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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
To do philosophy means to reason and act correctly toward others. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
The problem with luxury

The problem with luxury

2020-04-2202:311

While wealth is a preferred indifferent, luxury is more problematic, from a Stoic perspective. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
Musonius Rufus says that the combination of experience and self-control allow us to do what is right by others and ourselves. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
Musonius Rufus contrasts the short duration of a shameful pleasure with the lingering regret that will follow. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
The philosopher’s school is a doctor’s office. You must leave not pleased, but pained, because you do not come in healthy. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
A rare glimpse into the life of young Epictetus, when he gets criticized by his teacher, Musonius Rufus. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
Musonius Rufus clearly states how to implement the dichotomy of control in our lives. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
Musonius Rufus reminds us that our most precious faculty is our ability to challenge impressions --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
Musonius Rufus is confronted by a critic about what it means to live according to Zeus, or Nature. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
Words of advice and warning administered when a person’s emotions are at their height and boiling over, accomplish little or nothing. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
In order to protect ourselves we must live like doctors and be continually treating ourselves with reason. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
Practice what you preach

Practice what you preach

2020-04-0802:211

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

2020-04-0202:441

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
Live in the here and now

Live in the here and now

2020-03-3002:282

Musonius Rufus reminds us that we can, and should, only live in the present. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
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Comments (29)

Another Pilgrim

The last three podcasts were quite good, but I didn't care for the critiques of ancient Stoic cosmology; it just wasn't particularly useful. I also find the idea full professor asking for support to be strange. Undoubtedly, Massimo, with all his books and his salary as a professor, doesn't need support for a podcast where each episode is 50 seconds of music and 20 seconds advert; less than 2 minutes of content on average. You could literally make a month's worth of episodes on an afternoon. Dr. Pigliucci, let's cut the fluff, shall we?

Nov 30th
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Ryan Carroll

His RSS feed must not be updating for a year-n-a-half: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/episodes/Ready-for-bad-stuff-to-happen--but-preferring-the-good-stuff-el952b

Nov 12th
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Another Pilgrim

The global argument from design, the underlying order of the Universe as proof of God, has not been demolished by anyone. Anyone looking for a more nuanced understanding of "God" in the Stoa should look to Chris Fischer's Stoicism on Fite podcast.

Oct 28th
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Mukta

The only problem I have with this podcast is that the episodes are too short, almost like nuggets. I wish if we could have a bit more descriptive content.

Jul 21st
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Mike Hannan

no new episodes since June?

Dec 9th
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Facundo P

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 P

amazing. thank you maximo.

Dec 11th
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Facundo P

amazing

Dec 6th
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Ben fox

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Ben fox

o

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Facundo P

thNks to you. amazing

Dec 5th
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Facundo P

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 P

amazing, thank you.

Nov 23rd
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Facundo P

amazing, thank you.

Nov 20th
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Facundo P

thank you

Nov 17th
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Facundo P

thank you.

Nov 7th
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Facundo P

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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