KAI WHITING

PHILOSOPHER | PROFESSOR | RESEARCHER

I am a researcher and lecturer in sustainability and Stoicism based at the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. My main research interests are how to better account for resource use and the practical application of Stoic philosophy to the challenges of the 21st century. My background is Environmental Engineering, but I recognise that without philosophy we will never understand the “why” we do what we do, which is why I combine both disciplines in my approach.

PROLOGUE

Twenty-three centuries ago, in a marketplace in Athens, Zeno of Citium, the founder of Stoicism, built his philosophy on powerful ideas that still resonate today: all human beings can become citizens of the world, regardless of their nationality, gender, or social class; happiness comes from living in harmony with nature; and, most important, humans always have the freedom to choose their attitude, even when they cannot control external circumstances. In our age of political polarization and environmental destruction, Stoicism’s empowering message has taken on new relevance. In Being Better, Kai Whiting and Leonidas Konstantakos apply Stoic principles to contemporary issues such as social justice, climate breakdown, and the excesses of global capitalism. They show that Stoicism is not an ivory-tower philosophy or a collection of Silicon Valley life hacks but a vital way of life that helps us live simply, improve our communities, and find peace in a turbulent world.

APPLY FOR MENTORSHIP

I mentor students using the Stoic methods of choice, the Socratic dialectic, and logical reasoning to help you work out how best to design your aims, achieve your goals, improve your relationships and reframe your thinking so you can journey towards what the Stoics refer to as the “good life” (eudaimonia). I also specialize in helping you to better understand your social role, your obligations towards yourself and others, and your connection to the logos (reason/cosmos) so that you can make a greater impact on a world scale!