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Occasional reflections on the wisdom of Ancient Greek and Roman philosophers. More at https://figsinwinter.blog - 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

Stoic Meditation‪s‬ Massimo Pigliucci

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Occasional reflections on the wisdom of Ancient Greek and Roman philosophers. More at https://figsinwinter.blog - 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

    806. A Cynic reason to donate your organs after you die

    806. A Cynic reason to donate your organs after you die

    Diogenes the Cynic famously didn't care what happened to his body after death, since he believed there would be no sensation. That's an excellent reason to check your driver's license and see if you signed up for organ donation.


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    805. The tiny insects that live one day

    805. The tiny insects that live one day

    Aristotle discovered some insects whose entire life lasts one day. Compared to the vastness of time, our lives are not much longer. The question is whether we are able to live them fully.


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    804. The deal Nature has struck with us

    804. The deal Nature has struck with us

    Away, then, with those follies, such as that it is miserable to die before our time. What time do you mean? That of nature? But she has only lent you life, as she might lend you money, without fixing any certain time for its repayment.


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    803. The difference between facts and judgments

    803. The difference between facts and judgments

    The process of nature is this: that in the same manner as our birth was the beginning of things with us, so death will be the end; and as we were not concerned with anything before we were born, so neither shall we be after we are dead.


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    802. As happy as Metellus?

    802. As happy as Metellus?

    It never occurs to a man that such a disaster may befall himself. As if the number of the happy exceeded that of the miserable; or as if there were any certainty in human affairs.


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    801. The right time to die

    801. The right time to die

    Cicero argues that sometimes people live too long for their own good. Which makes the Stoic point that life itself is not an intrinsic good, but the means by which we exercise virtue.


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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

!Everyperson ,

A nice short daily ‘thought for the day’

A interesting short thought for the day - to start the day intentionally and in the most beneficial state of mind.

davefdj ,

Brilliant

Only recently came across Stoic philosophy. Massimo manages to belend academic rigour with engaging content. The Podcast comes from someone with a proven academic background and from a person who wants to spread the approach as opposed to a commercial venture.

Fed up with adobe ,

Great but cut the music

The bite-sized chunks of stoic philosophy are excellent, but given how us stoics try not to waste time, I was wondering if the music could be cut - get straight to the content! (Hopefully you will welcome this criticism). Then I would give the podcast 5 stars!

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