A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy

Category: Philosophy
Author: William B. Irvine
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by In_der_Tat   2019-07-21

>the guy that wants to sing kumbaya with the trees and whales

Good one.

>So yeah, how can I not let their comments get to me?

Try with this and this.

by of_the_fog   2019-07-21

These books helped me:

  • A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient art of Stoic Joy
  • Art of Happiness
by ericskiff   2019-07-12
If you're interested in this topic, I highly recommend William Irvine's "A guide to the good life: the ancient art of stoic joy"

https://www.amazon.com/Guide-Good-Life-Ancient-Stoic/dp/1522...

Its treatment of modern stoicism is uplifting, and I found that the overall philosophy (and even just the practice of having a set of values and philosophy) matched my personal beliefs well and gave me new tools to use.

Overall - Stoicism as it was taught by Epictetus is more about freeing yourself from desire for things and the fear of losing them, and not about giving up all worldly things (that's Asceticism)

I appreciate that the Stoic teachings allow for enjoyment of life and its fruits when that enjoyment is bounded by the good of "community feeling" or love for your common man. If the 80's "greed is good" movement had had a "but try to lift up others and don't be a dick", it may have been a more sustainable culture, and I hope that those of us disrupting things and building new systems figure out how to create societal benefits as well as wealth.

by teekert   2017-08-19
Does the work of the stoics make you laugh and speed your eyes over their witty pages and puns? I also liked "a guide to the good life" [0], but the Subtle art is a much easier and lighter read.

[0] https://www.amazon.com/Guide-Good-Life-Ancient-Stoic/dp/1522...