The Philosophy of Stoicism

Stoicism

Stoicism, a school of thought that flourished in Greek and Roman antiquity. It was one of the loftiest and most sublime philosophies in the record of Western civilization. In urging participation in human affairs, Stoics have always believed that the goal of all inquiry is to provide a mode of conduct characterized by tranquillity of mind and certainty of moral worth.

Encyclopedia Britannica

Stoicism is a philosophy I embraced to put my life in order and get my thoughts under control. It’s now become an integral part of my journey.

Stoicism puts your existence in perspective and introduces a world view of acceptance, peace, and understanding. It’s approach has been so effective it became the foundation for modern practices such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

It’s a philosophy designed to make us more resilient, happier, more virtuous and wise – and as a result, better people living better lives. A Stoic doesn’t control the world, but they can control how they respond to the world and their place in it.

This page is, like me, a work in progress. I encourage you to give Stoicism a chance. You can find numerous resources online and YouTube has introduction videos.

Either way, I wish you the best.

// Online Resources

Daily Stoic

Stoic wisdom for everyday life.

What Is Stoicism?

Learn to apply ancient Stoic wisdom to modern life.

Modern Stoicism

Stoic Week, Stoicon, and the Stoicism Today blog.

Articles on Stoicism

Want to be happy? Then live like a Stoic for a week Source

Five Reasons Why Stoicism Matters Today Source

Simple Guide To Stoicism — Learn Wisdom You Can Practically Use Source

9 Stoic Practices That Will Help You Thrive In The Madness Of Modernity Source

The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy: General Stoicism

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Technical Stoicism

The Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Thorough Examination os Stoicism

The one thing you can’t take away from me is the way I choose to respond to what you do to me. The last of one’s freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given circumstance.

Viktor Frankl, Austrian psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor

From Whence Stoicism Came?

Stoicism originated in ancient Greece around the 3rd century BCE, founded by a philosopher named Zeno of Citium. The name “Stoicism” comes from the Stoa Poikile (Painted Porch), a public gathering place in Athens where Zeno and his followers would meet to discuss philosophy.

Zeno was influenced by earlier Greek philosophers, particularly Socrates and the Cynics. He developed his philosophical system as a response to the ethical and existential questions of his time, seeking to provide practical guidance for living a virtuous and fulfilling life.

The Stoic philosophy was further developed and refined by subsequent philosophers, including Cleanthes and Chrysippus, who expanded upon Zeno’s original teachings. It gained popularity throughout the Hellenistic world and later became influential in Rome, where it was embraced by prominent figures such as Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius.

Stoicism continued to evolve over the centuries and has experienced revivals and adaptations in different historical periods. Despite its ancient origins, Stoic principles and practices continue to resonate with many people today, offering timeless wisdom for navigating life’s challenges with resilience, wisdom, and inner peace.