The Benefits of Philosophy with Dr. David Kyle Johnson

I released a new episode of my Stoic Philosophy series on the benefits of Philosophy with guest Dr. David Kyle Johnson. Listen on SoundCloud and YouTube.

I talk with Dr. David Kyle Johnson concerning the benefits of Philosophy. Why should we study Philosophy? What practical benefits can we gain from pursuing Philosophy? How can we respond to those who think Philosophy is not valuable?

From TheHumanist.com:

David Kyle Johnson is an associate professor of philosophy at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and is also a professor for The Great Courses. His courses include Exploring Metaphysics (2014) and The Big Questions of Philosophy (2016). In addition to being the author of The Myths that Stole Christmas, he also blogs for Psychology Today, has written and edited extensively for Wiley-Blackwell’s Philosophy and Pop Culture series, and has published work in journals such as Religious StudiesSophiaPhiloThink, and Science, Religion and Culture regarding metaphysics and philosophy of religion.

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Stoic Philosophy: Friendship

I released a new episode of my Stoic Philosophy series on the topic of friendship. Listen on SoundCloud and YouTube.

What does a good friendship look like? Who should we admit into our circle of friends? Which qualities should we look for in people? How should we engage with our friends? What are some benefits of social relationships? How can we share our thoughts and feelings with friends? How many friends should we have? Should we, after failure to acquire good relationships, isolate ourselves and give up? I’ll discuss these items and more alongside passages from Seneca’s Letters From A Stoic.

My Stoic Philosophy series explores the philosophical tradition of Stoicism with goals to inform, empower, and help others benefit from practical wisdom. Stoic Philosophy was popularized by Ancient Greek and Roman thinkers including Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, and Seneca. For the Stoics, a main focus in life 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 having contentment through casting away anxiety and certain desires. 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 in order to have a better quality of life. Even though many Stoic writers are centuries removed from us, their wisdom endures and is extremely relevant to our time.

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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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I will be hosting a free open-to-the-public Stoic Philosophy discussion group on the topic of friendship on May 21, 2017 in Willow Grove, PA. More details are here.

Three upcoming podcast guests

I’ve been regularly producing episodes of my Stoic Philosophy series on SoundCloud and YouTube and will soon be including guests.

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.

My first guest will be Dr. William Irwin — chair of the Philosophy department at King’s College in Pennsylvania — who will talk with me about parallels between Existentialism and Stoic Philosophy drawing upon themes in his recent book ‘The Free Market Existentialist: Capitalism Without Consumerism.’

I’ll also be talking with Dr. David Kyle Johnson — Associate Professor of Philosophy at King’s College in Pennsylvania — for an episode titled ‘The Benefits of Philosophy.’ Johnson recently was discussed in an article in which Bill Nye the Science Guy talked about Johnson’s works being influential.

The author of ‘Thumbing Through Thoreau,’ Kenny Luck, will appear on an upcoming episode to talk about parallels between Stoic Philosophy and the works of Henry David Thoreau.

Stay tuned for upcoming content with these three thinkers and feel free to contact me with questions for upcoming guests or suggestions for podcast guests.

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Stoic Philosophy: Overcoming Adversity and Welcoming Challenge

I released a new episode of my Stoic Philosophy series titled ‘Overcoming Adversity and Welcoming Challenge.’ Listen on SoundCloud and YouTube.

Drawing upon writings from Seneca, I talk about cultivating an appropriate mindset in which to overcome adversity and welcome challenge. I explore preparation; foresight; acceptance; avoiding self-defeating thoughts and actions; focusing on processes rather than results; mindfulness; bravery; personal growth; risk-taking; taking initiative; accomplishment; and balance in life.

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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I will be hosting a free open-to-the-public Stoic Philosophy discussion group on the topic of friendship on May 21, 2017 in Willow Grove, PA. More details are here.