William B. Irvine


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William B Irvine is professor of philosophy at Wright State University. The author of seven books, including A Guide to the Good Life, he has also written for the Huffington Post, Salon, Time, and the BBC. He lives in Dayton, Ohio.

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A Guide to the Good Life: T...

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The Stoic Challenge: A Phil...

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On Desire: Why We Want What...

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A Slap in the Face: Why Ins...

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Aha!: The Moments of Insigh...

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You: A Natural History

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Doing Right by Children: Re...

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Politics of Parenting

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“pay attention to your enemies, for they are the first to discover your mistakes.”
William B. Irvine, A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy

“Indeed, pursuing pleasure, Seneca warns, is like pursuing a wild beast: On being captured, it can turn on us and tear us to pieces. Or, changing the metaphor a bit, he tells us that intense pleasures, when captured by us, become our captors, meaning that the more pleasures a man captures, “the more masters will he have to serve.”
William B. Irvine, A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy

“Your primary desire, says Epictetus, should be your desire not to be frustrated by forming desires you won’t be able to fulfill.”
William B. Irvine, A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy

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