Marble heads of four philosophers in the British Museum. From foreground: Socrates, Antisthenes, Chrysippos and Epicurus.
Pierre Hadot sees philosophy as a guide to improving our contemporary lives.
‘All things are possible,’ Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters said of the message contained in the band’s eighth album, ‘Dark Side of the Moon.’
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Stoicism can easily be misread as pessimistic because of its relentless focus on mortality and fragility. But its core message – contained in songs spanning generations – is profoundly empowering.
Western thinkers have long valued time alone as a form of inner rejuvenation. Here, then, are four benefits to solitude.
Melbourne’s State Library under lockdown. The wisdom of Seneca can help us through this difficult time.
The Roman Stoic Seneca is the author of many letters and dialogues that can help us overcome adversity.
A statue of Marcus Aurelius in Rome’s Piazza del Campidoglio.
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The Meditations, by Stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelius, has been described as an ageless, secular gospel. Written in a time of pandemic, it speaks powerfully to us today.
The statue of Marcus Aurelius Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome.
A philosopher explains how to learn from the stoicism of Roman philosophers to cope with present-day troubles.
Marcus Aurelius (121-180CE) was emperor of Rome at the height of its influence and power. One can only imagine the pressures that a person in his position might have experienced. The military might of…