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William B. Irvine is emeritus professor of philosophy at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, USA. He is the author of eight books that have been translated into more than twenty languages. His A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy played a key role in the Stoic renaissance that has taken place in recent years. His subsequent The Stoic Challenge: A Philosopher’s Guide to Becoming Tougher, Calmer, and More Resilient provides a strategy for dealing, in proper Stoic manner, with the setbacks we experience in daily living. He is currently at work on a book about thinking critically, but with an open mind, in the age of the internet.
"I stumbled across Stoic philosophy and thought it was just wonderful stuff. So, I'd had the exact wrong idea of what it was. Most people do because if they look it up in the dictionary, a Stoic is this glum individual who simply suppresses all emotions, but that isn't what the Stoics were at all. They came up with these really brilliant psychological strategies for retaining our equanimity in the face of life's setbacks, challenges, and tests. And they're brilliant strategies. They are easy to test drive. Stoicism has a very low price of admission... Over the course of a three-day weekend, you can learn what you need. You can test drive it. You can find out what it is. You can find out what these strategies are, and you can try them and see if they make a difference in your life.”
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