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Publisher's Summary

An engaging guide to how Stoicism - the ancient philosophy of Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius - can provide lessons for living in the modern world

Whenever we worry about what to eat, how to love, or simply how to be happy, we are worrying about how to lead a good life. No goal is more elusive. In How to Be a Stoic, philosopher Massimo Pigliucci offers Stoicism, the ancient philosophy that inspired the great emperor Marcus Aurelius, as the best way to attain it. Stoicism is a pragmatic philosophy that teaches us to act depending on what is within our control and separate things worth getting upset about from those that are not. By understanding Stoicism, we can learn to answer crucial questions. Should we get married or divorced? How should we bank in a world nearly destroyed by a financial crisis? How can we survive great personal tragedy? Whoever you are, Stoicism has something for you - and How to Be a Stoic is your essential guide.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Massimo Pigliucci (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"This is a lucid, engaging, and persuasive book about what it means to pursue Stoic ideals in the here and now. Massimo Pigliucci's imaginary conversations with Epictetus carry the reader effortlessly along while grounding the discussion firmly in the ancient Stoic tradition-and in his own life experience. The result is a compelling picture of a Stoic way of life that is consistent with contemporary science and philosophy, and is both eminently ethical and down-to-earth practical. It will be inviting to Stoics and non-Stoics alike who are willing to reason together seriously about how (and why) to be a modern Stoic." (Lawrence C. Becker, author of A New Stoicism)
"If you want to learn the ways of Stoicism, and you're living in the 21st century, this should be one of the first books you read. Massimo has written a fine primer for the aspiring Marcus Aurelius." (Donald J. Robertson, author of The Philosophy of CBT and Stoicism and the Art of Happiness)
"In this thought-provoking book, Massimo Pigliucci shares his journey of discovering the power of Stoic practices in a philosophical dialogue with one of Stoicism's greatest teachers." (Ryan Holiday, best-selling author of The Obstacle Is the Way and The Daily Stoic)

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  • 10-18-17

Wonderful!

What a fantastic insight into the authors interpretation of stoicism and practice! Written in a way that is easy to understand and apply to ones life. The narration is very well done and pleasing to listen to.

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A great start to the way

The author admits that people who make stoicism a part of their personal philosophies study the writings of ancient and modern Stoics. I left this book wanting to fully explore it, but also needing a little more than I got from this book. Perhaps that was his point. I would like to find writings by non philosophers (some he suggests in the book and pdf notes that come with the audio book) because sometimes things got a little sophist... Again, which may have been his point.

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Go to the original works instead

It was difficult to glean insights into stoicism through the narration. Clearly mismatched for the content.

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Needs editing. Wordy. Almost like a diary. Too much filler.

The author wraps nice discussion of stoicism with ramblings about this and that and too many personal stories. Almost like a professor trying to publish a long book.

Disappointing after a Guide to The Good Life and reading Epictitus directly.

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  • Kevin
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  • 06-12-18

Great insight into Stoicism

I had been introduced to Stoicism by a reading of Marcus Aurelias’ Meditations. This book was on the recommended list following that one, so I decided to give it a listen.

The author does a good job explaining the concept of Stoicism from the view point of Epictetus, framing his writing as a back and forth conversation with the greek philosopher. I found the explanations and insights very helpful in my Stoic journey. The inclusion of thoughts from the mystic to the pure rational and everything in between made for some good mind exercises.

The reader of this book presented it well and did the content justice. I will likely listen to this multiple times to continue my journey.

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Stoic philosophy is so miss understood

This book really helped me understand stoic philosophy and realize how prevailent it is in the world.

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  • JD
  • 06-06-18

A good primer on the practice of stoicism

This work is worth your time if you're interested in stoicism.

It features excellent narration.

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put off at first

at first I was put off by some of the beginning but it was just my ego.

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very informative & easy to understand

If you're interested in learning about Stoicism, this is a great modern read from an expert

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Lots of great quotes and stories

Great book with a lot of insight into stoicism. The author did a great job of sticking to the topics and explaining the misconceptions of living a stoic life.