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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Support my work through Patreon

August 2017 Stoic Philosophy discussion group with Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia

I create Stoic Philosophy content to inform and empower. Please support me through Patreon or Paypal. Here’s my monthly pitch and what I’ve been up to.

Last month, I launched a Patreon.com page offering rewards to supporters of my work who would like to donate to help me produce content. I’ve been active since July and have many plans for the future.

I’ve continued to produce episodes of my Stoic Philosophy Podcast including discussion of complaining; finding meaning in work; moderation and self-control; humility (with special guest Dr. Regan Lance Reitsma; and death with dignity. I’ve also added my podcast to iTunes; published an piece on stoicism and suicide; recorded a discussion with American Muslim Tim Maloney about Islam and community activism which should be released next week; hosted a Stoic Philosophy discussion group on the topic of death with dignity with the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia; and recorded discussion about Stoicism with the Apostasy Now podcast.

I have a list of guests for upcoming podcast episodes; multiple new topics to discuss; and recorded footage I can upload. I’m also open to suggestions from supporters of my work – especially those who donate at the $10/month level or greater per month. For supporters who contribute $20 or more a month, I’ll host a monthly Google Hangout. Supporters at the $50 level will gain access to a monthly private call to discuss whatever they’d like. All support is welcome and can make a difference.

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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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