Martin O'Hagan: from the IRA to Stoicism
Ten years ago this week, Martin O'Hagan was walking home from the pub in Lurgan, Northern Ireland, when a car pulled up and a gunman shot him dead. O'Hagan had gone from a youthful stint in the Official IRA to work as an investigative journalist, courageously exposing gangs and paramilitary organizations on both sides of the Troubles. His killers have never been caught, as this recent article describes.
Martin was also, in the last years of his life, an academic and student of ancient philosophy, which he came to see could be a 'way of life'. In this article, he describes his journey to ancient philosophy. Here is a good article about O'Hagan and his idea of philosophy as a way of life, by Michael Chase, a student of Pierre Hadot's.