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Podcast Profile: Philosophy as a Way of Life

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37 episodes
2021 to 2023
Median: 59 minutes
Collection: Philosophy

Description (podcaster-provided):

Join Rob Colter and Massimo Pigliucci for a series of engaging conversations, sometimes with special guests, on what it means to practice philosophy as a way of life. New episodes out on the second Friday of every month. Full index at

Themes and summary (AI-generated based on podcaster-provided show and episode descriptions):

➤ Stoicism • Ancient philosophy • Modern applications • Philosophy of life • Ethical living • Emotional resilience • Historical figures • Existentialism • Marriage and relationships • Political philosophy

This podcast, titled "Philosophy as a Way of Life," features a series of engaging conversations led by hosts Rob Colter and Massimo Pigliucci. The show explores the practice of philosophy not merely as an academic subject but as a guiding framework for daily living. Episodes are released monthly and often include discussions with special guests who are experts or authors in various philosophical domains.

A prominent theme of the podcast is the application of ancient philosophical principles to contemporary life. Stoicism, a Hellenistic philosophy founded by Zeno of Citium, frequently appears as a central topic. The episodes delve into various aspects of Stoicism, including its ethical teachings, its approach to handling adversity, and how it has been interpreted by modern thinkers. Discussions often illustrate how Stoic principles can be employed to navigate challenges such as bullying, romantic relationships, emotional resilience, and political engagement.

Additionally, the podcast expands beyond Stoicism to cover a diverse range of philosophical traditions. For instance, existentialism and its focus on authenticity and freedom are featured, as well as the moral philosophy of Confucianism and Aristotelian ethics. The hosts engage with these traditions through in-depth conversations about influential philosophers like Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, Socrates, and Simone de Beauvoir.

Translational works of ancient texts and their modern interpretations also form a recurrent topic. Guests frequently discuss the nuances and challenges of translating foundational philosophical texts, providing insights into the historical context and relevance of these works today.

Overall, this podcast offers listeners rich dialogues on how different philosophical teachings can be practically intertwined with everyday experiences. By blending historical perspectives with modern-day applications, "Philosophy as a Way of Life" aims to foster a deeper understanding of how to live thoughtfully and meaningfully.

Episode Image 37. Robin Waterfield on Epictetus
54 minutes
Episode Image 36. A graphic novel about Marcus Aurelius
60 minutes
Episode Image 35. Stoicism and bullying
60 minutes
Episode Image 34. The Quest for Character
59 minutes
Episode Image 33. Ten years of Modern Stoicism
54 minutes
Episode Image 32. Skye Cleary on Simone de Beauvoir, existentialism and how to be authentic
57 minutes
Episode Image 31. What does it mean to live philosophically?
62 minutes
Episode Image 30. Stoicism for good times?!
55 minutes
Episode Image 29. Stephen Angle on growing moral with Confucius
61 minutes
Episode Image 28. John Sellars on Epicureanism
57 minutes
Episode Image 27. Happy birthday, Marcus Aurelius!
59 minutes
Episode Image 26. Meghan Sullivan and Paul Blaschko on The Good Life Method
58 minutes
Episode Image 25. Georges Dreyfus on Buddhism and Stoicism
59 minutes
Episode Image 24. Stoicism and love
59 minutes
Episode Image 23. Cicero's On Duties: personal ethics and political philosophy
58 minutes
Episode Image 22. Richard Kraut on why one should be an Aristotelian
59 minutes
Episode Image 21. Andi Sciacca & Greg Sadler on Stoicism and marriage
60 minutes
Episode Image 20. Anthony Long on Epictetus and Socrates
62 minutes
Episode Image 19. Matthew Sharpe on Stoic virtue ethics
63 minutes
Episode Image 18. What is a philosophy of life, anyway?
61 minutes
Episode Image 17. Don Robertson on how to think like a Roman Emperor
69 minutes
Episode Image 16. Liz Gloyn on Seneca and the Family
58 minutes
Episode Image 15. Chris Gill on Stoic ethics and environmentalism
58 minutes
Episode Image 14. Tim LeBon on the effectiveness of Stoicism
60 minutes
Episode Image 13. Stoicism in prisons
54 minutes
Episode Image 12. Bill Irvine on The Stoic Challenge
60 minutes
Episode Image 11. Eric Weiner and The Socrates Express
54 minutes
Episode Image 10. Greg Sadler on misconceptions of Stoicism
63 minutes
Episode Image 9. Robin Waterfield on translating Marcus Aurelius
56 minutes
Episode Image 8. Stoicism and politics
58 minutes
Episode Image 7. Gretchen Reydams-Schils on Musonius Rufus
56 minutes
Episode Image 6. John Sellars on the art of living
59 minutes
Episode Image 5. William Stephens on Marcus Aurelius, philosopher
67 minutes
Episode Image 4. Michael Connell on Stoic comedy
50 minutes
Episode Image 3. A Field Guide to a Happy Life
56 minutes
Episode Image 2. Greg Lopez, to hell with feelings?
59 minutes
Episode Image 1. Nancy Sherman on ancient and modern Stoic wisdom
64 minutes