No, John, I most obviously don’t want to turn Stoicism into a religion. I don’t think of Epictetus as Jesus, or the Enchiridion as scripture.

That said, both religions and philosophies of life have the same goal and a similar structure. They are meant to help people make sense of things and live a good life. They do this by way of a metaphysics (an account of how the world hangs together) and an ethics (an account of how we should live in the world). I just think that philosophy beats the crap out of religion when it comes to the soundness of the approach.

Stoicism, ethics, and philosophy of science. Complete index, by subject, at https://figsinwinter.blog/essays/

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