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Meditations on Self-Discipline and Failure: Stoic Exercise for Mental Fitness

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A collection of meditations in the Stoic tradition. Meditations on Self-Discipline and Failure provides access to the ruminations, practices, and applications of ancient Stoic philosophy as deployed by a contemporary professional philosopher with twenty five years of experience teaching, researching, and publishing articles in academic journals. Each meditation is presente ...more
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Published October 27th 2017 by O Books
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William Ferraiolo
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well...I may be a bit biased. 😏
Chris Tygesen
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A digitized ARC of this book was provided to the reviewer by the author, in exchange for an honest review.

In writing this book Dr. Ferraiolo has clearly walked the hard road of Epictetus and his philosophical descendant Marcus Aurelius. Like Marcus, Dr. Ferraiolo wrote his Meditations for himself primarily. But where Marcus was writing only “ta eis heauton” (to himself), Dr. Ferraiolo has deliberately chosen to share these Stoic exercises with the rest of us. What you get is in the tradition of
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James Writtenhouse
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I was a given a review copy of Meditations in exchange for a honest review.

I have been an avid follower of Stoicism for quite some time and have taken great delight in reading classics like the original Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, Enchiridion, and Moral Letters to Lucilius by Seneca.

Meditations on Self-Discipline and Failure draws inspiration from the original Meditations and within it's pages, we are given the rare opportunity to see William's internal dialogue.

William hits o
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SarahJaneSmith
A digitized ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

There are certainly some thoughts in this book that resonated with me and gave me good food for thought. But I didn't particularly enjoy this book. At first I was really looking forward to reading it, as I particularly wanted to explore the differences and similarities between Stoicism and Buddhism.
After some pages it seemed like the meditations represented in this book were recapitulated a
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Will Simpson
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-again
This book is written in the style of Marcus Aurelius's Meditations. Both that book and this one are rocket fuel and show me my short comings and where I can work on my mental fitness and ‘adulting’.
I get a real sense that these meditations are “self talk”. Written with the intention of encouraging one self. Pointing out clumsiness and blindness to reality. Written in the style where the adult “me” is mentoring a troubled and confused “me”. Not meant for consumption by anyone else. And why wou
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Charles Chettiar
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Come back to ground book

A very self depreciating book. When you want to be reminded of your mortality and humanity pick up this book.
Bruce
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read it in one day and slept 12 hours that night (never do that) so what does that mean? I think I was relieved that someone else is perplexed by as many rules as I am. As the reader, I had to remind myself that the author is talking to himself. This is what he thinks he should be doing and not doing. He gives assent to God while not being certain that God exists. It doesn't make sense to me to use the Bible for counsel when you're still trying to figure out if its author is fact or fiction. T ...more
Aaron
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An outstanding read. While some may find elements of the text provocative, Dr Ferraiolo touches on some truths people may not want to read. At the end of the day as long as a book can impact the reader in some way and that individual makes their own inferences then it has arguably achieved its objective, this text had a profound impact on myself and will be re-read for years to come. Do yourself a favour and absorb the contents then take away your own learnings. Thank you Dr Ferraiolo for a memo ...more
kevin brown
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Book



A great book to reflect on and often gives you difficult questions, be honest and it'll be a great read
Tony Winyard
Aug 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
If you are into the school of philosophy known as Stoicism and hoping this book will further your knowledge you should be aware of reviews from some prominent philosophers/authors in the field of Stoicism today. Here is an extremely indepth review from Donald Robertson:
http://donaldrobertson.name/2018/08/1...
and here is a review from Massimo Pigliucci:
https://www.patreon.com/posts/beware-...
Jake Loggins
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic!

Mr. Ferraiolo does not waste time with his writing.
Like a razor, this book cuts directly at the source, leaving only wisdom.
Betty
May 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Thought provoking, but also needlessly harsh. If you’re in a depressed mood, this will probably make it worse. On the other hand, it does serve to shake you out of complacency.
Eruch
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A real paradigm on the self-help genre. Puts practicality in the right lens of perceptive A very much useful yet (to some, perhaps) harsh book of sorts that is to be kept close as a reminder of how to remain sane in our chaotic world. Each page riddles with instances that I resonated with greatly and I continually found myself writing over what Ferraiolo made note of (several relevant topics of self) that has helped me better understand my emotional state and the world around me.

Definitely a wor
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