4 of the best introductory videos on Stoicism

Stoicism can have a meaning impact on your life.

In order to have a better understanding of that, I have selected four of the best introductory videos that I could found.

Hopefully, they will intrigue you and make you dig more into it!

The philosophy of Stoicism – Massimo Pigliucci

A short historic overlook on the Stoics and the impact of this philosophy in society.

The Stoics & Why Stoicism matters

These couple of videos are produce from the brilliant channel “The school of Life”.

They dig a bit more on Stoic philosophy, explaining the main concepts and figures.  

A lecture on Marcus Aurelius

In here Professor Michael Sugrue give an amazing lesson on the figure of Emperor Marcus Aurelius. This video is a must-watch even if Stoic philosophy is not your main interest.

As somebody wrote in the comment section: It’s one of those videos that you didn’t realize you needed it, until you watched it”

If you have found other valuable videos and material please let me know in the comment of this post.

Best books on Stoicism

In this post, I want to list the best books on Stoicism, that I have encounter so far.

Besides the classic three Stoic authors that have come down to us (i.e. Epictetus, Seneca and Marcus), I have also listed the most influential contemporary authors that are contributing to bringing Stoicism back to the general public.

This is of course not an exhaustive list of all books out there, but I hope that this could help you to discover, internalize and practice a philosophy and school of life that can help you live a fulfilled life.

Modern Authors

Recently (in the last 20 years or so) , many philosophers and authors have rediscovered Stoicism as a way through life.

While ancient sources are the authorities to quote, a modern beginner interested in Stoicism should probably start with one of the most recent books on the topic.

These books are wrote in plain English, and they give a 360 degree explanation of the philosophy and its history. As such they offer an accessible introduction to the philosophy, and provide a good foundation from which to develop ones understanding.

A Guide to the Good Life

A guide to the good life: the ancient art of Stoic joy, by William B Irvine

Truly one of my favourite books on Stoicism. The author, William Irvine, explains how he discovered Stoicism, in the later part of his life despite being a university professor of philosophy, and how by applying it he managed to improve his life.

Not only does he give his take of Stoicism in a very beautiful style, but he also develops it forward, exploring new techniques and redefining the old ones. Truly beautiful, strongly suggested.

Stoicism and the Art of Happiness

Stoicism and the Art of Happiness: Practical wisdom for everyday life: embrace perseverance, strength and happiness with stoic philosophy (Teach Yourself: Philosophy & Religion) by Donald Robertson

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