Stoicism and Martial Arts with Michael Tremblay
Listen to Donald and Michael discussing Socrates, Stoicism, wrestling and athletics
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?