La Mettrie’s Anti-Seneca

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La Mettrie’s Anti-Seneca

La Mettrie’s Anti-Seneca

    Intro The philosopher physician returns and this time he brings his own ethics on happiness. However, his ethics sharply contrasts with that of the stoics putting forward hedonism over virtue (but not over the pleasure derived from collecting new knowledge it must be said). First published in 1748, while shacking up at Fredrick’s court, Anti-Seneca had gone through many revisions, rewritten many times by La Mettrie for the purpose of perfecting his morality drawn from his own interpretation of materialism. As is typical with our darling philosopher physician, contention, controversy and condemnation trails not far behind him with

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Comicus Muo vs The Death Penalty…

Comicus Muo vs The Death Penalty…

With a little help from Marcus Aurelius… I like to think of myself as a modern-day stoic, I like the idea that we can live for virtue, or more simply put that we can resolve to do the right thing at the right time as often as circumstances allow.   A virtuous life is indeed a good life, all of us have an innate understanding of virtue, (the correct way to act).  Virtue is its own reward and in order to improve ourselves over time we must embrace virtue and avoid it’s opposite (namely vice). “Waste no more time arguing

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Introduction to Stoicism

Introduction to Stoicism

Introduction to Stoic Philosophy I’d like to take a few minutes of your time to introduce you to Stoic Philosophy. It’s Stoic because we talk about the non-physical mind and an ancient set of beliefs that have for most of our pre-enlightenment history been regarded as forgotten truths not commonly shared with everyone… You see it’s like this. Every problem that we as human beings might encounter has at some time or another happened to others in enough numbers that a few of those people have been mindful enough to record a solution that we can use to help us

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Then I will be happy! Fame and being Insulted

Then I will be happy! Fame and being Insulted

    I wrote this article about three miscellaneous themes we encounter in life. Namely, goal directed behaviour (then I will be happy), fame and being at the receiving end of insults. In addition with some stoic psychology thrown in the mix the purpose is to raise awareness and gain greater understanding of these themes so that we gain apathia or freedom from afflictive emotions (pathos).     Goal Directed Behaviour Just like a Roman senator who thinks “when my service to Rome is finished I will retire to my countryside villa, then I will be happy” the modern individual

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Why I love Stoicism

Why I love Stoicism

We’ve already mentioned in some of our other articles on this site that to live for pleasure alone is probably not a good life.  It’s ironic that the pursuit of happiness can lead you to places that are not very happy at all. The stoic will see happiness as the necessary byproduct of something else, namely virtue.  The opportunity to practice virtue in your daily life, to measure your own mind, to take time out for introspection so that you can clearly see your own flaws and formulate a plan to deal with them so that you can in turn

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Time Gives No Refunds!

Time Gives No Refunds!

This article is concerned with the theme of time as an important commodity. With an analysis of Seneca’s ‘On Saving Time’ a short letter to Lucilius, Seneca’s friend. I pick out statements from the letter and give my own commentary on them with a conclusion at the end of the article to finish off. Feel free to comment!     “Continue to act thus, my dear Lucilius – set yourself free for your own sake; gather and save your time, which till lately has been forced from you, or filched away, or has merely slipped from your hands” -Seneca Seneca

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11 ways to banish anxiety and Live each day as a separate life.

11 ways to banish anxiety and Live each day as a separate life.

“Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life.” ― Seneca This is a wonderful quote from a wonderful philosopher, variations of it have been uttered many times, by many people down the centuries since the days of Rome so much so that it’s synonyms have become pop culture favorites of celebs, writers and pseudo-intellectuals (like me) that usually say something along the lines of… ‘Live each day as if it is your last, you never know, you might be right…’ Variations of the above quote exist everywhere from those black framed and mounted motivational

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Seneca on Suffering, Wisdom and Adversity…

Seneca on Suffering, Wisdom and Adversity…

The meaning of life. As we’ve previously mentioned in other articles for there to be a meaning of life (as opposed to the meaning you may choose to give your own life) it has to meet the following criteria to be true… CUOT It has to be compulsory, universal (applicable to everyone) and obvious, so obvious in fact that there wouldn’t even be a question as to the meaning of life, everyone would know why we exist and understand our role is in the grand scheme of things making it unquestionably true. Lots of people may tell you what they

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Seneca on the Happy Life.

Seneca on the Happy Life.

“For what prevents us from saying that the happy life is to have a mind that is free, lofty, fearless and steadfast – a mind that is placed beyond the reach of fear, beyond the reach of desire, that counts virtue the only good, baseness the only evil, and all else but a worthless mass of things, which come and go without increasing or diminishing the highest good, and neither subtract any part from the happy life nor add any part to it? A man thus grounded must, whether he wills or not, necessarily be attended by constant cheerfulness and

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Use your privilege, a modern stoic concept…

Use your privilege, a modern stoic concept…

“Nobody is born on purpose,” at least that’s what Morty said to Summer in my favourite contemporary cartoon series, and so it goes that nobody has any control over the circumstances surrounding their birth or the conditions that they were born into. Whether you are born into luxury with a silver spoon in your mouth or born into poverty with a plastic spoon in your mouth or spoonless extreme poverty is just a roll of the cosmic dice that none of us has any control over whatsoever, so why worry about it all you might ask? “Contented poverty is an

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