This page features a collection of the best resources on Stoicism. To get started, simply choose the type of resource that best suits your learning style.
If you want a comprehensive overview of Stoicism:
- Read the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Stoicism. However, you should keep in mind that the Stanford Encyclopedia in often quite technical and this article may be difficult for beginners. It’s also quite long at around 15,000 words. Here’s a short excerpt that introduces Stoicism:
“Stoicism was one of the new philosophical movements of the Hellenistic period. The name derives from the porch (stoa poikilê) in the Agora at Athens decorated with mural paintings, where the members of the school congregated, and their lectures were held. Unlike ‘epicurean,’ the sense of the English adjective ‘stoical’ is not utterly misleading with regard to its philosophical origins. The Stoics did, in fact, hold that emotions like fear or envy (or impassioned sexual attachments, or passionate love of anything whatsoever) either were, or arose from, false judgements and that the sage – a person who had attained moral and intellectual perfection – would not undergo them….”
If you’re looking for a somewhat shorter and more engaging introduction:
- Read Massimo Pigliucci’s article: How to be a Stoic [1700 words]
If you’d prefer a video introduction:
If you prefer audio and podcasts:
- Listen to John Sellars and Kelly Sanders discuss Stoicism on The Philosopher’s Zone podcast [24:30 mins]
If you’d like to read a short passage from a classic work of philosophy:
If you’d just like to casually browse a few quotes:
While these resources are a great starting point, there’s only so much you can learn by using free online resources. If you want to learn more, check out this list of the Best Books on Stoicism
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