Massimo Pigliucci: Mastering Life with Stoicism – From Core Principles to Modern Challenges & Personal Growth

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In this enlightening episode, I sit down with Massimo Pigliucci and we dive into the ancient philosophy of Stoicism, uncovering its timeless wisdom and exploring its practical applications in today’s world.

Massimo shares his expert insights, personal experiences, and thoughtful guidance on how Stoicism can help us navigate modern complexities with grace and virtue. Whether you’re a long-time Stoic enthusiast or new to the philosophy, this episode is a treasure trove of wisdom for anyone seeking to enhance their personal growth and well-being.

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About the guest-

Massimo Pigliucci is an author, blogger, podcaster, as well as the K.D. Irani Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York. His academic work is in evolutionary biology, philosophy of science, the nature of pseudoscience, and practical philosophy. Massimo publishes regular columns in Skeptical Inquirer and in Philosophy Now. His books include How to Be a Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life and Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk. Massimo’s latest book is The Quest for Character: What the Story of Socrates and Alcibiades Teaches Us about Our Search for Good Leaders.

Shownotes -

00:00:00 – Episode Introduction

00:02:25 – Importance of personal philosophy

00:08:40 – The essence of Stoicism

00:13:30 – Creating a better society through stoicism

00:18:50 – Thought conflicts & identity politics | Beginning of wisdom

00:26:00 – Exercising convictions with humility | Cato vs Ceaser

00:33:20 – Anger management, the stoic way | Seneca’s advise

00:42:15 –  Advise for men + healthy expression of masculinity

00:49:05 – Journal like Marcus Aurelius

00:51:50 – Choosing friends & role models

01:00:00 – Ambition, morality, and Stoicism

01:06:25 – Marcus Aurelius using social media

01:15:30 – Emotional sensitivity, resilience, and safe spaces

01:20:30 – Epictetus’ response to insults 

01:24:15 – Losing in love

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