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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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.

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Stoic Philosophy: Finding Meaning in Work

I talk about finding meaning in work in this episode of the Stoic Philosophy Podcast.

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We can find meaning in work through finding a job which matches our skills, interests, and values; adopting a new role at work; looking to make changes in the workplace or even finding new work; changing our mindset by having more gratitude and acceptance; reducing our expectations; having more work/life balance; spending less time at work; and recognizing that all jobs serve a purpose.

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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Stoic Philosophy: Complaining

I talk about complaining in my most recent Stoic Philosophy podcast episode.

Rather than merely complaining, we should take action to change that which we can and work toward a better quality of life including realistic goals. For that which we cannot change, we can work on acceptance, be more grateful for good parts of life, not exaggerate our difficulties, and not create problems for ourselves.

My Stoic Philosophy series 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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Stoic Philosophy: Recovering from the Past

I talk about practical methods to recover from events in the past.

Excessive focus on past events and brooding can be harmful to us, but we can take steps to move our focus away from the past through acceptance; reforming our thoughts; questioning our appraisals of the world; being mindful; replacing bad habits with good ones; focusing on positives rather than negatives; and employing other strategies.

My Stoic Philosophy series 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 Stoic Philosophy episode on YouTube and SoundCloud.

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