#8: Empathy vs. Rational Compassion: Part 3: Examples of Empathy Causing Harm
November 11, 2017
The arguments as to why empathy is problematic as a moral compass and ought to be replaced with ratonal compassion are not mere theoretical hair-splittings. History has actually demonstrated disasters wrought when decisions are driven by emotional empathy.
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#7: Empathy vs. Rational Compassion: Part 2: Basic Flaws in the Empathic Model of Compassion
October 13, 2017
The popular theory is that emotional empathy is the precursor to compassion as people help each other in order to avoid themselves suffering empathetic pain if they don't. However, in reality, things just don't very often work out that way.
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#6: Empathy versus Rational Compassion: Part One: What We Mean by “Empathy”
September 22, 2017
I want to discuss why society ought to encourage rational compassion rather than empathy. But before I can do that, I must clarify what "empathy" means in this discussion and why it is important to keep in mind how empathy and compassion are not the same thing.
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#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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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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Stoic Community’s Understanding of Transgender Issues Still has Ways to Go
June 1, 2017
Years after my YouTube presentation on Stoicism as a coping mechanism for trans-folk - there is much that the Stoic community doesn't understand about trans-folk and about how our noble philosophy applies to the situation of trans-folk.
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Epictetus Illustrates Dichotomy of Control in the Bathhouse
May 11, 2017
If you think it violates Stoicism to even attempt a change in the world - the Enchiridion of Epictetus includes a clear illustration of why that isn't so.
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