Musonius Rufus and asceticism

While reading and researching Musonius Rufus for this post, I came across an interesting article by Richard Valantasis entitled “Musonius Rufus and Roman Ascetical Theory.” Valantasis is a scholar and Episcopal priest who has also written The Making of the Self: Ancient and Modern Asceticism and appears to be one of the most prominent living writers on ascetical…

Starting a blog: One topic or many?

So you're thinking about starting a blog. Fantastic! Many bloggers say starting a blog is the best thing they've ever done. It gives you a sense of purpose, an outlet, and something on which to focus your thoughts during downtime. It might feel as though you don’t have any time for it, but consider all of…

Seneca on misfortune’s bright side

Seneca’s “On Providence” attempts to address the question of why bad things happen to brave, virtuous people. While some aspects of the essay are problematic, he does make a strong case for turning to philosophy now to learn to withstand adversity when it inevitably comes. Seneca highlights the basic Stoic precept that external events are indifferent,…