Philosophy for Any Life: an open-source self-help book

Philosophy for Any Life: an open-source self-help book

By Zachary G. Augustine
Book Description

You find yourself in an endless forest, walking past trees like rockets. The smell of dry pine about to ignite. You see a deer, and its eyes are trying to tell you something...but what? These are some of the images of philosophy in action – the scenes you will visit and learn from. 

For the initiated, Augustine offers an exhortation inspired by theMeditations of Marcus Aurelius, yet everyone who struggles will find comfort in the energetic dialogues, essays, and letters within. Philosophy for Any Life embraces topics such as death, fire, chickens, anxiety, the unity of nature, sex, mindfulness, getting out of bed in the morning, anger, habit, resolve, suffering, and judgment all from the point of view of a Stoic philosopher. Thousands of years of ancient wisdom are rekindled in a fresh, modern style.

Print editions available via the author's website.

Table of Contents
  • Front Cover
  • Contents
  • Introduction: Philosophy and You
  • Part I: Life
    • Power
    • Fundamentals
    • Three Stoic Disciplines
    • Chicken
    • Simple Rules
    • Patterns in Nature
    • Virtue in the Storm
    • Macedonia
    • Parts of the Whole
    • Flex
    • Dis-ease (Mental Health)
    • Exhale
  • Part II: Liberty
    • Bottom of the Barrel
    • Free Your Mind
    • Simplicity’s Deception
    • Gilded Pleasures
    • How to Read
    • Bighorn Basin
    • Trees from Ash
    • The Social Animal
    • Leather
    • Flux
    • Frozen Feet
    • K(no)w Limits
  • Part III: and the Pursuit
    • Choice
    • Please Shut Up
    • Effort
    • Do It
    • Incendiary
    • Habit
    • Resolve
    • Tough and Competent
    • Digestion
    • Premolars
    • No Small Difference
    • The View from Above
    • Colossal
    • The Hero Appears
    • The Last Good Emperor
    • Light a Fire
    • To Be…
  • Conclusion: Choose
  • Appendices
    • Appendix A: Letter to the Reader
    • Appendix B: Timeline of Practical Philosophy
    • Appendix C: English Translations of the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius
    • Appendix D: Videos
    • Appendix E: Further Reading
  • Notes
  • References
  • Acknowledgments
  • Back Cover
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