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William B. Irvine is professor of philosophy at Wright State University. The author of seven books, including A Guide to the Good Life, he has also written for the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Salon, Time, and the BBC. He lives in Dayton, Ohio.

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Musonius Rufus: Lectures and Sayings (2011) — Prefácio — 100 exemplares


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Irvine, William Braxton
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Nevada, USA



One of the best self-help texts I have read, filtered through the stories and beliefs of the stoic philosophers who worried particularly about how to live a good life.

A book I will reread and look into its sources, the psychology of life tools seem really useful for the life on this planet.
yates9 | 36 outras críticas | Feb 28, 2024 |
A very easy read. I found it very practical and did take more notes than I expected to. There are some good prescriptions in the book, esp. about framing a setback as "test from the Stoic gods", a useful fiction if I ever saw one. In terms of potential improvements, the book could have been condensed to a pamphlet or even a one-pager of the key points. Nevertheless, I would still recommend it to someone who wants a practical intro to the ideas and practice of stoicism.
tgraettinger | 6 outras críticas | Jan 25, 2024 |
A short collection of stoic philosophy on how to lead a more calm and happy life. I am a little disappointed in not getting more practical information on how to follow the stoic life, nor into the philosophical discussions of why it is important for our happiness. In retrospect it seems to be a watered down version of earlier thoughts from the author to milk some money out of a different book.
1. Avoid painful setbacks if possible.
2. Frame the setback so as not to get angry. Make it a test from God or the stoic gods.
3. Use anchors to reduce the negative emotions/thoughts. This could be worse.
4. Look for stoic adventures when you are handed adversity. Where will this lead me? Make it a game.
5. Embrace failure so as to learn not to make the same mistakes.
6. Train with minor obstacles to help you prepare for down times. Experiencing too much comfort can reduce your ability to enjoy those days of comfort and joy.
7. Use negative visualization techniques to help anchor our thoughts and enjoy what we have now. Meditate on death. Meditate this might be the last time I do this. Use prospective retrospection to know that you could be living the good life right now that your future self will want to return to.
8. Are there things unsaid or undone in your life right now? How can you tie things up to end at any moment. Seize the moment thinking.
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wvlibrarydude | 6 outras críticas | Jan 14, 2024 |
As a "philosophy of life", Stoicism has a lot to recommend it. Everyone could use a little more tranquillity in their life. I found this book fairly repetitive, but it was ultimately a good, systematic introduction to the Stoics whose philosophies are a kind of mental judo against negative emotions. Well worth consideration by anyone that might struggle with self-worth or fulfilment.
ropable | 36 outras críticas | Aug 20, 2023 |



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