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Being Better: Stoicism for a World Worth Living In by [Kai Whiting, Leonidas Konstantakos]

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Being Better shows why Stoicism is the go-to philosophy for our time. Kai Whiting and Leo Konstantakos give a splendid account of the ancient Stoic teachers and their relevance to such issues as communal living and sustainability. Their book stands out for its sincerity and its exploration of what it means to cultivate Stoic virtues here and now.”
— Anthony Long, Professor Emeritus of Classics and Literature at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of Epictetus: How to Be Free — An Ancient Guide to the Stoic Life

“The timeless lessons of Stoicism are more relevant than ever. In a time of disorder, Being Better is just what we need to bring them to light.”
— Chris Guillebeau, author of The Money Tree and The $100 Startup

“Do you want to live a life worth living? Try Stoicism. Do you want to try Stoicism? Read Being Better and let it be your guide.”
— Massimo Pigliucci, author of A Field Guide to a Happy Life

Being Better is the best expression of the heart of Stoic philosophy that I have found in print.”
— Matthew Van Natta, author of The Beginner’s Guide to Stoicism

“Kai and Leonidas vividly present the power and promise of the Stoic way of life and its profound relevance to the issues we face today. They gather a chorus of timeless insights and questions — from Zeno, Cleanthes, Musonius, and others — that challenge us to discover well-being, not only for ourselves but for those around us, too. Highly recommended!”
— Stephen Hanselman, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Lives of the Stoics, The Daily Stoic, and The Daily Stoic Journal

“An engaging and lively introduction to Stoicism as guidance for living. Being Better makes excellent use of ancient and modern figures to exemplify important features of Stoic practice. The book is also effective in highlighting the Stoic basis for social and political action and environmental responsibility, as well as for emotional resilience.”
— Christopher Gill, University of Exeter

Being Better is a practical introduction to Stoicism that mixes modern scholarship with ancient sources in a rigorous yet accessible way. The book deftly threads the needle of Stoic theory and practice. The authors engage the reader through thoughtful questions while painting vivid pictures of Stoic lives, both ancient and modern.”
— Gregory Lopez, founder of New York City Stoics, cofounder of the Stoic Fellowship, and coauthor of A Handbook for New Stoics

“Kai and Leo’s deep understanding of Stoic wisdom, combined with their determination to create a harmonious world, led to this beautiful book. Being Better will push the odds in your favor.”
— Jonas Salzgeber, author of The Little Book of Stoicism

“Stoic philosophy is undergoing a modern revival because it teaches us how to live calm and tranquil lives in an often crazy world beyond our control. While covering the basics of Stoicism, Being Better is a beautifully written book that also focuses on another crucial dimension of Stoic philosophy: how we as individuals can contribute to the world as a whole. Today, this includes improving society, as it did for Stoics in the past. But it also includes maintaining the health of our living planet, on which all life depends.”
— David Fideler, editor of Stoic Insights

Being Better takes us on the journey of Stoicism and personal transformation traveled by Zeno of Citium thousands of years ago, but it does so in a way that will seem very relevant and timely to readers facing modern-day problems.”
— Donald Robertson, author of How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius

Being Better is an innovative way of teaching ancient Stoic principles to a new generation. I believe now, more than ever, these principles can help transform a culture of compliance-based students into one of problem-solving citizens.”
— Don Wettrick, founder and CEO of the STARTedUP Foundation

Being Better is a gentle and clear introduction to living a Stoic life. It is like no other introductory book on Stoicism: it does not promise you the moon, it does not preach, and it does not even tempt you with the ‘best’ life — only a better one. If you want to live like a Stoic in the modern world without having to ‘update’ Stoicism, Being Better is for you. In this short book, the authors bring to life ancient Stoic principles with modern examples. Their examples include many non-Stoic practitioners of Stoic principles, such as Pat Tillman, Rosa Parks, Alex Zanardi, and Nick Hanauer. It is surprising that the authors could cover so much ground in so few pages and yet be so clear. I think it is one of the best introductions to modern Stoicism.”
— Dr. Chuck Chakrapani, editor of The Stoic magazine, Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University, and author of Unshakable Freedom

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

Based at Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium, Kai Whiting is a researcher and lecturer in environmental sustainability and Stoic philosophy.

Leonidas Konstantakos teaches in the international relations department at Florida International University. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08X8YBRJ8
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ New World Library (April 6, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ April 6, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1556 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 178 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 1608686930
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!!!
By Mariana on April 15, 2021
I enjoy reading this book very much. It provides life-changing advice in a simple and understandable way.
It also has interesting stories about early stoics and the way they developed virtues.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Being Better will help you become your best self
By Matthew Van Natta on May 3, 2021
"Being Better" is a positive presentation of a philosophy that is concerned with life; your individual life, the life of your community, and the lives of every being that inhabits this earth. It challenges us to examine our moral principles and to allow that examination to reshape our approach to others and to the world as a whole. The authors masterfully express the heart of Stoic philosophy; a philosophy that is humane, community focused, and action oriented. I wholeheartedly recommend this book and it is my hope that it becomes one of the first books to which new Stoics are exposed.
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