Life Is Not Short, We Just Waste Most of It – a classic reading from Seneca’s ‘On the Shortness of Life’

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On the Shortness of Life is an essay written by Seneca, a roman statesman and Stoic philosopher, to his father-in-law Paulinus. In this passage Seneca responds to the common complaint that life is too short. He argues that life is long if one manages their time well, and that most people waste the majority of their time on pointless pursuits. On the Shortness of Life The following reading is from chapters 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 11, and 18 of Seneca’s On the Shortness of Life translated by John W. …

52 Book Challenge: Read 52 Philosophy Books in a Year

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The 52 book challenge is simple: try to read 52 book in a year. One of the main benefits of the challenge is to provide motivation for people who want to read more but can’t seem to find the time. Reading 52 books in a year is a pretty impressive achievement and gives you a sense of accomplishment if you make it. It also gives you a specific goal to work towards each week. I thought it would be fun to create a philosophical version of the challenge, for anyone …

How to Find Philosophy Resources and Books Using Custom Google Searches

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If you’re looking for beginner-friendly philosophy articles, podcasts, videos and books, there are two main problems that need to be overcome. The first is that useful resources are usually spread out over many different websites; if you try to search each website individually, it’s going to take a while. The second is that it can be hard to tell at a glance whether any particular resource or book is high quality. This page aims to overcome these problems by using custom Google searches to find only high-quality philosophy content. Quicklinks …

Well-Being and the Good Life: The Best Introductory Resources

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This page features a collection of the best resources on well-being and the good life. To get started, simply choose the type of resource that best suits your learning style. If you want an academic overview of what it means to live a good life: Read the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Well-Being. However, you should keep in mind that the SEP is often quite technical and this article may be difficult for beginners. It’s also quite long at around 6400 words. Here’s a short excerpt that introduces the …

The Seven Best Books on Well-Being and the Good Life

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This page contains a list of the best books on well-being and the good life. The first thing you should note is that there is no single best book on what it means to live a good life. The best book for you will depend on your preferred learning style and the amount of time that you want to spend learning about conceptions of the good life. An 800-page scholarly overview may not be best for someone looking for a short beginner-friendly introduction, for example. This list aims to take …