How does one live a good life?

This simple question can be surprisingly difficult to answer. Yet not taking an honest try at answering it (or even worse: ignoring the question entirely) can lead to the risk of misliving one's life. One of the main goals of ancient philosophy in the West was to help guide people in answering this question rigorously and well, and then helping people to live in accordance with their life's philosophy (literally "the love of wisdom").

One of the most successful and influential schools of thought in the ancient world which addressed this question was Stoicism. Stoicism taught that by cultivating personal excellence ('arete' in Greek) was all that was needed to lead a good life and flourish as a human being ('eudaimonia' in ancient Greek). To do this, the ancient Stoics taught a host of practices and a sophisticated theory of mind to help the Stoic student on the path to eudaimonia. Stoic philosophy had a huge influence on the West, from helping shape early Christianity to being a strong influence on the modern psychological movement of cognitive-behavioral therapy.

But Stoic philosophy is not only useful for those in the ancient world. For instance, James Stockdale has cited Stoic philosophy as helping him cope with the horrors of being a prisoner of war in Vietnam. Also, the University of Exeter in the UK has conducting pilot studies starting in 2012 of the effect of Stoic practices on various measures psychological well-being with promising preliminary results. Stoicism can be of great use to people in our modern era.

The goal of this meetup is to introduce Stoic philosophy as a way of life to people interested in living a more meaningful, tranquil life and to support experienced students of Stoic philosophy in their practice. While many of the meetups will be focused around reading, this is not a group for disengaged study of ancient philosophy from an academic perspective. Instead, this is a group for helping people to put Stoic philosophy into practice in their daily lives, so they can live the best life they can.

Are you ready to attempt to live a more tranquil, meaningful, and happy life? Then join us today!

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  • August 16 · 3:00 PM

    A New Stoicism I

    2 Stoics

    "After five hundred years of prominence in Greek and Roman antiquity, stoic ethics was pillaged by theology and effaced by evangelical and imperial Christianity." Thus... Learn more
  • July 18 · 4:00 PM

    Ethics, Ancient & Modern

    10 Stoics

    To continue our "year of modern Stoicism" theme, we will be exploring virtue ethics and how it relates to other modern forms of ethics. Ethics has changed a lot over the... Learn more
  • June 20 · 3:00 PM

    A Guide to the Good Life: Finale

    5 Stoics | 5.00

    For this meetup, we will complete our reading of William Irvine's A Guide to the Good Life: the Ancient Art of Stoic Joy as part of our "year of modern Stoicism" theme... Learn more
  • May 31 · 3:00 PM

    A Guide to the Good Life III

    12 Stoics | 5.00

    For this meetup, we will continue our reading of William Irvine's A Guide to the Good Life: the Ancient Art of Stoic Joy as part of our "year of modern Stoicism" theme... Learn more
  • April 26 · 3:00 PM

    A Guide to the Good Life II

    3 Stoics | 5.00

    For this meetup, we will continue our reading of William Irvine's A Guide to the Good Life: the Ancient Art of Stoic Joy as part of our "year of modern Stoicism" theme... Learn more
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