Fear and Anxiety

"When I see somebody in a state of anxiety, I say, ‘What can this man want?’ Unless he wanted something or other which is not in his own power, how could he still be anxious?"

~Epictetus, Discourses 2.13

At our June meetup, we will conclude our current series of the Stoics' take on the passions by examining fear and anxiety by reading selections from Epictetus and Seneca.

To prepare, please read the following:

Epictetus' Discourses, Book II, Chapter 13, entitled On Anxiety which can be found here
Seneca's 13th Moral Letter to Lucilius, entitled On Groundless Fears, which can be read here

As usual, please select at least one passage from the reading that you would like to discuss in detail at the meetup and bring it with you so that we can read it aloud and talk about it.

Come and let us explore how the Stoics viewed these prevalent passions together.

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  • David C.

    Thanks, everyone, for a really fun and informative discussion! Nice touch meeting under the stoa of 60 Wall Street's atrium!

    1 · July 1, 2013

  • Greg

    Have a table now toward the center

    June 30, 2013

  • Greg

    Currently sitting on the central pillar. Nobody hear yet. Will get a table once people start arriving. Forgot to bring books to ID us this time. But I'm a tall guy with glasses and a striped shirt.

    June 30, 2013

  • Jerry Z

    Something came up. Maybe next time.

    June 30, 2013

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