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The False Promise of Stoicism

In this episode, Aaron Smith reads aloud his article, “The False Promise of Stoicism.” In that essay, he examines the ancient philosophy of Stoicism, which is enjoying a resurgence of interest today. Ryan Holiday, Tim Ferris, Patrick Bet-David and others are promoting Stoicism as a valuable guide for living, and it’s garnering the interest of CEOs, professional athletes and Silicon Valley tech workers. However, Smith argues, there are good reasons to steer clear of Stoicism as a guide to life and to seek a better philosophy. Smith’s article was originally published in New Ideal, the Ayn Rand Institute’s journal, on June 10, 2019.

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Aaron Smith

Aaron Smith, Ph.D. in philosophy, is a fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute where he lectures and develops educational content for the Institute’s intellectual training and outreach programs.

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