Ep 12: The Fault is in our Stars

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There are four main schools of philosophy in the classical world: Platonism, Aristotelianism, Stoicism, and Epicureanism. The first two schools have had an outsized influence on the Christian tradition, and the last school is the culture of our modern age, but the Stoic school has also infiltrated our culture in a number of ways.

Why do bad things happen to good people? This is a perennial question that numerous authors of antiquity have sought to answer. We all experience pain and suffering in our life. Is there a point? The Stoics thought that disaster is merely an opportunity to exercise virtue. What we see as evil are actually goods for they train us in discipline and excellence. Nothing evil can actually befall a good man. God does not give trials to those he hates, but to his favorite soldiers. In this episode, Austin Hoffman explores the Stoic philosophy of Seneca in his De Providentia. What can we learn about how to bear under trials from this Stoic author.


Seneca, Stoic Philosophy of Seneca: Essays and Letters