Some weeks ago I read William B. Irvine’s accessible and illuminating Guide to the Good Life, which introduces the reader to Stoicism. The book also argues that Stoicism is still relevant today, and Irvine shares his thoughts and his experiences on how to live a Stoic life today.
I found what Irvine had to say quite interesting and indeed relevant for contemporary readers, and I decided to summarise what I had learnt in a blog post. (Readers not familiar with Stoicism should read the linked blog post first before continuing reading.) However, already while reading Irvine’s book, I had some strong reservations about the tenants and the methods promoted by Stoicism. Not only do I have reservations, but for some I can actually offer solutions, or I can at least point into the general direction of a solution. This is why I chose to write this second blog, in which I first summarise my criticism of Stoicism, before sharing my thoughts about how to overcome the shortcomings identified.