We are living through difficult times, in a moment when practicing or learning Stoicism is particularly appropriate. The current crisis also provides us with new opportunities, like the possibility to hold a global Stoic meetup, in this case on Epictetus’s famous manual for living a good life, the Enchiridion.
Join Massimo for a discussion of what the Enchiridion teaches us, in particular about how to handle the ongoing pandemic. The meeting is set at a time that makes it possible for people to participate from the East and West coasts of the US, Europe, and Australia.
As we are all well aware, we are in the midst of a pandemic. What should a Stoic do under these circumstances? If Stoicism is a practical philosophy, surely here is an excellent and urgent chance to test it!
Indeed, even the ancients had to deal with epidemics like the one we are facing. Socrates survived the plague in Athens during the second year of the Peloponnesian War, and Marcus Aurelius had to manage the Antonine plague, which killed millions in the Roman Empire.
Of course, we won’t be able to meet in person, for obvious reasons! So when the time comes click on this link and join us in video conference. You won’t need to have the Zoom app, the link will open in any standard browser.
When: Monday, 23 March 2020 at 6pm Eastern Standard Time
On the Firmness of the Wise Man is one of Seneca’s classics on a very peculiar topic in Stoicism: the nature of the wise person, or sage. Do sages exist? Or are they only idealizations? Can we aspire to becoming sages? If not, what’s the point of talking about them? (Hint: there is a point…)
Do the Stoics engage in mindfulness? Is it similar to the practice from the Buddhist tradition? Is it useful? What is “mindfulness” anyway? Join us and find out why the answers to these questions may make a difference in how you practice Stoicism. Or live your life.
Suicide is an obviously delicate topic, and one — for instance — about which Stoics and Epicureans disagreed vehemently. Let’s take a look at what the Stoics think about taking one’s life, under what circumstances it is permissible, and what should your friends do to dissuade or assist you.
“Wisdom” is arguably one of the most slippery, and yet important, concepts that concern us all. One way to summarize humanity’s problems over the past several millennia is that our intelligence and technology have far outpaced our wisdom. And things are likely to get worse, since our technological advancements are accelerating, possibly leading in the near future to the development of very intelligent, but unlikely to be wise, AI. Let’s explore the concept of wisdom, both inside and outside of the Stoic tradition