May 11 • 1HR 3M

Stoicism and Martial Arts with Michael Tremblay

Listen to Donald and Michael discussing Socrates, Stoicism, wrestling and athletics

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Appears in this episode

Donald J. Robertson
Michael Tremblay
Donald Robertson, the author of "How to Think Like a Roman Emperor", and a cognitive-behavioral therapist, talks about how to apply Stoicism in the modern world, discussing philosophy, psychology and self-improvement with guests from all walks of life. Available on Google and Apple podcasts.
Episode details

In this episode, Donald talks with Michael Tremblay. Michael is the co-founder of the Stoa Meditation app and co-host of the Stoa Conversations podcast.  He has a doctorate in philosophy from Queens University in Ontario.  His research has focused on moral education in the Stoics, and philosophy as a way of life.  He’s also a wrestler and a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.

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  • How did you become interested in ancient philosophy and why Stoicism rather than Buddhism?

  • What is the main thing that we can learn from Epictetus about moral education

  • What we can learn from the use of athletic imagery as a metaphor for philosophy in Epictetus and other ancient sources

  • Marcus says the “art of living” is more like wrestling than dancing – do you agree?

  • The relationship between martial arts, like BJJ, and Stoic askesis

  • Could athletic or martial arts training ever conflict with the goals of Stoicism?