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The Stoic Challenge: A Philosopher's Guide to Becoming Tougher, Calmer, and More Resilient

William B. Irvine

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Norton
03 September 2019
Philosophy; History of Western philosophy; Psychology; Advice on careers & achieving success
Some people bounce back in response to setbacks; others break. We often think that these responses are hardwired, but fortunately this is not the case. Philosopher William B. Irvine combines key lessons from the ancient Stoics- thinkers including Marcus Aurelius and Seneca-with modern psychological techniques such as anchoring and framing to develop a surprisingly simple strategy for dealing with life's unpleasant surprises. These include minor setbacks like being caught in a traffic jam or having a flight cancelled, as well as major setbacks, like those experienced by physicist Stephen Hawking, who slowly lost the ability to move, and surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost an arm to a shark.
By:   William B. Irvine
Imprint:   Norton
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 218mm,  Width: 147mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   336g
ISBN:   9780393652499
ISBN 10:   0393652491
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   03 September 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

William B Irvine is professor of philosophy at Wright State University. The author of seven books, including The Stoic Challenge and A Guide to the Good Life, he has also written for the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Salon, Time, and the BBC. He lives in Dayton, Ohio.

Reviews for The Stoic Challenge: A Philosopher's Guide to Becoming Tougher, Calmer, and More Resilient

At this point, it's helpful to turn to philosophy, which can fill the gap in tough times for people who are not religiously inclined... Recent and helpful books include... William Irvine's The Stoic Challenge; all draw on original materials such as the Discourses of Epictetus and Meditations of Marcus Aurelius. One of the simple but powerful threads running through them is the need to separate what you can control from what you can't control, and focus all your thoughts and efforts on the former. -- Ceri Radford, What to read to stay sane during the coronavirus pandemic - The Independent Irvine is a warm and friendly Stoic, and one of the great guides through the subject. His congenial writing offers strategies for the anxiety-free, supple kind of sturdiness with which we should all be greeting ourselves and the world. -- Derren Brown, mentalist, illusionist, and author of Happy


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