13 episodes

Caleb Ontiveros and Michael Tremblay discuss how to build resilience, develop virtue, and make sense of the world through Stoic philosophy. Two episodes a week.

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Caleb Ontiveros and Michael Tremblay discuss how to build resilience, develop virtue, and make sense of the world through Stoic philosophy. Two episodes a week.

    The Best Practical Philosophy Ever with Massimo Pigliucci

    The Best Practical Philosophy Ever with Massimo Pigliucci

    In this episode, Caleb Ontiveros speak with Dr. Massimo Pigliucci [https://massimopigliucci.org/].

    Massimo is one of the key figures behind the Renaissance of modern stoicism. They discuss how Stoicism has made a difference to Massimo's life, Stoicism and politics, and end with a discussion of the proper attitude towards social media. 

    This is an excellent conversation for thinking about how Stoicism can fit into a life – and why there open questions with the philosophy even if it is the best practical philosophy available. 

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    Stoa Conversations [https://stoameditation.com/blog/stoa-conversations/] is Caleb Ontiveros and Michael Tremblay's podcast on Stoic theory and practice.

    Caleb and Michael work together on the Stoa app (iPhone [https://apps.apple.com/us/app/stoa-stoic-meditation-diary/id1446345567], Android [https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=stoameditation.stoa&hl=en_US&gl=US&pli=1]). Stoa is designed to help you build resilience and focus on what matters. It combines the practical philosophy of Stoicism with modern techniques and meditation.

    Listen to more episodes and learn more here: https://stoameditation.com/blog/stoa-conversations/

    Caleb Ontiveros has a background in academic philosophy (MA) and startups. His favorite Stoic is Marcus Aurelius. Follow him here: https://twitter.com/calebmontiveros

    Michael Tremblay also has a background in academic philosophy (PhD) where he focused on Epictetus. He is also a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. His favorite Stoic is Epictetus. Follow him here: https://twitter.com/_MikeTremblay

    Thank you to Michael Levy for graciously letting us use his music in the conversations: https://ancientlyre.com/

    • 54 min
    Stoicism and Sport

    Stoicism and Sport

    How Stoicism can improve our game and sport can make us better Stoics.

    Martial artist Michael Tremblay and marathoner Caleb Ontiveros discuss the relationship between sport and Stoicism.

    (00:12) Intro

    (02:07) Similarities Between Stoicism and Sport

    (14:19) Stoicism For Sport

    (32:49) Sport for Stoicism

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    Stoa Conversations [https://stoameditation.com/blog/stoa-conversations/] is Caleb Ontiveros and Michael Tremblay's podcast on Stoic theory and practice.

    Caleb and Michael work together on the Stoa app (iPhone [https://apps.apple.com/us/app/stoa-stoic-meditation-diary/id1446345567], Android [https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=stoameditation.stoa&hl=en_US&gl=US&pli=1]). Stoa is designed to help you build resilience and focus on what matters. It combines the practical philosophy of Stoicism with modern techniques and meditation.

    Listen to more episodes and learn more here: https://stoameditation.com/blog/stoa-conversations/

    Caleb Ontiveros has a background in academic philosophy (MA) and startups. His favorite Stoic is Marcus Aurelius. Follow him here: https://twitter.com/calebmontiveros

    Michael Tremblay also has a background in academic philosophy (PhD) where he focused on Epictetus. He is also a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. His favorite Stoic is Epictetus. Follow him here: https://twitter.com/_MikeTremblay

    Thank you to Michael Levy for graciously letting us use his music in the conversations: https://ancientlyre.com/

    • 53 min
    Socratic Stoicism and Mental Health with Donald Robertson

    Socratic Stoicism and Mental Health with Donald Robertson

    Find out why Donald Robertson now calls Stoicism a fundamentally Socratic philosophy.

    In this episode Caleb Ontiveros speaks with Donald Robertson [https://donaldrobertson.name/]. Donald is the author of How to Think Like a Roman Emperor [https://www.amazon.com/How-Think-Like-Roman-Emperor/dp/1250196620] and The Philosophy of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy [https://www.amazon.com/Philosophy-Cognitive-Behavioural-Therapy-CBT-dp-036721914X/dp/036721914X/ref=dp_ob_title_bk] and a number of other excellent books. He is trained as a psychotherapist and is one of the key players behind modern Stoicism.

    We talk about Socrates, Epicureanism from the psychological point of view, ways that different psychological techniques can backfire, and the state of Stoicism today.

    This is one of my favorite episodes. Donald has expertise in both psychotherapy and Stoic philosophy – for that reason he has many significant things to say that have shaped how I, and many others, think about Stoic theory and practice.

    Plato's Academy [https://platosacademy.org/]

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    Stoa Conversations [https://stoameditation.com/blog/stoa-conversations/] is Caleb Ontiveros and Michael Tremblay's podcast on Stoic theory and practice.

    Caleb and Michael work together on the Stoa app (iPhone [https://apps.apple.com/us/app/stoa-stoic-meditation-diary/id1446345567], Android [https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=stoameditation.stoa&hl=en_US&gl=US&pli=1]). Stoa is designed to help you build resilience and focus on what matters. It combines the practical philosophy of Stoicism with modern techniques and meditation.

    Listen to more episodes and learn more here: https://stoameditation.com/blog/stoa-conversations/

    Caleb Ontiveros has a background in academic philosophy (MA) and startups. His favorite Stoic is Marcus Aurelius. Follow him here: https://twitter.com/calebmontiveros

    Michael Tremblay also has a background in academic philosophy (PhD) where he focused on Epictetus. He is also a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. His favorite Stoic is Epictetus. Follow him here: https://twitter.com/_MikeTremblay

    Thank you to Michael Levy for graciously letting us use his music in the conversations: https://ancientlyre.com/

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Epicureanism

    Epicureanism

    Is the ultimate aim of life tranquility? 

