[PODCAST] #318: Stoicism (1 of 4 – The Practice), With Bill Buppert


PHILOSOPHY - Bill Buppert of zerogov.com returns to discuss the philosophy of Stoicism.

-What is Stoicism
-Differentiate philosophy from 'small s' stoicism
-Tranquility - freedom from distracting emotions
-Meditation - “negative visualization”
-Tim Ferris - define your fears
-Training through voluntary discomfort
-The Sphere of Choice
-Internals and Externals
-Response to criticisms and concerns

Listener-Submitted Questions/Topics:
Andrew W: Men's fashions of the 1920's-1960's. He seems to like that subject quite a bit, I've heard him bring it up more than once on Freedom Feens.

Sarah W: He said something on your last show with him about his daughters not coming around to anarchism. He said something that sounded like he was attributing this to their gender. Maybe he'd like to expand on that?

Bill's Reading List:
My top three for the novice are:
-A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy
-A Man in Full
-The Emperor's Handbook: A New Translation of The Meditations)

To get better acquainted with the philosophy:
The Obstacle Is The Way: Tim Ferriss Audio Edition

Here is the most comprehensive list I could find that I agree with all the choices: Stoicsm Books

This is a terrific resource and dirt cheap on Amazon:The Stoic and Epicurean Philosophers: The Complete Extant Writings of Epicurus, Epictetus, Lucretius and Marcus Aurelius

Look Closer:
Bill Buppert's Site - http://zerogov.com/

Stoicism and Hormetism - http://gettingstronger.org/stoicism/

Change your receptors, change your set point - http://gettingstronger.org/2010/10/change-your-setpoint/

Stoicism 101: A quick guide to the philosophy - http://hackthesystem.com/blog/stoicism-101-a-quick-guide-to-the-philosophy/

Real Mind Control: The 21-Day No-Complaint Experiment, by Tim Ferriss - http://fourhourworkweek.com/2007/09/18/real-mind-control-the-21-day-no-complaint-experiment/

Stoicsm Overview - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stoicism

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One comment

  1. I want to thank Brett for having me on the show. This started as a one part show and transformed into the four part series you have now.

    Stoicism as an inquiry is not complex but Stoicism as a daily practice takes a lifetime to master. I owe so many folks so many sources in my library and journey to practice Stoicism. Besides the books listed, I have to commend Captains of the Soul, despite its military orientation, as a terrific primer on what this is all about. It provided much of the outline for what we did here.

    I have a large Stoic library at home and my Amazon wish list has over fifty Stoic books on it. I offer nothing more than revelation of how its come to me, its impact and my notions and on which direction to head. Many explorers from the past have codified this and spoke to it. It simply seems lost in the conversation right now, but you can do your part to keep it alive. You set your own course.

    I really bring nothing original to this conversation that probably hasn’t been done with more elan and sprezzatura by others.

    The only original contention I bring to the enterprise is that Stoicism and libertarianism if not abolitionism are intimately and instinctual connected.

    Be sure to visit my website. Thanks Brett for the great opportunity.


    Bill Buppert

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