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Seminar: Seneca on anger and the shortness of life

NB Please ignore the notice that this series only runs until October (and please note that the November date is 27 November, not 26 November). It will go on after that, but when I changed the text to give better directions, the Meetup site split the series in two.

At each seminar, we discuss a short philosophical text, or tackle a philosophical question. This month's main text is Seneca's On the Shortness of Life, although we will also look at On Anger. Anja will bring some handouts with relevant extracts from On Anger. On the Shortness of Life is available here:

We want to keep these events reasonably small, so that we can keep the discussion focused, and so that everyone can participate. Please book your place by using the RSVP button. If you book and then find that you cannot make it, please cancel your booking, so that someone else can take your place.

The venue is the main ground floor foyer of the National Theatre on the South Bank. We will try to be as near to the downstream end as we can (the end furthest from Waterloo Bridge). If you are in doubt, come into the foyer, find the Lyttleton cloakroom, stand just in front of it, facing the cloakroom counter, and look in the alcove of half a dozen tables to your left. We will try to be there, but if it is occupied, we will have to move up towards the area in front of the Long Bar.

We will normally start at 7.45 pm, but when the main theatre's play starts at 8, we will start at 8.15, so that the foyer is clear for us. Please check each event, to confirm the time.

This seminar will be conducted by Anja Steinbauer.

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  • Tom D.

    I really enjoyed this opportunity to learn and to discuss. Thank you, Anja, and Richard, for putting this on, and all my fellow attendees too, it was a wonderful little evening's education.

    September 27, 2013

  • neela B.

    looking forward to attend but waiting list is putting off.

    September 25, 2013

    • Richard B.

      Yes, this is a problem. It is great that these seminars are popular, but it is unfortunate when people find that there is not enough space for them. Since we cannot really have a large group in the space available, and we do want to keep the discussion well-focused, I think we need to try the system for another couple of seminars, and then think about whether we want to make any changes in the new year. (These are the only Philosophy for All events where we do impose a limit on numbers in advance.)

      September 25, 2013

  • Emerson R.

    I just wanted to say that I did nit attend the seminar today because I was initially on a waiting list and only received a message confirming my place at 6:00 p.m. today and I was already engaged on another commitment. This was a real shame as I wanted to attend the seminar. I hope next time I get a message confirming a place some few hours earlier.

    September 25, 2013

    • Richard B.

      Sorry about that. My understanding of the system is that when someone changes from saying they will come, to saying they will not come, the person at the top of the waiting list is automatically sent a message to say they can come. So if someone changes from "yes" to "no" just before the meeting, someone else will get a message at short notice.

      September 25, 2013

  • hamed

    I just wonder if I should attend to this meetup or not as I am on waiting list?!

    September 25, 2013

  • Juliana

    Can make it, unfortunately. I offered my place to a friend but I reckon she can' either as she hasn't replied yet.

    September 25, 2013

  • bianca

    Sorry, don't have time to prepare for tonight so free up the space for others.

    September 25, 2013

  • gita s.

    My experience of meetup is that some people dont show up! maybe the organisers could send mail to those who've rsvp's Y to change it if their plans have changed, creates space for those on waiting list

    September 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would it be possible to do a spin-off in the same location? Lots of people on the waiting list and the NT foyer is big!

    September 24, 2013

    • Richard B.

      Hello Tim

      Yes, these seminars are proving to be rather popular, which is great. We need to think about what to do about that. Two things make me stop and think before agreeing to run spin-off groups. The first one is that while the foyer is large, there is one ideal niche right at the downstream end, and other areas are not so good. The second one is that we would need someone to lead each discussion, to do enough preparation in advance, and to commit in advance to taking on that role, unless a spin-off group would be happy to leave it to chance as to whether there would be someone reasonably well-informed about the text in the group. (Anja and I have agreed that we will each take on some of the seminars, so we may not both be at all of them. I took the first two, Anja will take this one and October's, and I shall take November's.)

      All thoughts on the question of extra groups would be most welcome.


      September 24, 2013

  • Anja S.

    Dear All,

    Looking forward to our discussion tomorrow. The main text will be Seneca's On the Shortness of Life (, but we will compliment it with some of his insights from the famous On Anger. I'll bring some handouts with relevant quotations.

    See you there!


    September 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will a link to a text be provided?

    September 9, 2013

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