Stoicism Depicted & Defined

This minimalist graphic and the accompanying short definition of Stoicism comes from Philographics by Genís Carreras. The term “philographics” nicely conveys his project, which combines the idea of philosophy graphics and the love of imagery. Carreras attempts to convey philosophy’s big ideas in simple geometrical shapes.

Here, concentric squares arranged like the walls of a castle reinforces the abstract concept of Stoicism. Reflecting the Stoic philosophy of Marcus Aurelius, Carreras describes the soul, or as the metaphysicians among us say, the guiding principle within,  the ‘inner citadel,’ an impregnable stronghold of individual freedom. This graphic nicely captures the idea of Stoicism as a personal fortress that protects an inner peace—represented by the white space—in the center and concentric walls of increasing darkness protecting the self. The square sequence reinforces the ideals of control, order and rationality that the ancient Stoics held dear.

Stoicism. The principle that emotional and physical self-control leads to inner peace and strength, allowing one to live a happier life.

What is Stoicism?

Stoicism Postcard from Philographics: Postcard Book by Genís Carreras


An equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius at Rome’s Capitoline Museums. (Wikimedia Commons)


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