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A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy

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  • Posted February 11, 2012

    It'll make you think...highly recommended!

    Prof. Irvine’s ‘A Guide to the Good Life’ is one of the most practical guides to “the good life” that I’ve ever read. It begins by advocating the need for readers to address two important philosophical questions…what do you want out of life, and how will you attain it? These are questions that all of us should think about, and to which he proposes the respective answers of ‘tranquility’ and ‘Stoicism’. He uses the word ‘tranquility’ in the same general sense that most use it, albeit with caveats and refinements. However he uses the word ‘Stoic’ in a much different way than is used by most people. Rather than painting a picture of a Stoic as a grim, unemotional, never flinching person, he describes a Stoic as a joyful, grief-free individual who can justify their outlook on life, and hence their enjoyment, using a very rationale perspective. The Stoic approach to living is analytic with no need for blind faith, mysticism or spirituality. The techniques Prof. Irvine describes for living the life of a Stoic are described elsewhere so won’t be summarized here. I can personally attest to their utility and therefore highly recommend this book to any thoughtful reader. ‘A Guide to the Good Life’ is worth reading if for no other purpose than to convince you of the importance of thinking about the two questions posed at the start of this review…what do you want out of life? How will you attain it?

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