Podcast: Stoicism and the Art of Manliness

Interview on How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius

Interview on How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius

It was my pleasure to be interviewed recently by Brett McKay for the hugely popular Art of Manliness podcast. Brett asked me some very insightful questions about my latest book How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius. The Art of Manliness has covered Stoicism in the past, including interviews with Ryan Holiday and William Irvine.

You can listen to the podcast via the Art of Manliness website, and on PlayerFM, Stitcher, and Apple Podcasts. (It will also be available soon on Soundcloud, and the Art of Manliness YouTube channel.)

We begin our conversation discussing the history of Stoicism and the overlooked beliefs the Stoics had. We then discuss the end goal of Stoicism and how it differed from other ancient philosophies like Aristotelian virtue ethics. Donald then explains the Stoic approach to emotions and the common misconceptions people have about Stoicism in that regard. We then dig into Stoic practices taken from Marcus Aurelius and discuss how modern cognitive psychology backs them up. Donald shares how the Stoics used language and daily meditations to manage their emotional life, and how they went about the psychology of goal-setting and dealing with success and failure.

Show Highlights

  • The origins of Stoicism — Where did it start? Who were the founders?

  • Comparing Stoicism to Aristotelian ethics

  • How did the Stoic way differentiate between good and bad actions?

  • The connection between Stoicism and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • The Stoic approach to emotions (and misconceptions about it)

  • How our language can help us manage our emotions

  • How Stoics view anger and why they use so much space talking about it

  • Marcus Aurelius’ story, including his circuitous route to becoming emperor

  • On catastrophizing

  • What does Stoic meditation look like?

  • Was the Apostle Paul a Stoic?

  • What do Stoics say about changing or moderating our desires?

  • What about worry and anxiety?

  • Balancing successful outcomes with successful tactics (and dealing with setbacks)

The Art of Manliness
Listen to The Art of Manliness episodes free, on demand. Podcast by The Art of Manliness. The easiest way to listen to…www.stitcher.com

#537: How to Think Like a Roman Emperor
Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius was one of the last Stoic philosophers and today is arguably the best known. Thanks to…player.fm

‎The Art of Manliness: #537: How to Think Like a Roman Emperor on Apple Podcasts
‎I talked with Donald Robertson about the life and philosophy of Marcus Aurelius, including how to apply his principles…podcasts.apple.com

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