About This Show
Justin Vacula produces content about Stoic Philosophy; serves as co-organizer and spokesperson for the Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) Freethought Society; and hosts monthly Stoic Philosophy discussion groups for the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia.
He has appeared on and hosted various radio shows and podcasts; participated in formal debates and discussions; was a guest speaker for college-level courses; was featured in local, national, and international news; and has been invited to speak at various national, local, and statewide events.
Vacula received bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology, a minor in Professional Writing, and the distinguished W.A. Kilburn Memorial Award for Philosophy from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He is pursuing a degree in Marywood University’s graduate-level Mental Health Counseling program and formerly worked for the Arc of Luzerne County’s Transition to Community Employment program as a teacher’s assistant and job coach alongside adult learners with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
He also plays poker; is an active World of Warcraft raider who streams gameplay on Twitch; volunteers as a member of the website and media team for the Greyhawk Reborn Dungeons & Dragons campaign and plays at events in the Eastern United States; and enjoys metal music.
Most Recent Episode
Stoic Philosophy: Acceptance
7 days ago
I talk about the benefits of a mindset including an attitude of acceptance drawing upon passages from 'Seneca's Letters From a Stoic.' Rather than merely complaining -- lamenting our situation in life and events happening around us which are outside our control -- we can work to improve our mindset by being more content and in doing so reduce our anger, stress levels, and anxiety. We can work to be aware of our emotions, prepare for hardships, and respond to events more appropriately with an attitude of acceptance.
My Stoic Philosophy series explores the tradition of Stoicism with goals to inform, empower, and help others benefit from practical wisdom of Ancient Greek, Roman, and modern thinkers including Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, and Seneca.
For the Stoics, a main focus is pursuing virtue to attain a well-examined life through practical applications of Philosophy – acting with good character, using reason to form accurate careful judgments about the world, and achieving contentment. Stoic writers focus on many perennial human concerns and urge people to take action applying what they learn to everyday life. Self-improvement -- strengthening and improving one's mindset and life -- is central to Stoic thought.
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Marcus Aurelius' Meditations:
Seneca's Letters to a Stoic
Stoic Philosophy – Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy:
Massimo Pigliucci's Stoicism blog:
Stoic Philosophy Fac