Episode 99: A Field Guide To A Happy Life With Massimo Pigliucci


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You're listening to the Stoic Solutions Podcast - practical wisdom for everyday life inspired by ancient philosophers of Greece and Rome. I'm your host, Justin Vacula. Visit my website at stoicsolutionspodcast.com. This is episode 99 – A Field Guide to A Happy Life with Massimo Pigliucci. In A FIELD GUIDE TO A HAPPY LIFE: 53 Brief Lessons for Living, Pigliucci brings the classic epitome of ancient Stoicism, Epictetus' Handbook, up to date. Here's a blurb from his book that matches with a conversation we had in 2020: The key to modern Stoicism, Pigliucci shows, is an emphasis on resilience and equanimity in the face of challenges and setbacks. Stoicism isn't about cultivating indifference to our social and emotional lives. It's about learning to endure life's hardships without being overwhelmed, while enjoying life's pleasures with “humility and wisdom as our guides.” If we start with the “four cardinal virtues” (Practical Wisdom, Courage, Justice, and Temperance), we will grow into more honest, courageous, fair, and mindful individuals. In A FIELD GUIDE TO A HAPPY LIFE, Pigliucci shows how cultivating a Stoic mindset can help us navigate these uncertain times. Massimo Pigliucci is the K. D. Irani Professor of philosophy at the City College of New York. The author or editor of thirteen books, he has been published in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Philosophy Now, and the Philosophers' Magazine, among others. He lives in New York City. Enjoy the conversation! Support my work through Patreon, SubscribeStar, the Cash App, and Paypal and use referral links: http://justinvacula.com/donate/ Find Justin Vacula online and listen to past content: Main website: http://www.stoicsolutionspodcast.com/ SoundCloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/justinvacula iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/stoic-philosophy/id1264404483 YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/justinvacula Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/justin-vacula/stoic-philosophy Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen?authuser&u=0#/ps/I4gq7yzmfr63glwfvin2kmciifq Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StoicSolutionsPodcast/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/StoicSolutions Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/justinvacula Music: Birds by Scandinavianz https://soundcloud.com/scandinavianz Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0 Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/Birds-Scandinavianz Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/4iknKLfV2X8 Show notes: A Field Guide to a Happy Life on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Field-Guide-Happy-Life-Lessons/dp/1541646932

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