Being Better



Kai Whiting

Leonidas Konstantakos

New World Library

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Trade paperback
256 pages

Stoicism for a World Worth Living In

  • Practical answers to the urgent moral questions of our time from the ancient philosophy of Stoicism
  • Presents Stoicism as a holistic philosophy that goes beyond life hacks
  • Moves away from the “dead white men” focus of traditional classics scholarship by demonstrating that Stoicism has always been relevant to women and people of color
  • Stoicism has recently been featured in publications such as the Guardian, the Nation, and the New York Times
  • The authors have published articles on popular blogs such as The Daily Stoic (100,000 subscribers), The Partially Examined Life (19,000+ Twitter followers), and Donna Zuckerberg’s EidolonTwenty-three centuries ago, in a marketplace in Athens, Zeno of Citium, the founder of Stoicism, built his philosophy on powerful ideas that still resonate today: all human beings can become citizens of the world, regardless of their nationality, gender, or social class; happiness comes from living in harmony with nature; and, most important, humans always have the freedom to choose their attitude, even when they cannot control external circumstances. This empowering message led a wide array of people, from the slave Epictetus to the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, to embrace the philosophy. In our age of political polarization and environmental destruction, Stoicism has taken on new relevance. In Being Better, Kai Whiting and Leonidas Konstantakos apply Stoic principles to contemporary issues such as social justice, climate breakdown, and the excesses of global capitalism. Above all, they show that Stoicism is not an ivory-tower philosophy or a collection of Silicon Valley life hacks, but a vital way of life that helps us live simply, improve our communities, and find peace in a turbulent world.

Kai Whiting

Based at the UCLouvain in Belgium, KAI WHITING is a researcher and lecturer in environmental sustainability and Stoic philosophy.

Leonidas Konstantakos

LEONIDAS KONSTANTAKOS teaches in the international relations department at Flor- ida International University.
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