Appearance on Apostasy Now Podcast

I recently appeared on the Apostasy Now Podcast to talk about Stoic Philosophy.

From the episode description:

We were happy to have Justin back on the program recently. He’s been busy disciplining himself in the philosophy of Stoicism and helping others to understand what it means, how to apply it. Take a listen, it may be something you find compelling. And check the links below to learn even more.

Steam and download the podcast through Apostasy Now’s website, listen in iTunes, listen in Stitcher, or stream on YouTube.

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Stoicism, Islam, and Community Service with Tim Maloney

I talk about Stoicism, Islam, and community activism with American Muslim Tim Maloney.

We also explore tolerance; learning from others; anger; acceptance; handling adversity; overcoming fears; dealing with difficult people; and resilience.

Tim Maloney is an American Muslim activist and community organizer from Northeastern Pennsylvania. He received his B.A. Degree in Communication Arts and Humanities from Keystone College. Tim currently serves on the Steering Committee for the Peace and Justice Center and Executive Committee of the Wilkes-Barre NAACP Youth Council. In 2016, Tim won Best Life Blog at the NEPA BlogCon’s Blog of the Year awards. In 2017, he was the recipient of the Susan Merrill Constance Kozel Award. This is presented by The Interfaith Resource Center for Peace and Justice to an individual whose contributions to society reflect the principles of justice and peace.

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 newest episode in SoundCloud, iTunes, YouTube, and Stitcher.

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Stoic Philosophy: Death With Dignity

I talk about death with dignity in my newest episode of the Stoic Philosophy Podcast.

For Seneca, several central thoughts on death with dignity appear through his letters: use your time well while you still can and don’t let life pass you by for life is short and chance can drastically alter or end your life; we should be prepared to end our lives when reason dictates it; living nobly is more important than living a long life – quality is more important than quantity; death can offer us freedom from a life not worth living; and we should do our best to die gladly.

It’s important to note that although Stoic writers encourage ending our lives early in some situations, committing suicide, we should not do so haphazardly; Stoic writers would only encourage suicide in special circumstances after reasoned deliberation.

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 newest episode on SoundCloud, YouTube, iTunes, and Stitcher.

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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.

Listen to my new episode on SoundCloud and YouTube.

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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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