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Author: Massimo Pigliucci

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Occasional reflections on the wisdom of Ancient Greek and Roman philosophers. More at https://massimopigliucci.com. 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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Epictetus bluntly tells us that if we have not been affected by philosophy and have not changed our mind about something important as a result of it, we are simply playing a game. So, has philosophy changed your mind yet? --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
Don’t expect to tell others what they should do when they know that you do what you shouldn’t. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
It is not proper for one to die who is helpful to many while he is alive, unless by dying he is helpful to more. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
Choose to die well while you can; wait too long, and it might become impossible to do so. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
If we speak badly, we think badly, and we are more likely to act badly. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
Pain vs pleasure

Pain vs pleasure

2020-04-0202:44

Musonius Rufus reminds us to be on guard concerning the effects that both pain and pleasure may have on our character. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
Self-control, often referred to as the fourth cardinal virtue of temperance, is crucial to Stoicism and other philosophies of life. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
Musonius Rufus reminds us that we might have the same bad inclinations as other people, so we should start working on ourselves first. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
Musonius Rufus reminds us that we can, and should, only live in the present. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
Cicero deploys a beautiful metaphor to encapsulate the Stoic theory of moral developmental psychology. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
What wisdom is for

What wisdom is for

2020-03-2602:40

Wisdom is what allows us to use everything well. Things like money or education have no intrinsic value, they become valuable if we use them correctly. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
Cicero provides three interpretations of the famous Stoic motto, live according to nature. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
The Stoics adopted four ethical virtues, but also two epistemic ones: good reasoning and scientific understanding. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
On friendship

On friendship

2020-03-2302:32

Friendship is intrinsically choice-worthy, going beyond just instrumental value. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
Our social duties

Our social duties

2020-03-2003:17

Cicero explains how the wise person is supposed to be involved in society, politics, and family. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
On private property

On private property

2020-03-1902:37

The Stoic take on private property is that it isn't really property: it's on temporary loan from the universe. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
Stoicism is a practical philosophy. Let's see what it tells us about such an unusual situation as the COVID-19 pandemic. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
Cicero proposes a simple argument for why sociability, not pleasure, is the ultimate human desire. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
We learn the rudiments of ethics within our family. But we cannot stop there. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
On suicide

On suicide

2020-03-1303:03

Cicero explains what criterion the Stoic uses to decide whether to walk through the open door. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
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Comments (24)

Mike Hannan

no new episodes since June?

Dec 9th
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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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Dec 6th
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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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