Give Advice, Selectively – Letter 29

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral Letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. In letter 28 Seneca describes why giving advice is important. As long as people want to hear it. You’ve been asking how our friend Marcellinus is doing. Well, I can’t tell you. This is because Read More …

Good Character Is Invaluable – Letter 27

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral Letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. In letter 27 Seneca describes the importance of having a good character. You may ask why I’m giving you some advice, especially when I’m not perfect myself. No, before you say it, I’m not a Read More …

Reflections on Stoic Week 2015

As I worked through each day in Stoic Week 2015 I jotted down some thoughts. These were a quick and dirty stream of consciousness, my ideas and musings. The themes of each day unfolded, and I wrote. I found this exercise to be helpful in clarifying the suggested daily exercises. Reading these back, you could Read More …

Guide to the Good Life: The Art of Stoic Joy

William Irvine’s A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy (2009) is one of the best-selling and most immediately accessible introductions to Stoic philosophy. It’s one I recommend to people who are new to Stoicism and want to learn more about it. I do, however, advise you to read The Antidote by Read More …