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Stoic Ethics

Finally! At long last my video on Stoic Ethics is up!


I’ve compiled my Introduction to Stoicism videos into a playlist here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLd9Iy2jGcyBU-leKECfFzBnPrO2f5H8Yh

I’m going to check all the great feedback I’ve gotten to date, and if there’s enough material I’ll do a quick Stoic Q&A video.

Otherwise the video channel will move on to another topic. Thanks for all the great questions and of course just for watching. If you want to parley you can find me at https://parler.com/profile/GreatNoontide/posts, in addition to here, YouTube and my FB page.

Stoic Logic

As promised, here’s an overview on Stoic Logic.

This one is a little dry, but wait for the Easter egg at the end!

Sorry about the awkward jump cut at the conclusion. My focus was starting to wane and I don’t want to take the time to re-shoot. Hopefully the next video will be a little cleaner.

Megara: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megara





Philosophy and combat sports

My friend The Mountain Stoic on the relationship between philosophy and the practice of warriors.

Mountain Stoic

“The art of life is more like the wrestler’s art than the dancer’s,in respect of this, that it should stand ready and firm to meet onsets which are sudden and unexpected.”

— Marcus, Meditations, Book VII

This weekend I am headed to Philadelphia to compete in the US Amateur Nationals Competition in Japanese Sumo Wrestling. I have been training in Sumo for a short six months, and competed in two regional competitions so far. Sumo is a bit more complicated than the American stereotype: there are 82 different winning moves, and more than a handful of moves which cause you to immediately lose. It is the successor to a Shintō ritual, a cosmological archetype of law vs chaos. The Way of Salt, is quite a thing to become familiar with.

Many ancient philosophers participated in or used as reference combat sports. Plato was a boxer, the Cynics and Antisthenes literally…

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