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Three Degrees of Wisdom: Epicureanism, Stoicism, and Neoplatonism

Written by Bruce J. MacLennan, PhD, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Ancient philosophy was a way of life, a pursuit of wisdom in order to live well. As such, the philosophies of the classical world have much to offer us today. But modern students are confronted with the same dilemma as ancient ones: which should you

Ancient Philosophy: A Crash Course

1. Metaphysics Metaphysics is the very broad and very profound branch of ancient philosophy that attempts to makes sense of the universe around us. Metaphysics asks ‘what is the universe?’ What is it made of? How does it behave? And what about the universe makes toast always land butter side down? This was a subject

Epicurus and The Pursuit of Happiness

Written by Lydia Serrant, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom We’ve all been there. Fear, anxiety, depression, existential dread…these are common side effects of the human condition and part of life experience. No matter where you have found yourself in history or what may be happening in global society, anxiety, depression and other mental and emotional challenges

What is it to be Happy?

Time to stretch out the old noggin today, dear reader. We’ve got a philosophical inquiry on our hands proposed by our senior editor Alex Barrientos… one that I think we can all agree is probably the most important question we can ask. As such, I’ll get straight into it. “As for a topic I’d like

Stoicism: A Life In Accordance With Nature

Written by Van Bryan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom “That which exercises reason is more excellent than that which does not exercise reason; there is nothing more excellent than the universe, therefore the universe exercises reason.” ~ Zeno of Citium Stoicism departs rather dramatically from the previous schools of thought we’ve been covering. With an emphasis

Epicureanism: Death Does Not Concern Us

Written by Van Bryan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom “It is impossible to live a pleasant life without living wisely and well and justly. And it is impossible to live wisely and well and justly without living a pleasant life.” ~ Epicurus, The Principal Doctrines The philosophy of the hedonists, as discussed last week, seems appealing,