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Vol. 4, Issue 6, June 2022

On human fallibility

Editorial || CHUCK CHAKRAPANI

Humans are fallible. In fact, the Stoics thought that we are so fallible that none of us ever gets to be completely virtuous. They said only a sage can be virtuous and, for all practical purposes, no one ever gets to be a sage.


The Stoic approach to failure

Feature || GREG SADLER

“Each occasion of failing offers an opportunity to exercise those dimensions of the virtue of courage that the Stoics called perseverance and industriousness.”


The stoic approach to overcoming cowardice

Feature || BRANDON TUMBLIN

“All virtues can be thought of as a habit, and the virtues of courage and strength are no exception. Life provides you opportunities every day to practice strength and courage.”


The Stoic approach to the incarcerated

Feature || SANTARA GONZALES AND KAI WHITING

“How many of us can say with certainty that all our present thoughts, actions and attitudes are virtuous?”


The Stoic approach to thinking about the past

Feature || PIOTR STANKIEWICZ

“We shouldn’t overly focus on heavy duty metaphysics. Finding out what the world is really like is not really our area of expertise anymore. Physics, chemistry, and evolutionary biology take care of that. The one job we have is to remain Stoics whatever the world is like.”


The Stoic approach to virtue: Who decides?

Feature || SHARON LEBELL

“Favour “living the questions” over marshaling arguments to advance or defend cherished or conclusive points of view.”


Stoicism and appropriate actions

Book Excerpt || Editor

“We should think very carefully about the appropriateness of our lifestyle choices to make sure they are consistent with our values”


The ancient Cynics: A backdrop to Stoicism

Feature || MEREDITH KUNZ

“The Cynics firmly established the responsibility of each individual to live a moral life, and the importance of self-discipline and indifference to pleasure or pain in the pursuit of virtue. They also established a tradition of questioning the validity of every assumption until proof can be found.”


An empath’s guide to Stoicism

Feature || BRITTANY POLAT

“We can choose whether to go with the world the way it is, or be dragged along kicking and screaming.”


Stoic quotes for every day of the month

Stoic Everyday || Editor

Stoic quotes for every day of the month