Stoicism and Humility with Dr. Regan Lance Reitsma

Dr. Regan Lance Reitsma

I talk about the virtue of humility with Dr. Regan Lance Reitsma on a new episode of my Stoic Philosophy Podcast.

We explore competing definitions for humility; versions of humility worth wanting; potential paradoxes when considering particular conceptions of humility; pride; moral failings; moral progress; and practical applications of humility drawing upon thoughts put forth in his journal articles ‘Against Humility as Informed Contempt‘ and ‘Tolerance and Intellectual Humility: A Critique of Comte-Sponville.’

Dr. Reitsma received a Philosophy Ph.D. in 2007 from The Ohio State University and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from the departments of Philosophy and Classics from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He serves as Assistant Professor of Philosophy at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He specializes in Moral Psychology; Practical Rationality and Practical Normativity; tolerance; and moral rights. He also includes Philosophy of Religion; ethical theory and applied ethics; social and political philosophy; Ancient Greek Philosophy; Hume and Kant; and sports in his areas of competency.

The Stoic Philosophy Podcast explores the tradition of Stoicism with goals to inform, empower, and help others benefit from practical wisdom of Ancient Greek, Roman, and modern thinkers including Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, and Seneca.

For the Stoics, a main focus is pursuing virtue to attain a well-examined life through practical applications of Philosophy – acting with good character, using reason to form accurate careful judgments about the world, and achieving contentment. Stoic writers focus on many perennial human concerns and urge people to take action applying what they learn to everyday life. Self-improvement is central to Stoic thought – strengthening and improving one’s mindset.

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August Stoic Philosophy Discussion Group: Death with Dignity

I’ll be hosting a Stoic Philosophy discussion group on death with dignity with the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia on August 20 of 2017.

Join me and members of the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia (HAGP) for a free open-to-the-public Stoic Philosophy discussion group I’ll be hosting focused on the topic of death with dignity. The event will take place in the community room of the Upper Moreland Public Library at 2 P.M. on Sunday, August 20. Following the discussion, I’ll join attendees for conversation & Greek and Mediterranean dinner at Zoe’s Kitchen — a short drive from the library — in Willow Grove.

What can you expect? I’ve hosted six Stoic Philosophy discussion groups with HAGP and also recently delivered a speech to HAGP members titled ‘Stoic Philosophy for Secular Humanists.’ I will upload a podcast episode on the topic of death with dignity, but this discussion group will not be recorded, so you’ll have to attend for the full experience.

I’ve been uploading Stoic videos and podcasts to SoundCloud, iTunes, YouTube, and Stitcher in addition to maintaining a Patreon page which includes content & updates in addition to rewards for those who support my efforts.

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Stoic Philosophy: Moderation and Self-Control

I talk about moderation and self-control in this episode of the Stoic Philosophy Podcast.

We can have a more productive life through exercising moderation and self-control. We can question popular opinion; be introspective; take accountability for our thoughts and actions; stop making excuses and blaming others; limit our desires; shun a life of luxury; and be more content with fewer material possessions.

The Stoic Philosophy Podcast explores the tradition of Stoicism with goals to inform, empower, and help others benefit from practical wisdom of Ancient Greek, Roman, and modern thinkers including Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, and Seneca.

For the Stoics, a main focus is pursuing virtue to attain a well-examined life through practical applications of Philosophy – acting with good character, using reason to form accurate careful judgments about the world, and achieving contentment. Stoic writers focus on many perennial human concerns and urge people to take action applying what they learn to everyday life. Self-improvement is central to Stoic thought – strengthening and improving one’s mindset.

Listen to my new episode on SoundCloud and YouTube.

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Upcoming Podcast Guests

American Muslim Tim Maloney and Philosophy Professor Dr. Regan Reitsma will be joining me as guests on future Stoic Philosophy Podcast episodes. 

I’ll be including special guests in episodes of my Stoic Philosophy Podcast to be recorded and released later this month. Rather than uploading shorter episodes featuring my thoughts and commentary on Stoic texts, I’ll include discussions with guests finding parallels between their thoughts and perspectives within Stoic Philosophy.

Consider submitting ideas and questions I can utilize in discussion.

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Stoicism and Suicide

A piece I authored titled ‘Stoicism and Suicide’ in which I encourage people to find the will to live was published on ModernStoicism.com.

I recently wrote a piece on the topic of suicide based on an episode of my Stoic Philosophy Podcast titled ‘Stoic Philosophy: Suicide, Finding the Will to Live.’ I draw upon passages from Seneca’s ‘Letters from a Stoic’ to examine issues surrounding reasons behind suicidal thoughts.

Here’s an excerpt from the piece:

I’ll explore passages in Seneca’s Letters from a Stoic relating to the topic of suicide which can encourage people to find the will to live by working to improve by taking action; enduring suffering; having a sense of gratitude; having hope for the future; reflecting on past accomplishments; accepting elements of chance and inevitability in life; being mindful of thoughts and emotions to have insight motivated toward change; preparing for hardships; being strong and brave; considering the impact suicide can have on others; and finding meaning in life.

ModernStoicism.com is the home for writers, speakers, psychotherapists, and others who share an interest in modern applications of Stoic Philosophy. Events like Stoicon, Stoic Week, and Stoic Mindfulness & Resilience Training Courses are highlighted on the website which also includes interviews, announcements, and videos. Dr. Gregory Sadler helps maintain the website and spoke with me for an episode for the Stoic Philosophy Podcast titled ‘Stoicism and Anger with Gregory Sadler

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