Dr. William Irwin on Stoic Philosophy and Existentialism

Dr. William Irwin

I released a new episode of my Stoic Philosophy series titled ‘Dr. William Irwin on Stoicism and Existentialism.’ Listen on SoundCloud and YouTube.

Dr. William Irwin — Chair of the Philosophy department at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania — joins me to discuss parallels between Stoic Philosophy and Existentialism; his recent book ‘The Free Market Existentialist: Capitalism Without Consumerism;’ and his recent Psychology Today article ‘The Authentic Introvert: Hell is Other People on an Airport Shuttle.’

My Stoic Philosophy series explores the philosophical tradition of Stoicism with goals to inform, empower, and help others benefit from the practical wisdom of Ancient Greek, Roman, and modern thinkers. I tackle many topics including handling adversity, finding meaning in life, working toward contentment, dealing with change, anger, and gratitude.

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Justin Vacula

Justin Vacula hosts the Stoic Philosophy Podcast; serves as co-organizer and spokesperson for the Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) Freethought Society; and has hosted monthly Stoic Philosophy discussion groups for the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia. He has appeared on and hosted various radio shows and podcasts; participated in formal debates and discussions; was a guest speaker for college-level courses; was featured in local, national, and international news; and has been invited to speak at various national, local, and statewide events. Vacula received bachelor's degrees in Philosophy and Psychology, a minor in Professional Writing, and the distinguished W.A. Kilburn Memorial Award for Philosophy from King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He is currently living in the Scranton, PA area attending Marywood University's graduate-level Mental Health Counseling program and has worked with the Arc of Luzerne County's Transition to Community Employment program as a teacher's assistant and job coach alongside adult learners with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He also plays poker; volunteers as a member of the website and media team for the Greyhawk Reborn Dungeons & Dragons campaign while playing at events in the Eastern United States; and enjoys metal music.