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Here is the summary description of the book:
In the tradition of How to Live and How Proust Can Change Your Life, a philosopher asks how ancient Stoicism can help us flourish today. Whenever we worry about what to eat, how to love, or simply how to be happy, we are worrying about how to lead a good life. No goal is more elusive. In How to Be a Stoic, philosopher Massimo Pigliucci offers Stoicism, the ancient philosophy that inspired the great emperor Marcus Aurelius, as the best way to attain it. Stoicism is a pragmatic philosophy that focuses our attention on what is possible and gives us perspective on what is unimportant. By understanding Stoicism, we can learn to answer crucial questions: Should we get married or divorced? How should we handle our money in a world nearly destroyed by a financial crisis? How can we survive great personal tragedy? Whoever we are, Stoicism has something for us–and How to Be a Stoic is the essential guide.
And here is the Table of Contents:
Chapter 1: The Unstraightforward Path
Chapter 2: A Road Map for the Journey
PART I. THE DISCIPLINE OF DESIRE: WHAT IT IS PROPER TO WANT OR NOT TO WANT
Chapter 3: Some Things Are in Our Power, Others Are Not
Chapter 4: Living According to Nature
Chapter 5: Playing Ball with Socrates
Chapter 6: God or Atoms?
PART II. THE DISCIPLINE OF ACTION: HOW TO BEHAVE IN THE WORLD
Chapter 7: It’s All About Character (and Virtue)
Chapter 8: A Very Crucial Word
Chapter 9: The Role of Role Models
Chapter 10: Disability and Mental Illness
PART III. THE DISCIPLINE OF ASSENT: HOW TO REACT TO SITUATIONS
Chapter 11: On Death and Suicide
Chapter 12: How to Deal with Anger, Anxiety, and Loneliness
Chapter 13: Love and Friendship
Chapter 14: Practical Spiritual Exercises
Appendix: The Hellenistic Schools of Practical Philosophy”