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What Stoicism Isn’t

by William B. Irvine, Professor of Philosophy, Wright State University Stoicism has gotten a bad rap.  People think of the Stoics as emotionless beings—as grim, wooden individuals whose goal in life was to stand mutely and take whatever life could throw at them. This perception, however, is quite mistaken.  When we read about the Stoics

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

Can We -Did We- Experience Progress?

It’s a game we’ve ALL played before… though the answers vary depending on our age and situation. Mine personal responses have been at times: the 1920s, 1850s and the 8th century BC. While I’m a sucker for flapper fashion, Tolstoy scenes and the ancient world, inevitably I finish my comment with, but really, I don’t

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

Aristotle: Happiness is an Activity

Written by Van Bryan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom “For contemplation is both the highest form of activity (since the intellect is the highest thing in us, and the objects that it apprehends are the highest things that can be known), and also it is the most continuous because we are more capable of continuous contemplation

Cyrenaic Hedonism: A Life in Pursuit of Pleasure

Written by Van Bryan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom  “If it were wrong to be extravagant, it would not be in vogue at the festivals of the gods.” ~ Aristippus (Diogenes Laertius’ Lives of Eminent Philosophers) We have seen, through our examination of ethical egoism last week, that some philosophers believed that the best life consisted