909 episodes

Occasional reflections on the wisdom of Ancient Greek and Roman philosophers with Prof. Massimo Pigliucci. Complete index by author and source at https://philosophyasawayoflife.blog/stoic-podcast/. (cover art by Marek Škrabák; original music by Ian Jolin-Rasmussen).

Stoic Meditations Massimo Pigliucci

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    • 4.8 • 371 Ratings

Occasional reflections on the wisdom of Ancient Greek and Roman philosophers with Prof. Massimo Pigliucci. Complete index by author and source at https://philosophyasawayoflife.blog/stoic-podcast/. (cover art by Marek Škrabák; original music by Ian Jolin-Rasmussen).

    909. The world is regulated by cause and effect

    909. The world is regulated by cause and effect

    Nothing has happened which was not bound to happen, and, likewise, nothing is going to happen which will not find in nature every efficient cause of its happening.

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    908. Socrates' daimon

    908. Socrates' daimon

    Quintus, Cicero's brother, mentions Socrates' famous daimon as evidence of divine influence. But it is more likely that Socrates himself simply meant the concept as a way to represent his conscience.

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    907. Two problems with Stoicism

    907. Two problems with Stoicism

    Cicero makes reference to two problems, as we moderns may see them, with Stoic philosophy: the notion of an intelligence permeating the universe, and the idea that the body is a drag on the mind.

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    906. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence

    906. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence

    Quintus, Cicero's brother, relies on other people's testimony to establish the reality of divination. But as his brother, David Hume, and Carl Sagan observed, that sort of evidence is insufficient to establish his extraordinary claim.

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    905. Epicurus was right after all!

    905. Epicurus was right after all!

    Quintus, Cicero's brother, delivers yet another fallacious argument in defense of divination, one that implies that Epicurus got at least one thing right, despite how much Cicero obviously didn't like him or his philosophy.

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    904. The argument from celebrity

    904. The argument from celebrity

    Quintus, Cicero's brother, puts forth yet another bad argument in favor of divination, one that unfortunately is still used by many today: if celebrity so-and-so says X, then X must be true...

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371 Ratings

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Stoic Meditations

This is an excellent podcast. Listening to every episode.

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Love this

Digestible yet profound bites of philosophy. Small enough to be consumed over your morning coffee, but thought-provoking enough to reflect on all day. Good, sound, actionable meditation.

Mckenna Layne ,

Best stoicism podcast

Most of the others have pretty insufferable hosts so this is by far my favorite.

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