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What is Virtue in Stoicism?

Virtue is an internal character trait of a person who thinks, acts, and regards[1] only ever in appropriate ways. A virtuous person never thinks, acts, or regards in inappropriate ways. This means if a virtuous person gives to charity, they give only appropriately. If a virtuous person paints a picture, they paint only appropriately. If a virtuous person does a pushup, they do it appropriately...

Circles of concern

The ancient Stoics visualized human relationships as a set of concentric circles. Based on the teachings of Stoicism’s founder, Zeno of Citium, and later Panaetius of Rhodes, these circles were formally depicted by the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius’ contemporary Hierocles. Hierocles held that a Stoic’s relationship with others starts with the circle of the “self” and then expands into a...

Why We Started Our 365-Day Stoic Journaling Program

In our Discord community we’ve received a few questions pertaining to our Stoic Journaling program. Most frequently, that question is: why did you start this? I’ll answer that question in this post. 1. Because journaling consistently is hard We know journaling is a Stoic practice, and if Marcus Aurelius isn’t enough to convince us of that we can look to others, like Pierre Hadot who says...

12 Buddhism Wallpapers

Emma Varvaloucas (Progress Network, Tricycle Magazine) is joining our team in February. Her first episode will be featured on Saturday during the week of Valentine’s Day. In a sort of hat-tip to her and the additional perspective Emma’s weekly segments will provide to listeners of Practical Stoicism, I asked her to source a few Buddhist quotes so I could turn them into 4K desktop...

The Stoic Philosopher and the Spartan Revolution   

Imagine having once been a Stoic philosophy teacher at a really posh school for elite pupils.  You’ve written and thought about an ideal and virtuous way of life for decades.  Now, you get a request from one of your former students, now the king of Sparta, to come back to his country to redesign and revolutionize his governmental, educational, and cultural system to reflect your Stoic principles...

What Makes You A “Real” Stoic?

An “argument-in-vogue” within the broader Stoic Community seems to be that Modern Stoics aren’t technically Stoics because they reject the Stoic god; or, worded in the reverse, that Traditional Stoics are “fundamentalists” (and here, as in most spaces, that word isn’t meant kindly) and believe in an outdated “version” of Stoicism that just...

Should Stoics be Vegetarians?

As Stoics we believe there are but a few hardline truths: Virtue is the only good Living in alignment with Nature is virtuous Human beings are meant to help one another The reason there are so few edicts in Stoicism is because we Stoics believe that every decision should be carefully reasoned in realtime. Whether or not you should be a vegetarian is not a simple question to answer, nor is it a...

Practice Indifference

This is a draft excerpt from my upcoming book (co-authored with Kai Whiting) “Living Well: Stoic Ideas for a Better Life” which you can pre-register for by clicking here Inferred by the suggestion that our control in the world is limited to our individual thoughts, actions, and attitudes, seems to be an overwhelming lack of influence and power. If the limits of our control extends not...

Stoicism, Virtue, and Death

Early this morning I received an email from a listener. It struck me, after reading it, that a public response might be more useful than restricting the impact of my answer to a 1:1 email. Here are the contents of that message: Hi Tanner, so I’ve got a question regarding stoicism. We should be indifferent to anything that can make us less virtuous, but what about death? Death can kill us...