El arte de la buena vida: Un camino hacia la alegría estoica
Uno de los grandes temores al que muchos de nosotros nos enfrentamos es descubrir al final que hemos desperdiciado nuestra vida, a pesar de todos nuestros esfuerzos. En El arte de la buena vida, William B. Irvine explora la sabiduría de la filosofía estoica, una de las escuelas de pensamiento más populares y exitosas de la antigua Roma, y muestra cómo sus ideas y consejos...more
There will be—or already has been!—a last time in your life that you brush your teeth, cut your hair, drive a car, mow the lawn, or play hopscotch.
In my review of Feeling Good, a self-help book, I noted the lack of practical philosophies in the modern world. Far from an original insight, I now see that this idea is a relatively common criticism of contemporary education and modern philosophy. The other day, for example, I stumbled upon a YouTube channel, the School of Life, an educational ...more
What this book is about: The author William Irvine who is a professor of philosophy at Wright State University after having read through many philosophy schools from Zen Buddhist to Cynics and Stoics has come into conclusion that living a stoic life is worth pursuing due to its promising benefit which is tranquility and joy. He has thus compiled ...more
Nor would it satisfy those looking for a clear and concise description of Stoic psychological techniques or 'exercises': for that, one might turn to "Stoic Spiritual Exercises" by Elen Buzare.
However, the book may be of interest to those seeking an easy-to-digest introductory exposition of ...more
A nice introduction to Stoic philosophy, for the general public, in the style of a self-help book written in an analytic philosophical style. This is not a good book if you are looking for an in depth analysis of the various Stoic philosophers and their writings.
I think this would be best suited to those who are attracted in developing a "philosophy of life" and not sure how to go about it, and are interested in learning more abut Stoicism. It offers an excellent starting ...more
Academic life often leads people in unexpected directions. William Irvine is Professor of Philosophy at Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio. After receiving his PhD from UCLA in 1980, Irvine taught and practiced analytic philosophy for many years before gradually losing interest in it as overly technical and removed from life. Irvine looked for other philosophical and personal options and came close to adopting a Zen Buddhist practice. He ultimately rejected Zen ...more
Appreciate what you have (negative visualization)
Focus on what you can control (dichotomy/trichotomy of control) and do not concern yourself with things that are actually irrelevant (who invited you where, who complimented or insulted you)
Ask yourself, are you living by your values, not are you succeeding by someone else's (misguided) measures of success (wealth, material things, status symbols)
Practice poverty, discomfort, challenge... ...more
This was a very enjoyable and accessible book on Stoicism. The author describes himself as a "congenital Stoic," i.e. one whose mind is naturally in accordance with many aspects of Stoic philosophy, and I think I could be described as the same (thus my interest in reading this). For anyone who is interested, I also highly recommend some of the primary sources: the "Handbook" of Epictetus and the "Meditations" of Marcus Aurelius. They are very accessible ...more
First, this book is wonderfully layman friendly. He doesn't use the exact Greek and Roman terms. He doesn't discuss apatheia, prohairesis, and sunkatathesis. Dr. Irvine discusses tranquility, virtue, and reason. Dr. ...more
After a brief history of the movement and its major exponents (Seneca, Epictetus, Musonius, Marcus Aurelius), the author interprets the stoic teachings turning them into suggestions to be applied to modern lives. Although it gives ...more
I was all onboard with this book until some of the specifics. The uncited claims about human beings' relationship with sex were quite strange, but that could be overlooked.
It was when the author began to talk about insults in regards to the disadvantaged (putting the term in quotation marks no less, so as to invalidate the idea that these ...more
Some of the things I started implementing in my life are:
1) Negative visualization. By thinking about how things can go bad in your life, you'll appreciate the moments when they are not.
2) Projective visualization, to imagine what you would do if this same thing happened to someone else. This allows you to step outside of your own ego.
I agree on what it's in the book, that negative visualisation, how to react to criticism etc.
If you looking for something that can provide guidance or even a template of what we can do to have a better life, this book might be for you. keep in mind that not ...more
A Guide to the Good Life is a modern rehabilitation of ancient Stoic philosophy. It is at once a history and survey of Stoic philosophy and an attempt to adapt it to modern times, trying to answer the question, “How should I live?” I read it when it was first published in 2009 and recently went back to see if it still resonates with me today. I was pleasantly surprised by how much of Stoicism seems a matter of course to me ...more
These words, I think, encapsulate a great deal of Stoic ethos. Our enjoyment of the things we have and our anxiety over their possible loss, our desire for what we want and our grief when we lose what we cherish, cover a large spectrum of human emotion. Yet the Stoics argued, words and thoughts like these when pondered can help us enjoy what little we ...more
The main goal of a stoic life is acquiring and maintaining tranquility. It's specifically not about pursuing and fulfilling your desires. This is, according to stoics, a dead end, ...more
Read it first time 4 years ago, and definitely was worth the full re-read now again.
Many insights around groundless fear, building character, life purpose, pointless pursuit of fame, luxury and desires and much more that I needed a refresher in.
I also feel that the many insights applies at different points in our lives, and as such I saw many of the techniques and much of the advice in a whole new light given my experiences over the last 4 years.
Resulted in a huge mindmap and tons ...more
- Negatively visualize: imagine losing something.
- Negatively retrospectively visualize: imagine never having had something I lost.
- Have I been careful to internalize my goals?
- Have I paid attention to the future and refrained from dwelling on the past?
- Have I been practicing self-denial?
- Have I been ...more