Even amongst aretic thinkers as divergent as the Stoics and Epicureans, the linchpin to their philosophies is the pursuit of happiness. Where they differ is what happiness is, and hence the phronetic comportment to its achievement. Each in turn will speak to the virtues of the good life and their appropriation. Not at all unlike … More Disquieting Quietude
*This was first published in Philosophical Confessions, but seems more apropos to this new blog. So here I am attending to Epictetus’s Enchiridion and Nietzsche’s The Twilight of the Idols. Strangely I find solace in both these authors despite the contrariety of their underlying philosophies. Happiness, said Socrates, is the end of all human activity; no one … More Not for Reason’s Sake!
Here are the first couple of paragraphs from the Introduction to my book project; the research and motivation behind this blog! This will give you some sense of my actual esteem of Stoic thought, as well as my ultimate contention with certain underlying positions, and their implications. Enjoy! (…or maybe not) Introduction Stoicism has had … More On Why I Am Not A Stoic