Modern Stoicism: A Critique
Realization of a Trend
A few years ago, I first became cognizant of the widespread appeal of stoicism in modern culture at a family reunion. Somehow my cousin and I had both found ourselves outside on my aunt’s patio reading our books. I cannot recall what book had me engrossed, but I do remember that when I glanced over at my cousin reclining on a swinging chair nearby I saw the Oxford edition of Marcus Aurelius’ Writings on his lap. “How interesting” I thought when I saw the book; “Maybe the classics have made a comeback.” But had they? Not exactly.