#5: Stoicism – Personal Power for Transgender Folk
September 8, 2017
One group of people for whom Stoicism can be a very powerful philosophy is those, such as myself, who are on the transgender spectrum.
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#4 Locus of Control – The Onion Will Model
September 1, 2017
In the ancient Stoic texts, the only things mentioned as being beyond our control are things outside of the mind. However, modern understanding requires us to accept that even some things within our mind aren't ours to command. The best way to reconcile this knowledge with the essentials of Stoicism involves visualizing the Locus of Control as being an onion - that meaning that it has layers.
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Podcast Episode Delayed
August 25, 2017

Due to unexpected circumstances, the podcast episode scheduled for August 25 was not completed on time. As a result, it’s release is delayed one week to 10am US Eastern Time on Friday, September 1, 2017. The week following that, the podcast will resume its normal schedule of 10am US Eastern Time on the second and … Continue reading “Podcast Episode Delayed”

#3: Don’t Mistake Stoic Realism for Idealism
August 11, 2017
While people who don't understand Stoicism or the Stoic mindset might confuse a Stoic with an idealist - in reality, a well-trained Stoic is not that at all, but the ultimate realist.
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Philadelphia Stoic Thoughts on Hiatus
July 20, 2017
This site's podcast, Philadelphia Stoic Thoughts, had to go on hiatus for unexpected reasons - but will be back on August 11, 2017 at it's new regular time, Friday Morning at 10am US Eastern.
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What If You Die Tonight?
July 6, 2017
Much like the Samurai of feudal Japan - the Stoics of ancient Greece and Rome realized that the eventuality of our deaths isn't something to hide from - but something that we should stare right in the face.
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Stoicism in the Age of Science
June 29, 2017
While ancient Stoics no doubt held some views that are at odds with modern science, proper understanding of Stoicism requires that we differentiate the actual principles of the philosophy from context-specific influences in the ancient writings. Upon doing this, we are left with a philosophy that is not only consistent with sicence - but indespensible in the modern scientifically-informed world.
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Don’t Leave Out the Neutral Indifferents
June 22, 2017
Every time someone writes that the "indifferents" in Stoicism are either "preferred" or "dispreferred", they underestimate how problematic it is that they neglect to mention a third category of indifferents - those that I would call "neutral".
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Changes in Sophia’s Virtual Stoa
June 19, 2017
In order to diversify the subject-areas covered by this blog without clogging your feed with unwanted, irrelevant stuff - this blog will undergo a few structural changes.
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Epictitus Shows us How to Stand Up to Hate Speech Without Compromising our Resilience to Insults
June 15, 2017
While the Stoic advice to embrace insults may seem at times to put us in conflict with our obligation to stand up to societal injustice, Epictetus gives us a great way to resolve this dilemma.
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