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.

For your reading pleasure
My 21st Century Stoic Essays
An essay:  Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in proper Stoic fashion

Coming events


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


Lecture at the Optimize Conference in Los Angeles. December 7-11, 2020

The 2020 Sibley Lecture at Alfred University in Alfred, NY -- EVENT RESCHEDULED FOR 2021

The keynote address  at StoiconX in Toronto -- EVENT RESCHEDULED FOR 2021

Recent events
April 18: Meetup event:


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

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