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

    1094. The Olympics have already started!

    1094. The Olympics have already started!

    When faced with anything painful or pleasurable, anything bringing glory or disrepute, realize that the crisis is now, that the Olympics have started, and waiting is no longer an option; that the chance for progress, to keep or lose, turns on the events of a single day.


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    1093. Homer and Chrysippus

    1093. Homer and Chrysippus

    If I admire the interpretation [of a philosophical treatise], I have turned into a literary critic instead of a philosopher, the only difference being that, instead of Homer, I’m interpreting Chrysippus.


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    1092. Don't judge others

    1092. Don't judge others

    Someone bathes in haste; don’t say he bathes badly, but in haste. Someone drinks a lot of wine; don’t say he drinks badly, but a lot. Until you know their reasons, how do you know that their actions are vicious?


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    1091. Non sequiturs

    1091. Non sequiturs

    The following are non-sequiturs: ‘I am richer, therefore superior to you’; or ‘I am a better speaker, therefore a better person, than you.’


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    1090. Every cup has two handles

    1090. Every cup has two handles

    Everything has two handles: one by which it may be borne, another by which it cannot. If your brother acts unjustly, do not lay hold on the affair by the handle of his injustice, for by that it cannot be borne, but rather by the opposite — that he is your brother, that he was brought up with you; and thus you will lay hold on it as it is to be borne.


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    1089. Of insults and logic

    1089. Of insults and logic

    Whenever anyone criticizes or wrongs you, remember that they are only doing or saying what they think is right. They cannot be guided by your views, only their own; so if their views are wrong, they are the ones who suffer insofar as they are misguided. I mean, if someone declares a true conjunctive proposition to be false, the proposition is unaffected, it is they who come off worse for having their ignorance exposed.


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408 Ratings

408 Ratings

Robert Parish ,

Philosophy as a way of life

If you are new to this podcast, be sure to check out the entire series over time. It’s been very helpful to me in sorting out seemingly contradictory values, giving me useful tools to live a better life. This isn’t about “life hacks”, it’s about developing a discipline through practice

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Best ever

JJRROMI ,

Excellent!

Gracie Massimo for this well thought podcast in miniature! As a child of the military I always knew I was uptight, but I didn’t know that was different from being stoic. Thanks to you and your Great Course, I see the overlap where it exists and see it in myself. I have only one criticism: your speed of talking is a bit hard to follow— but it does make one listen more carefully than perhaps usual, so maybe there is method in that! 😎 Thank you for bringing this Italian wisdom to us!!

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