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Title:
A guide to the good life : the ancient art of Stoic joy
Author:
Irvine, William Braxton, 1952-
Publication Information:
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
Physical Description:
xii, 314 pages ; 19 cm
Summary:
"In A Guide to the Good Life, Irvine offers a refreshing presentation of Stoicism, showing how this ancient philosophy can still direct us toward a better life. Using the psychological insights and the practical techniques of the Stoics, Irvine offers a road map for anyone seeking to avoid the feelings of chronic dissatisfaction that plague so many of us. Irvine looks at various Stoic techniques for attaining tranquility and shows how to put these techniques to work in our own life. As he does so, he describes his own experiences practicing Stoicism and offers valuable firsthand advice for anyone wishing to live better by following in the footsteps of these ancient philosophers. We learn how to minimize worry, how to let go of the past and focus on the things we can control, and how to deal with insults, grief, old age, and the distracting temptations of fame and fortune. We learn from Marcus Aurelius the importance of prizing only things of true value, and from Epictetus we learn how to be more content with what we have." "Finally, A Guide to the Good Life shows us how to become thoughtful observers of our own lives. If we watch ourselves as we go about our daily business and later reflect on what we saw, we can better identify the sources of distress and eventually avoid that pain. By doing this, the Stoics thought, we can hope to attain a truly joyful life."--Jacket.
Language:
English
Contents:
Acknowledgments -- Introduction : a plan for living -- pt. 1. The rise of stoicism -- 1. Philosophy takes an interest in life -- 2. The first stoics -- 3. Roman stoicism -- pt. 2. Stoic psychological techniques -- 4. Negative visualization : what's the worst that can happen? -- 5. The dichotomy of control : on becoming invincible -- 6. Fatalism : letting go of the past ... and the present -- 7. Self-denial : on dealing with the dark side of pleasure -- 8. Meditation : watching ourselves practice stoicism -- pt. 3. Stoic advice -- 9. Duty : on loving mankind -- 10. Social relations : on dealing with other people -- 11. Insults : on putting up with put-downs -- 12. Grief : on vanquishing tears with reason -- 13. Anger : on overcoming anti-joy -- 14. Personal values : on seeking fame -- 15. Personal values : on luxurious living -- 16. Exile : on surviving a change of place -- 17. Old age : on being banished to a nursing home -- 18. Dying : on a good end to a good life -- 19. On becoming a stoic : start now and prepare to be mocked -- pt. 4. Stoicism for modern lives -- 20. The decline of stoicism -- 21. Stoicism reconsidered -- 22. Practicing stoicism -- A stoic reading program -- Notes -- Works cited -- Index.
ISBN:
9780195374612
Format :
Book

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