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A Field Guide to a Happy Life
A Field Guide to a Happy Life: 53 Brief Lessons for Living | Massimo Pigliucci
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A brilliant philosopher reimagines Stoicism for our modern age in this thought-provoking guide to a better life. For more than two thousand years, Stoicism has offered a message of resilience in the face of hardship. Little wonder, then, that it is having such a revival in our own troubled times. But there is no denying how weird it can be: Is it really the case that we shouldn't care about our work, our loved ones, or our own lives? According to the old Stoics, yes. In A Field Guide to a Happy Life, philosopher Massimo Pigliucci offers a renewed Stoicism that reflects modern science and sensibilities. Pigliucci embraces the joyful bonds of affection, the satisfactions of a job well done, and the grief that attends loss. In his hands, Stoicism isn't about feats of indifference, but about enduring pain without being overwhelmed, while enjoying pleasures without losing our heads. In short, he makes Stoicism into a philosophy all of us -- whether committed Stoics or simply seekers -- can use to live better.
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A concise take on Epictetus' Enchiridion, but given a modern spin bringing the philosophy of Stoicism into the 21st century. I find most of the changes the author made to the original refreshing and fitting for our age. Any philosophy should be a living, breathing, changing thing.

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sleepy.ash87 "Any philosophy should be a living, breathing, changing thing." --- Yes, just like the human who constructed it. Postmodernism! 1y
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