This volume, whose completion represents over a year of work, was underwritten by the generosity of a patron of philosophy and Stoicism, who would prefer to remain anonymous. Profits from sales of this book will go to supporting the ongoing work of the Modern Stoicism organization.
Each of the entries in this book was originally a guest post contributed to the Stoicism Today blog by an author who wished to share some of their ideas, insights, stories, challenges, or (perhaps even) wisdom bearing upon ancient Stoicism and its applications to modern life. One exception is a symposium about the nature of “modern Stoicism,” which brought together nearly the entire Modern Stoicism team to address that issue.
In reading through these 37 excellent selections, you will encounter the variety, diversity, and richness of modern Stoicism. They range over topics such as the nature of Stoicism itself, spiritual practices, physical exercise, the emotions, psychotherapy, medicine, parenting and family, the workplace, the virtues, and the environment. Stoicism gets brought into comparison with other perspectives like Buddhism, as well as with other contemporary theorists and their approaches. There are even a few “controversies,” in which authors engaged each other on the blog, represented here. The authors themselves write as academic scholars and researchers, psychotherapists and medical doctors, parents and family members, workers and managers, coaches, farmers, and culinarians, just to name a few of the roles represented and lives touched by the practical philosophy of Stoicism.