What we're about

Welcome to the Berlin Stoics!

We're an eclectic group of individuals who are interested in learning more about the philosophy of Stoicism, both its theoretical framework and its practical applications. We usually meet once every week, usually hosting an open discussion on a Stoic principle, reviewing a Stoic text, comparing and contrasting Stoicism with other philosophies or ideas, discussing how we've experienced Stoic training and would like to implement it in our lives, and related themes.

We welcome everyone who's interested in learning more about Stoicism, incorporating Stoic virtues into their lives, sharing related personal experiences with others, or simply having fruitful discussions about it. We also recommend a curriculum through which to study and practice it alongside a community of socially, ethically, and philosophically like-minded people. You need not consider yourself a Stoic or abide by the Stoic philosophy to participate in our events. You only need the motivation to learn and better yourself. Indeed like many of us you may be one who's not necessarily beholden to the philosophy as a whole but is rather captivated by its psychological and broader ethical and social recommendations by which to live and achieve the good life, some of which you'd like to incorporate into your own repetoire of day-to-day self-improvement and self-fulfillment strategies.

Stoicism can be characterized – and this is by no means the only version of a summary definition – as a non-doctrinal philosophy which encourages one to recognize and critique their desires and judgments, act in accordance with their personal values and treat others fairly for the sake of improving their community and society at large, and to accept the things outside of their control as they are, while changing for the better those things within their sphere of influence, in order to think more rationally and come to truth, develop virtuous character, and cultivate a eudaimonic or tranquil and meaningful life. The Stoics thought this virtuous character, the chief motivator behind practicing the philosophy, could be embodied by thinking and acting prudently, justly, temperately, and courageously.

Sometimes we even host events or set up curricular objectives in which together we focus on practicing some Stoic strategies to achieve these goals, including negative visualization, journaling, contemplating the sage, postponement of action, meditating on our desires and emotions, visualizing Hierocles' circles, and more. Other kinds of events we host include Stoic games for training and learning, social visits to museums or the park, and other adventures. Unfortunately, during the pandemic it's not possible at the moment to do all these things as it had been when we started to meet in person. For the time being we're meeting for the most part virtually.

You can find out more about Berlin Stoics as well as some resources for learning more about Stoicism at berlinstoics.com. Berlin Stoics is a part of The Stoic Fellowship (https://stoicfellowship.com/), an international non-profit organization which has built a hub of materials, resources, and a database of Stoic members who congregate in cities around the world as part of local chapters of Stoic meetups known as Stoa. You can also check out another Stoics group here in Berlin known as A good Life with Stoic Philosophy (https://www.meetup.com/a-good-life-with-stoic-philosophy/). They have no direct affiliation with Berlin Stoics and are organized by other interested Stoic practitioners in Berlin, but some members from our group sometimes attend their events, which are usually in-person (and limited) and discuss over a mug of beer how one has experienced employing particular Stoic principles and strategies in their everyday lives.

Welcome again, make sure to subscribe for notifications and to check out our upcoming events, and we while we remain indifferent, it'd be eudaimonic to see you soon.

Past events (93)

Stoic Parents

Volkspark Friedrichshain - Spielplatz Friedenstraße

Introduction to Stoicism, Level 1 Event

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Stoic Parents

Volkspark Friedrichshain - Spielplatz Friedenstraße

Marcus Aurelius and Stoicism


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