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Stoicism, God and Some Consequences of Belief

The immanent God of the universe which is characteristic of Stoicism would seem to be necessarily different from the anthropomorphic God or gods one finds in most religions of the West. Some contend that two, at least, of the later Stoics--Epictetus...
by I, Ciceronianus; causidicus on Dec 5, 2016

Poe's Imp

Edgar Poe (it seems he disliked being called "Edgar Allan Poe") wrote a short story with the interesting title The Imp of the Perverse.  The narrator is a murderer who seemingly commits a murder for which he cannot be suspected, but is compelled...
by I, Ciceronianus; causidicus on Sep 2, 2016

Of "Trigger Warnings" and "Safe Spaces"

The University of Chicago has made the news because it has sent to incoming freshman a letter (how quaint!) notifying them that it doesn't favor so-called "trigger warnings" and "safe spaces."  I've heard these phrases before, and have seen them...
by I, Ciceronianus; causidicus on Aug 25, 2016

4 Pieces of Stoic Wisdom For Dealing With Negative News Media

News headlines, predominantly negative and sensational, dominate our lives. We are barraged with news information 24/7 through our smart phones, social media, TV, websites, papers, and magazines. What is the consumption of news media doing to our bra...

About Cato the Younger

Marcus Porcius Cato, called the Younger to distinguish him from his grandfather, Marcus Porcius Cato the Elder, is not an easy man to like, a grim and dour personality, but has been one that is admired.  That was the case while he was alive and...
by I, Ciceronianus; causidicus on Jun 27, 2016

Why Rushing Through Life Makes You Less Likely to Help Others

​One really daunting aspect of modern life is that we are often busy, harried, and trying to multitask. A distracted state of mind can actually be an impediment to empathy, which forms the basis of our moral convictions. Psy...

Stoic Parenting: Fertile Ground for Eudaimonia

I recently had a guest post published on the blog Stoicism Today. The piece is about using Stoic philosophy to become a better parent. ​Here is the link:Stoic Parenthood: Fertile Ground for Eudaimonia Enjoy!​Image: Credit S...

Guest Post Published at Stoicism Today

I recently had a guest post published on the blog Stoicism Today. The piece is about using Stoic philosophy to become a better parent. ​Here is the link:Stoic Parenthood: Fertile Ground for Eudaimonia Enjoy!​Image: Credit S...

Guest Post on Parenting Published

I recently had a guest post published on the blog Stoicism Today. The piece is about using Stoic philosophy to become a better parent. ​Here is the link:Stoic Parenthood: Fertile Ground for Eudaimonia Enjoy!​Image: Credit S...

What's Wrong about Rights

Legal rights are, generally, most useful and beneficial.  What we think of as rights is a relatively new development in the law.  The concept of legal or human rights (as we understand them now) seems to almost leap forth in the 18th c...
by I, Ciceronianus; causidicus on Mar 28, 2016

As Flies to Wanton Boys

The belief in a loving deity, one that created the universe and we humans, one that is good, one that responds to prayers, intervenes in the universe and our lives, has always posed a certain difficulty to any thinking person.  The difficulty ar...
by I, Ciceronianus; causidicus on Mar 21, 2016

What Does "Judeo-Christian" Mean?

We hear much in this endless presidential election, though not much of any substance.  Among the many things spoken of are Judeo-Christian values, or ethics.  They have been fodder for pandering politicians for many years, of course. ...
by I, Ciceronianus; causidicus on Feb 29, 2016

Stoicism Wisdom For Businesses

Mention Stoicism and chances are people would think you are referring to the noun form of the commonly know adjective. Tell them that Stoicism is an ancient philosophy that continues to have relevancy for our modern world, and I’m guessing you...
by Life Fails on Nov 30, 2015

Stoic Wisdom For Businesses

Mention Stoicism and chances are people would think you are referring to the noun form of the commonly know adjective. Tell them that Stoicism is an ancient philosophy that continues to have relevancy for our modern world, and I’m guessing you...
by Life Fails on Nov 30, 2015

Stoicism For Business Fails

Say Stoicism and chances are people would think you are referring to the noun form of the commonly know adjective. Tell them that Stoicism is an ancient philosophy that continues to have relevancy for our modern world, and I’m guessing you migh...
by Life Fails on Nov 30, 2015

Now, the World Really is too Much with Us

Wordsworth's poem The World is too Much with Us is I think an admirable one.  I'm afraid that I can't normally think of Wordsworth without envisioning Bullwinkle reciting "I wandered lonely as a cloud"; but I think this Romantic English poet did...
by I, Ciceronianus; causidicus on Oct 8, 2015

"A Child of the Earth and the Starry Heavens"

The words of the title of this post are the words initiates of the Orphic mysteries were taught to say when asked to identify themselves in the afterlife.  It's a rather wonderful statement, I believe; a characterization to be proud of, poetic i...
by I, Ciceronianus; causidicus on Sep 16, 2015

Preliminary Thoughts on an Ethics of Qualified Respect

I suppose I should make it clear at the outset that I refer to a practical ethics.  "Practical" of course implies an ethics which is intended to apply to the way we live.  Ethics in philosophy, unfortunately, seems to have little to do with...
by I, Ciceronianus; causidicus on Aug 12, 2015

William B. Irvine on Living Stoically

How should we live? That's one of the basic philosophical questions. The Stoics had some answers. But are these at all relevant today? William B. Irvine, along with a number of other contemporary philosophers, believes we can learn from Stoicism....
by Philosophy Bites on Jun 21, 2015

Amor Fati

It's odd that Nietzsche, who excoriated the Stoics in a frantic rant I referred to a few posts ago, referred often to amor fati,"love of fate."  He did so in such a manner as it appears to have been to him a kind of ideal state.The phrase i...
by I, Ciceronianus; causidicus on May 11, 2015


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