How to practice Stoicism

Despite the title of the video below, this isn’t about my first book on Stoicism, How to be a Stoic, but rather the more recent one, A Handbook for New Stoics, co-written with my friend Greg Lopez.

The talk was presented at the HowTheLightGetsIn festival, organized in Hay (Wales) by the Institute of Arts and Ideas, May 2019. The video is about 40 minutes long. Enjoy!

What are natural kinds?

My friend Dan Kauffman (Missouri State University) and I just published a new video conversation, on the topic of “natural kinds.” What are they? Do they really exist? Among other things, we discuss what the former planet Pluto can teach us about natural kinds, and explore why I changed my mind, over the past several years, about the ontological status of theoretical entities. Enjoy!

How to thrive in a world out of your control, one practical exercise at a time

Here is my very practical presentation (about 25 minutes) on Epictetus’ three disciplines (desire, action, and assent), at the recent Stoicon-X Toronto. Based on my book with Greg Lopez, A Handbook for New Stoics: How to Thrive in a World Out of Your Control―52 Week-by-Week Lessons.