    Epicurus answered this question with a resounding "yes." The school he founded, Epicureanism, pitted itself against other ancient schools focused on virtue.

    Michael and Caleb go deep into the philosophy, explain why they think it is mistaken, but also talk about what it can teach us today.

    (00:41) Intro

    (02:16) History of Epicureanism

    (03:20) Epicurean Philosophy

    (16:38) Differences Between Stoic and Epicurean Practice

    (21:56) Similarities

    (28:25) Problems with Epicureanism

    (43:16) Why Does This Matter

    (44:16) The Wisdom in Epicureanism

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    Stoa Conversations is Caleb Ontiveros and Michael Tremblay's podcast on Stoic theory and practice.

    Caleb and Michael work together on the Stoa app. Stoa is designed to help you build resilience and focus on what matters. It combines the practical philosophy of Stoicism with modern techniques and meditation.

    Listen to more episodes and learn more here: https://stoameditation.com/blog/stoa-conversations/

    Caleb Ontiveros has a background in academic philosophy (MA) and startups. His favorite Stoic is Marcus Aurelius. Follow him here: https://twitter.com/calebmontiveros

    Michael Tremblay also has a background in academic philosophy (PhD) where he focused on Epictetus. He is also a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. His favorite Stoic is Epictetus. Follow him here: https://twitter.com/_MikeTremblay

    Thank you to Michael Levy for graciously letting us use his music in the conversations: https://ancientlyre.com/

    • 58 min
    Ancient Heroes with Alex Petkas

    Ancient Heroes with Alex Petkas

    What lessons are hidden in ancient biographies?

    Alex Petkas is a former Classics professor who now works in the industrial coatings industry. Combining theory and practice.  Modernizing Plutarch's Parallel Lives in his Cost of Glory podcast is one of his key projects. Plutarch was an ancient biographer, his most famous work, Parallel Lives,  is a set of biographies of great Roman and Greeks that we can learn a lot from today.

    In this conversation Caleb Ontiveros and Alex Petkas talk about characters like Marius, Cato, Sulla, and Pyrrhus. They also discuss the importance of role models and what Plutarch can teach us today.

    Learn more about Alex Petkas at his website: https://ancientlifecoach.com/alex-petkas/, follow him on Twitter: @alexpetkas [https://twitter.com/alexpetkas], and check out The Cost of Glory [https://ancientlifecoach.com/the-cost-of-glory-plutarch-podcast/]

    (1:45) About Alex

    (5:32) Why Plutarch?

    (8:03) Marius

    (19:21) Plutarch and Virtue

    (22:31) Alexander's Challenge

    (24:28) Personal Virtue vs Political Reality

    (31:30) How Alex has Applied Plutarch in His Own Life

    (36:30) Caring What Other's Think

    (37:28) The Contemplation of the Sage

    (41:13) Concluding Thoughts

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    Stoa Conversations is Caleb Ontiveros and Michael Tremblay's podcast on Stoic theory and practice.

    Caleb and Michael work together on the Stoa app. Stoa is designed to help you build resilience and focus on what matters. It combines the practical philosophy of Stoicism with modern techniques and meditation.

    Listen to more episodes and learn more here: https://stoameditation.com/blog/stoa-conversations/

    Caleb Ontiveros has a background in academic philosophy (MA) and startups. His favorite Stoic is Marcus Aurelius. Follow him here: https://twitter.com/calebmontiveros

    Michael Tremblay also has a background in academic philosophy (PhD) where he focused on Epictetus. He is also a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. His favorite Stoic is Epictetus. Follow him here: https://twitter.com/_MikeTremblay

    Thank you to Michael Levy for graciously letting us use his music in the conversations: https://ancientlyre.com/

    • 43 min
    Six Stoicisms: Modern vs Traditional Stoicism and More

    Six Stoicisms: Modern vs Traditional Stoicism and More

    In this conversation Michael and Caleb discuss six different kinds of Stoicism:

    * $toicism
    * broicism
    * stoicism (little s stoicism)
    * Traditional Stoicism
    * Academic Stoicism
    * Modern Stoicism

    Some of these are misunderstandings, or at least incomplete, other's are much more meaningful uses of the philosophy. Michael and Caleb talk about each with the aim of correctly understanding theory and determining what's useful to apply in ordinary life.



    (01:37) $toicism

    (09:17) Brocism

    (16:50) little s stoicism

    (24:17) Modern Stoicism

    (31:28) Academic Stoicism

    (40:38) Traditional Stoicism

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    Stoa Conversations is Caleb Ontiveros and Michael Tremblay's podcast on Stoic theory and practice.

    Caleb and Michael work together on the Stoa app. Stoa is designed to help you build resilience and focus on what matters. It combines the practical philosophy of Stoicism with modern techniques and meditation.

    Listen to more episodes and learn more here: https://stoameditation.com/blog/stoa-conversations/

    Caleb Ontiveros has a background in academic philosophy (MA) and startups. His favorite Stoic is Marcus Aurelius. Follow him here: https://twitter.com/calebmontiveros

    Michael Tremblay also has a background in academic philosophy (PhD) where he focused on Epictetus. He is also a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. His favorite Stoic is Epictetus. Follow him here: https://twitter.com/_MikeTremblay

    Thank you to Michael Levy for graciously letting us use his music in the conversations: https://ancientlyre.com/

    • 56 min

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