In their writings, Stoic philosophers have many references to sport. But how did the Stoics think about a good life and a meaningful life? What role might sport have in all this?
And most importantly: How can we cultivate stoic virtues when we are practising sport?
The first part of our episode with Michael Tremblay focuses on exploring central ideas of Stoic philosophy and their relevance for sport. We explore the key differences between Stoicism and existentialism, and what is contained in ideas of happiness, meaning and purpose.
We also discuss the ways that sport brings artificial obstacles to our lives and makes life more difficult. Michael shares several examples of how sport features in Stoic philosophy.
Michael Tremblay is a PhD Candidate in Philosophy at Queen’s University, in Ontario, Canada. His research focuses on Ancient Greek Philosophy, particularly Stoicism, and what it can teach us about how to live meaningful lives and become better people. Outside of Philosophy, he is a competitive martial artist, having a competed internationally in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and professionally in mixed martial arts.