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Stoicism: What’s the Verdict? Helpful or Harmful?

Even philosophy is not safe from the whims and whirls of fashionable fads. You’d think something so grounded, so profound would stand on its own, subject only to its content and the quality of its ideas. Alas, that is not the case. Instead, different schools of thought take culture by storm when and where is

The False Promise of Stoicism

Written by Aaron Smith, Instructor and Fellow, Ayn Rand Institute [The Ayn Rand Institute has granted permission to Classical Wisdom Weekly to republish this article in its entirety, originally published in New Ideal, but does not necessarily endorse the images accompanying it or other content on this site.] Over the past decade, the ancient Greek

How Stoicism Cured My Depression

Written by Pete Lewis, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Long ago and far away, laws of physics sent an asteroid hurtling through space. It collided with a planet in its equally predetermined orbit. That is how the theory goes. Neither the asteroid nor the planet is at fault for wiping out the dinosaurs. It was a

Meditations on the Rise of Stoicism

Written by Alex Barrientos, Associate Editor, Classical Wisdom Stoicism, as a philosophy of life, has become increasingly popular amongst the general public. With practical lessons on how to control our temper, how to have good friendships, prioritizing what’s important, facing death, avoiding the pitfalls of consumer culture, and how to live the good life, it

Three Stoic Lessons from a Galaxy Far, Far Away

By Alex Barrientos, Associate Editor, Classical Wisdom Weekly It is no secret, to those who are familiar with the saga, that Star Wars is filled with wisdom. Those not familiar with Star Wars are at least familiar with its iconography, such as the helmet of Darth Vader—that great symbol of the dark side of the

Epictetus: Philosophy as a Guide to Life

Written by Edward Whelan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Stoicism was one of the most popular and influential schools of philosophy in the Ancient World. Indeed, it is still popular to this day and is studied in Universities. One of the greatest of all Stoic philosophers was Epictetus (55-135 AD), a man who, despite being subjected