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Stoic Meditations

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Occasional reflections on the wisdom of Ancient Greek and Roman philosophers. More at https://massimopigliucci.com. Please consider supporting Stoic Meditations. (cover art by Marek Škrabák; original music by Ian Jolin-Rasmussen, www.jolinras.info). Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Occasional reflections on the wisdom of Ancient Greek and Roman philosophers. More at https://massimopigliucci.com. Please consider supporting Stoic Meditations. (cover art by Marek Škrabák; original music by Ian Jolin-Rasmussen, www.jolinras.info). Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

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Occasional reflections on the wisdom of Ancient Greek and Roman philosophers. More at https://massimopigliucci.com. Please consider supporting Stoic Meditations. (cover art by Marek Škrabák; original music by Ian Jolin-Rasmussen, www.jolinras.info). Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

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English


Episodes

Do not support leaders who drag their office into the mud

8/3/2020
Seneca issues a stern reminder to Nero about the responsibilities of government. It can all too easily be applied today. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:31

War is cruelty on a massive scale

7/31/2020
Seneca warns that the cruelty of people in charge of government can have massive consequences. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:28

When you hurt others, you hurt yourself

7/30/2020
Seneca reminds Nero, and us, that not doing the right thing is first and foremost injurious to ourselves. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:37

Seneca and the Peter Parker principle

7/29/2020
With great power comes great responsibility, as both Seneca and Spider-Man agree. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:48

Let us err on the side of clemency

7/28/2020
Seneca makes an epistemic argument to convince us that it is better to err on the side of clemency, rather than punishment. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:42

Clemency helps the innocent and the virtuous

7/27/2020
Seneca makes an argument in favor of a broad conception of clemency, not just on behalf of the guilty, but of the innocent and the virtuous. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:53

Is Nero going to "forget" his character?

7/24/2020
Seneca flatters Nero at the same time as he issues veiled threats to the new emperor, in case he steers from the right path. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:31

Seneca offers himself as a mirror for Nero's soul

7/23/2020
We begin the study of the controversial On Clemency, through which Seneca tried to steer Nero's course for the good of the Roman people. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:03:04

Overcome your fear of death and you will be free and powerful

7/22/2020
Epictetus and Seneca agree: our own death is the ultimate test of our character, and philosophy is a long journey to prepare us for it. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:49

What is and is not up to us

7/21/2020
'What then, if I fall ill?' You shall bear illness well. 'Who shall tend me?' God, and your friends. 'I shall lie on a hard bed.' But you can do it like a man. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:51

Consider how much control you have, and what follows from that

7/20/2020
When you think about it, it turns out that we have far less control over things and people than we think, and therefore far less blame. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:46

You can get better immediately, it's up to you

7/17/2020
Epictetus says that our moral improvement is not like the Olympic Games: when we fail, we can resume immediately, not having to wait four years. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:44

If you are in Gyara, live as one who is in Gyara

7/16/2020
Epictetus advises us to live the life we have, in the place we are, rather than indulge in regret for what we may have lost. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:47

How to practice and what to practice

7/15/2020
Epictetus gives us a very practical pointer about how to incorporate Stoic precepts in our lives. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:35

Do not wish for figs in winter

7/14/2020
There is a proper time for everything, including enjoying your loved ones. Keep it in mind, before they're gone. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:48

Stoics have a duty to work toward social and political change

7/13/2020
Epictetus tells us what happens when a person is truly free. Tyrants begin to tremble. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:41

Why should we be good?

7/10/2020
At Olympia you do not want anything else; you are content to have been crowned at Olympia. Does it seem to you so small and worthless a thing to be noble and good and happy? --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:36

Enjoy figs in the summer, don't wish for them in the winter

7/9/2020
How can you wish at the same time to grow old and not to see the death of any that you love? --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:30

Practicing philosophy is like going to the doctor's office

7/8/2020
Friends, the school of a philosopher is a hospital. When you leave, you should have suffered, not enjoyed yourself. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:24

Focus on the deed, not the praise

7/7/2020
‘He’s a clever young man and a fan of rhetoric.’ ‘How do you know?’ ‘He praises me.’ Oh, well, that proves it, of course. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:37