The ancient philosophy of Stoicism can still direct to lead a good life, even today. Philosopher William B. Irvine offers us a refreshing look at a school of thought that teaches the importance of tranquility.
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Recent philosophical debate on war has focused on the idea that you don’t just have to fight by the rules; you also have to be fighting in a just cause. But does this ignore much of the moral context of a soldier’s life. What binds comrades in arms together? What about stress and what about grief, and what does the ancient Roman philosophy of Stoicism have to tell us about it?
Melvyn Bragg explores Stoicism, the most influential philosophy in the Ancient World. With Jonathan Ree, Angie Hobbs and David Sedley.
Stoicism has made its impact through the centuries. Great leaders have turned to the rational mindset espoused by the third century philosopher Zeno of Citium as a means of controlling their emotions. However, according to a new book by philosopher William B. Irvine, Stoicism has much to offer twenty-first century seekers of tranquility. And it’s not all seriousness. WFIU’s Adam Schwartz spoke with Irvine who explains his theory in A Guide to the Good Life: The Art of Stoic Joy.