Sharon Lebell is a modern philosopher, author, speaker, and musician widely known for her international bestseller The Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness. She is a strong proponent of expressing philosophy in accessible language so that anyone can apply it to better his or her life. Her greatest joy is inspiring others to find meaning, to make meaning, to use one’s life for good, and to grow a vibrant contemplative life in a fragmented world.
“Caretake this moment. Immerse yourself in its particulars.” – Epictetus
Exploring practical wisdom for living a meaningful life.
“Maxims for Maximal Living” by Sharon Lebell highlights the struggle of staying true to philosophical principles amid life’s distractions. Lebell suggests that simple Stoic maxims act as powerful reminders, helping us swiftly realign with our ideals in the midst of daily challenges. She shares a few favorite maxims from her
“Stoicism and Wabi-Sabi” explores the parallel concepts of progress over perfection in Stoic philosophy and the aesthetic philosophy of wabi-sabi. The article draws connections between the appreciation of imperfection, impermanence, and the beauty in the mundane. Both Stoicism and wabi-sabi encourage us to embrace the present moment and find virtue
This article delves into Stoicism’s role in a philosophical life, emphasizing the integration of “We” virtues alongside traditional “I” virtues. It explores the significance of vulnerability, interdependence, and authentic relationships in ethical philosophy. By challenging conventional Stoic views, the author highlights the importance of a holistic approach to human flourishing
Amidst Putin’s war on Ukraine, the author contemplates Stoic virtue in adversity. President Zelenskyy and the Ukrainian people embody courage, temperance, justice, and wisdom, demonstrating resilience and leadership. Rejecting revenge, they stand for ethical clarity. Their example offers a prescriptive guide to navigate challenges with Stoic ideals.
In this introspective piece, the author grapples with the concept of virtue and its determinants. The article navigates the challenges of defining virtue, exploring its contextual nature within various frameworks. It raises questions about the source of moral authority and the paradox of moral absolutes versus situational judgments. Readers are