but cheerfully to employ what comes to them.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
“Bad bread!” you say. But just wait for it; it will become good. Hunger will make even such bread delicate and of the finest flavor. And the same goes for any other external thing, whether a necessity or a luxury.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
Nothing need provoke our anger if we do not add to our pile of troubles by getting angry.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
It's relatively easy to stay on the right track by following simple methods, but there are countless ways to go wrong if we don't pay attention. Here are three basic rules from Stoic philosophy to keep your life on the right track.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
How do we strike a good balance between cultivating externals, like wealth, and focusing on the improvement of our own character? Different philosophical schools gave different answers to this question.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
Ethics and human nature

Ethics and human nature

2019-08-1400:02:542

Philosophers have debated for millennia the nature of ethics. Is it arbitrary? Or are there universal moral laws that we can apprehend through reason? Neither, say the Stoics. Theirs is a thoroughly naturalistic philosophy.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
What the virtues are for

What the virtues are for

2019-08-1300:02:431

Desires have to be reined in, fear to be suppressed, proper actions to be arranged, debts to be paid; we therefore include self-restraint, bravery, prudence, and justice among the virtues – assigning to each quality its special function.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
The difference may be subtle

The difference may be subtle

2019-08-1200:02:391

There are, as you know, vices which are next-door to virtues. Carelessness looks like ease, and rashness like bravery.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
No doubt you have seen dogs playing with, and fawning before, each other, and thought, ‘Nothing could be friendlier.’ But just throw some meat in the middle, and then you’ll know what friendship amounts to.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
The Stoics understood what bodily health is, and from that they deduced the existence of a certain mental health also. They knew about bodily strength, and from that they inferred the existence of mental sturdiness.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
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Comments (23)

Facundo Pegue

explain please ayn rand and stoics ,thanks

Feb 1st
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ID

fantastic antidote to the current news cycle.

Jan 18th
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Sonal Pandey

Awesome episodes, only wish the content were a bit longer than the ads.

Jan 9th
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Facundo Pegue

amazing. thank you maximo.

Dec 11th
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Facundo Pegue

amazing

Dec 6th
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Ben fox

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Ben fox

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Dec 6th
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Facundo Pegue

thNks to you. amazing

Dec 5th
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Facundo Pegue

amazing episode. thank you. and i'm reading meditations. the best way of reading and learning it's with your teachings podcasts. thank you

Nov 27th
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Facundo Pegue

amazing, thank you.

Nov 23rd
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Facundo Pegue

amazing, thank you.

Nov 20th
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Facundo Pegue

thank you

Nov 17th
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Facundo Pegue

thank you.

Nov 7th
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Facundo Pegue

thank you

Nov 7th
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moody

Love your podcast but would be awesome if you made something a bit longer

Oct 11th
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Pablo Ribeiro

Fantastic. It's incredible how it's easy for us to forget this kind of simple and important thing.

Oct 3rd
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Jussie

great advice. Thanks for the reminder.

Sep 26th
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Craig LaCasse

I love these podcasts. I had to laugh, though, after the first listening, when I heard "Recorded with Anchor." I missheard Anchor and thought the word used was anger.

Jun 9th
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Jussie

a fantastic way of getting huge chunks of advice/wisdom in short bursts. no need to get drowned in info that some audio books thrash out. just listen to 1 or 2 or 3 episodes a day, or none. it doesn't matter really, when you do listen again you'll have maximised 2 minutes of your life and widened your perception. Not sure about the recent addition of cheesy music though.

Apr 11th
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Rose Hearse

I like these short meditations but the sound balance between the content and the advert makes it difficult to listen to. I have to turn my volume up to hear the content, then skip or turn it down quickly before the ad comes on. I'd like to accept some suffering in life, but I can find stoic teaching podcasts with better sound quality so right now I prefer those other podcasts over this one.

Feb 10th
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Rose Hearse

Rose Hearse In 2019 the sound balance is much better now, great to listen to every day.

Jun 11th
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