William B. Irvine

Literary Website

The Stoic Challenge

The Stoic Challenge is a sequel to my Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy.  In that book, I described Stoicism in general terms; in this book, I focus my attention on how Stoicism can be used to deal with the setbacks we experience in daily living.  Some are small, others are catastrophic.  Unless we are prepared to deal with them, though, our lives are likely to be filled with unnecessary stress and anxiety.  This book weaves together ancient Stoic philosophy and modern psychology to provide an actionable strategy for dealing with life's setbacks.

For your reading pleasure
A Stoic poem by Olivia Hajioff   
My 21st Century Stoic Essays
An essay:  Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in proper Stoic fashion
For your listening pleasure
Stoic Rap

Coming events

To be announced...

Recent events

Interview for  the Contemplative Leadership Speaker Series, Stanford Graduate School of Business, May 5


Lecture at the 2021 California Cognitive Science Conference at University of California at Berkeley on April 24 (presented virtually)

Lecture at Youngstown State University (presented virtually on March 4)

In-house interview for Neuberger Berman Group in February

The 2020 Sibley Lecture at Alfred University  (presented virtually on October 20, 2020)

Lecture (via Zoom) at Oliver Wolcott Library in Litchfield, CT.  July 14, 2020 at 7pm.

Online shelter-in-place lecture for W. W. Norton, April 16, 2020