#9: A Stoic Thanksgiving with the Emperor Marcus Aurelius
November 23, 2017
Though you may not realize it, Thanksgiving Day can be a very Stoic holiday. The Emperor Marcus Aurelius shows us how this can be.
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#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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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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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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A Glimpse into the Philadelphia Ethical Society
June 8, 2017
An interview with the Leader of the Philadelphia Ethical Society sheds light into a movement that some interpret as an alternative religion, and which others interpret as an alternative to religion altogether.
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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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Stoicism and AD(H)D – from a Stoic who Actually Has AD(H)D
May 4, 2017
Any illusion that AD(H)D presents a problem for Stoicism dissolves when you learn to see AD(H)D for what it really is, and stop taking for granted things that aren't truly yours.
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Importance of the Art of Teaching Stoicism
March 7, 2017
Stoic philosophy is all about the art of living virtuously one's self. However, the art of training another to do so, while definitely not an inherent part of Stoic philosophy itself, is something that the Stoic community would do well to also cultivate.
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