• A Field Guide to a Happy Life

  • 53 Brief Lessons for Living
  • By: Massimo Pigliucci
  • Narrated by: Peter Coleman
  • Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

A brilliant philosopher reimagines Stoicism for our modern age in this thought-provoking guide to a better life.

For more than 2,000 years, Stoicism has offered a message of resilience in the face of hardship. Little wonder, then, that it is having such a revival in our own troubled times. But there is no denying how weird it can be: Is it really the case that we shouldn't care about our work, our loved ones, or our own lives? According to the old Stoics, yes.

In A Field Guide to a Happy Life, philosopher Massimo Pigliucci offers a renewed Stoicism that reflects modern science and sensibilities. Pigliucci embraces the joyful bonds of affection, the satisfactions of a job well done, and the grief that attends loss. In his hands, Stoicism isn't about feats of indifference, but about enduring pain without being overwhelmed, while enjoying pleasures without losing our heads. In short, he makes Stoicism into a philosophy all of us - whether committed Stoics or simply seekers - can use to live better.

©2020 Massimo Pigliucci (P)2020 Basic Books

Critic Reviews

"A shrewd take on Stoic philosophy that's one part inspiration and one part manual for cultivating resilience in daily life. Pigliucci's prudent advice will have broad appeal among philosophically inclined readers of self-help." (Publishers Weekly)

"A wonderfully fun introduction to Stoic philosophy, bursting with practical wisdom and engaging stories. I particularly admire how Pigliucci revisits and reinterprets Epictetus's Enchiridion while showing why we need a 'Stoicism 2.0' for twenty-first century happiness, and clearly illustrating how his version differs from the original. It's an excellent book, written in Pigliucci's splendidly lucid and accessible style." (Skye C. Cleary, author of Existentialism and Romantic Love)

"This is a bold, contemporary updating of Stoicism for the present day. Taking the ancient Stoic Epictetus as his inspiration, Pigliucci has rewritten Epictetus's Handbook in order to update it, make it more relevant to a modern audience, but also to ensure that the core Stoic ideas shine through. The result is what Pigliucci calls Stoicism 2.0. This is a manual for living for those who approach the ancient Stoics as guides, not masters." (John Sellars, author of Stoicism)

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Another great stoic book by Massimo Pigliucci.

I would "prefer" that it was longer... but all "good" things must come to an end... the narrator was great, and for someone who enjoys audio books that's very important.
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Nice modern language translation the Enchiridion

Massimo put a modern spin on the Hand Book. Thank you for the insight. I'm listening to it for the second time today.
Thank you.

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