A Stoic upbringing, Parenting basics

Your kids are smarter than you think

Musonius Rufus seems to have been one of the most cheerful Stoics, especially when it comes to humanity’s natural predispositions. Stoicism itself as a very optimistic philosophy, since it insists that people can and should become the agents of their own flourishing. But the ancient Stoics started from different positions on how far each of us must progress in order…

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A Stoic upbringing, Parenting basics

Stoic cool

The other day, as I was flipping through channels on my car radio, I started thinking about the challenge of raising morally excellent kids in a world in which being cool means not really caring about anything besides yourself. No matter what kind of music or tv shows you like, it’s hard to escape the cultural message that being edgy,…

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A Stoic upbringing, Miscellaneous

Oikeiosis

Oikeiosis is a strange Greek word that has an even stranger (and to us, rather vague) meaning, and yet it was once central to Stoic thought and doctrine. When it is mentioned in modern Stoic writing, it has to be extensively glossed, since we have no true equivalent concepts in modern Western society. Translators have used words such as affinity,…

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