This got posted in one of the larger Facebook groups last week. I’ve been listening to it in the car on my daily commute the past few days and found it to be well worth the time.
The author discusses several problems in interpretation of spiritual exercises in a Philosophy descended from Socrates, where virtue is a kind of knowledge, and knowledge is sufficient for virtue. I found the arguments compelling.
Also, the author addresses three spiritual exercises, the Three Disciplines of Epictetus, and distils and describes them well.
As any even occasional reader of this blog is aware, my focus for the past year has been on the training of the classical Stoics, and in translating that to the modern philosopher.
I came across this today, and while I have not yet finished it, I think readers of the blog will find an interest here. This is John Sellars, and is titled: Marcus Aurelius and the Tradition of Spiritual Exercises
I wanted to be able to listen to Musonius’ Lectures in the car, and the recording of my own voice doing it was distracting to me. So, I worked up this computerized text-to-speech version.
This page contains a list of specific (and sometimes jargony) Stoic vocabulary in the Koine found in Epictetus’ Enchiridion. It’s a handy site to have book marked.
In this piece from NPR, the not often discussed family of retired VADM James Stockdale, USN, is the feature.
Stockdale is one of the few to have put Stoic practice to the most extreme test. He was a POW for some eight years under the Viet Kong, and his book, “Thoughts of a Philosophical Fighter Pilot” is well worth reading.
Stockdale was a hero, and a national treasure.
There are two pdfs of his which are available without cost to the reader.
Stockdale on Stoicism I:
Stockdale on Stoicism II: