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A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy (edition 2009)

by William B Irvine

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Title:A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy
Authors:William B Irvine
Info:OUP USA (2009), Edition: First Printing, Hardcover, 328 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:philosophy, epictetus

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A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William B Irvine

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Fantastic guide to Stoic self-help ( )
  David.Cooper | Oct 5, 2013 |
Contains some real gems, but not all of it is helpful. ( )
  lente | Sep 6, 2013 |
Rec. as great book by Derek Sivers
  jaden | Aug 22, 2013 |
I started this book in the air when returning from vacation, and finished it about a month later. I have been busy and lost track of the argument after stopping reading for a while, so I had to pick up and re-read some parts. William Irving is recommending the practice of stoicism as a practical way of enhancing life. He argues that a philosophy of life is essential. He recommends Stoic techniques to rid oneself of expectation, like “negative visualization”. One daily meditates on what life would be like without a loved one, or in old age, or in poverty, in order to appreciate more what one haves. He claims that he has been living like this for a while, and is more tranquil and happy, although his choices seem to be typical for the liberal academic he is. He has several chapters of advice, and an autobiographical chapter. The philosophical part was simple, and this was a good introduction to the Roman Stoics ( )
  neurodrew | Jan 1, 2013 |
A pleasantly-written overview of an applied and updated Stoic philosophy—a bit plodding, but it improves as you get into it. Certainly makes one want to read Marcus Aurelius and Epictetus. The comparisons with Zen Buddhism are interesting, and the techniques show interesting similarities with CBT. ( )
  adzebill | Nov 3, 2012 |
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In A Guide to the Good Life, William B. Irvine plumbs the wisdom of Stoic philosophy, one of the most popular and successful schools of thought inancient Rome, and shows how its insight and advice are still remarkably applicable to modern lives.

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