A Handbook for New Stoics (Paperback)

How to Thrive in a World Out of Your Control—52 Week-by-Week Lessons

By Massimo Pigliucci, Gregory Lopez

The Experiment, 9781615195336, 336pp.

Publication Date: May 14, 2019

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A pragmatic philosophy more popular than ever—here are 52 ancient lessons to help you overcome adversity and find tranquility in the modern world

An ancient belief system made new, Stoicism teaches us how to accept the things we cannot change and how to live a good life. It helps us improve our outlook, increase our wellbeing, and thrive in the face of adversity. But how does one live like a Stoic? 

In A Handbook for New Stoics, renowned philosopher Massimo Pigliucci and practitioner Gregory Lopez guide readers through 52 weekly lessons, each based on a common obstacle. Stressing out about a meeting at work? Try listing the things you can control and those you can’t. Epictetus writes: “In our power are thought, impulse, will to get, and will to avoid”—in other words, our own attitudes. Discover what you can control, and quickly achieve peace of mind.

Featuring quotes from philosophers, analysis by the authors, and journaling activities, these lessons enable readers to reframe their perceptions and be happier.

About the Author

Massimo Pigliucci, PhD, is the K. D. Irani Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York. His most recent book is How to Be a Stoic, and he has written for The New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal.

Gregory Lopez is the founder and facilitator of the New York City Stoics meet-up, co-host of Stoic Camp New York, and coorganizer of Stoicon. Both live in New York.