I just recorded a new podcast on Marcus Aurelius and Stoicism for the High Existence website.
The Stoics can teach you how to find a sense of purpose in life, how to face adversity, how to conquer anger within yourself, moderate your desires, experience healthy sources of joy, endure pain and illness patiently and with dignity, exhibit courage in the face of your anxieties, cope with loss, and perhaps even confront your own mortality while remaining as unperturbed as Socrates.
Save 35% off the list price if you order the best selling hardback now from Amazon US. Also available in audiobook and ebook formats.
How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius was a #1 best seller in philosophy, has been nominated for two literary awards, and has received an average five star rating from reviewers on Amazon, leading it to be listed as one of their “top-rated” ancient philosophy titles by Amazon. The audiobook edition also became a best seller on Audible.
Robertson distills the emperor’s philosophy into useful mental habits… displays a sound knowledge of Marcus’ life and thought… accessible prose style contributes to its appeal… a convincing case for the continuing relevance of an archetypal philosopher-king.The Wall Street Journal
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My four week online course about the life and philosophy of Marcus Aurelius will start running on Sunday 4th August. Enroll now to reserve your place. See the website below for full details:
I’m delighted to announce that I’ve been invited to deliver a series of talks at several of the public libraries in my home city of Toronto. Follow the links below for more information…
- Fort York Library, Tuesday 9th July, 6.30-8pm
- Toronto Reference Library, Thursday 22nd August, 2-3.30pm
- Lillian H. Smith Library, Wednesday 11th September, 6.30-8pm
I’ll be adding more information closer to the events.
I recently did another podcast, on Stoicism and anger management for Dan Munro’s Brojo Online.
Save the date! The Toronto Stoics are hosting Stoicon-X on September 8th.
Toronto is at the heart of the Stoicism movement, with the world’s largest actively philosophizing Stoic group. Stoicon-X events are annual conferences organized around the world. The theme for this year’s conference in Toronto is PRACTICE. Stoicism is a highly practical philosophy. It is meant to be put into action and it is not designed for those who prefer to stay on the armchair. However, since the majority of the ancient texts are missing, we are uncertain of how the Stoics actually practiced.
The Modern Stoic movement has found itself and is now in the process of discovering and developing ways to practice both individually and collectively. This year’s conference is meant to continue this discussion.
RSVP @ www.thestoa.ca
- “How to Be a Stoic When You Don’t Know How” presented by Chuck Chakrapani
- “The View from Above: A Transformation of Perspectival and Participatory Knowing” presented by John Vervaeke
- “How to Practice like a Roman Emperor” presented by Donald Robertson
- “How to Thrive in a World out of Your Control, One Practical Exercise at a Time” presented by Massimo Pigliucci
9:00AM – 9:30AM – Registration
9:30AM – 12:00PM – Morning sessions/presentations
12:00PM – 1:15PM – Lunch (on your own)
1:15PM – 4:00PM – Afternoon sessions/presentations plus StoicTalks
4:00PM and Beyond – The Afterparty AKA “The Drunken Symposium”
How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius, my sixth book, came out in April. It’s now been rated/reviewed over 300 times on Goodreads. It has also been reviewed in several publications, including The Wall Street Journal.
Mr. Robertson […] displays a sound knowledge of Marcus’ life and thought. The author’s accessible prose style, well-suited for recounting both philosophical concepts and arcane Roman history, contributes to its appeal. As an introduction to Stoic philosophy, it’s hard to beat the “Meditations,” which deserve to be read ahead of any commentary on them. That said, Mr. Robertson’s book succeeds on its own terms, presenting a convincing case for the continuing relevance of an archetypal philosopher-king.
You can read some of the latest Goodreads reviews below…
The Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius was the most famous proponent of the ancient philosophy known as Stoicism. He was also one of the most powerful leaders in European history, assuming control of the Roman empire aged 39, during the height of its power.