[This is a chapter from a book I am writing on Stoic spiritual exercises. It's quite long for a blog post, but I'd welcome any feedback on it. Jules] Perhaps the Stoic spiritual exercise that has fallen furthest from popularity and common usage is the memento mori, the remembrance of death. This is surprising, and Read more…

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In my post below, ‘Philosophy is Dead’, I argued against the simplistic idea that our reason is, or should be, entirely the handmaiden of our instincts and passions, which is what David Brooks argued in an NYT op-ed.  I was heartened to find support for my idea from an esteemed neuroscientist, Rita Levi-Montalcini, who is Read more…

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