What he means by "paradoxes" are assertions that the Stoic philosophers made which seem counter-intuitive, or even fantastic, to most people, but whose startling formulations do make good sense within the context of the Stoic system. It provides a great introduction to some of the key ideas of Stoic Ethics.
I have five lectures lined up for listeners on this text, amounting to a bit under an hour of discussion of these key ideas and arguments. You can download them and listen to them anywhere. You can listen directly from my Soundcloud channel - or get them on iTunes /Apple Podcasts or Google Play (I hope to adding more alternative formats in the coming months).
- What is Genuinely Good and What Is Not
- Why Virtue is Sufficient for Happiness
- The Equality of Good and Bad Things
- Wisdom, Foolishness, Freedom, and Slavery
- Why Only The Wise are Rich
For those who are looking for more podcast content on Stoicism, I have started working on additional episodes on Epictetus, and I'll be releasing more of them in the coming months.