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William B. Irvine

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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.

Recent events

Lecture at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, January 4, 2022

Interview for  the Contemplative Leadership Speaker Series, Stanford Graduate School of Business, May 5, 2021


Lecture at the 2021 California Cognitive Science Conference at University of California at Berkeley on April 24 

Lecture at Youngstown State University, March 4, 2021

The 2020 Sibley Lecture at Alfred University, October 20, 2020

Coming events


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