What I Learned From Translating

I recently published a translation of Stoic Paradoxes, a work of ethical philosophy.  It was without doubt one of the most difficult projects I had undertaken, for reasons that I will try to explain here.  Translating is a vastly different experience from conventional “writing.”  You have to use an entirely new set of motor skills.

Here are some of the lessons I took away from the project:

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Stoic Paradoxes Is Now Available

My third book, Stoic Paradoxes, is now available on Amazon.  

It is offered in both Kindle edition and in paperback.  Click on the cover image above.

I wanted to use this post to explain what the book is about, and why it is an important addition to the literature on Stoicism.

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The Conquest Of Anxiety And Fear


The foremost lesson of philosophy should be the lesson of perspective.  When I say perspective, I mean the different interpretation of events that can be given from viewing the matter from different vantage points.

What we think is a product of our relative position to an issue.

You say to me, how oppressed I am with earthly worries and anxieties.  I can barely continue in my day-to-day struggle.  I feel overwhelmed by the brutality and iniquity of the world.

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An Excerpt From The Upcoming “Stoic Paradoxes”


This fall, I will be releasing a translation of Cicero’s Stoic Paradoxes.  The book deals with some of the major questions on life and conduct that every man must confront.

The book came about in response to the many questions I received asking for good introductory texts on Stoicism.  I feel that this little book is a very useful preparatory work in the subject.

I have produced a modern and accessible translation of this work.  There will also be separate chapters on the life of Cicero, the history of Stoic thought, and a detailed synopsis of the text.  These extra materials help frame the work in proper context.

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Coming This Fall: Stoic Paradoxes


Stoicism has proven itself to be an enduring and influential philosophy.

It may not have attracted the greatest number of adherents when compared to other schools of philosophy, but the men that it did attract tended to be the best men.

Cicero, whose name is synonymous with eloquence, wrote a great deal on Stoicism.

I will be releasing a new book this coming fall.

I have decided to issue a fresh, new translation of one of Cicero’s lesser known works, a treatise called Stoic Paradoxes.

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