What we're about

London Stoics is for anyone interested in studying and, above all, practicing the philosophy of Stoicism: to cultivate ‘virtue’ or 'excellence of character' and to free oneself from getting worked up about what is outside our control.

Members who are new to Stoicism are kindly invited to familiarise themselves with the primary sources: Marcus Aurelius' Meditations, Seneca's Letters and Epictetus' Enchiridion and Discourses .

London Stoics is part of the Stoic Fellowship, an international community whose aim is to foster the knowledge and practice of Stoicism through on-line and in-person activities throughout the world.

During our meetings, recording (audio/video) is prohibited.

Upcoming events (1)

Seneca's Letters from a Stoic - 7

Needs a location

£5.00

Letter 7 - On Crowds
https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Moral_letters_to_Lucilius/Letter_7

Reading Time - 6 minutes
Knowledge of prior Letters is not required

For several years of his turbulent life, in which he was dogged by ill health, exile and danger, Lucius Annaeus Seneca was the guiding hand of the Roman Empire.

Seneca's letters shine a light on the ideals of Stoicism:
https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Moral_letters_to_Lucilius

Questions we'll explore

  1. Why is it that to consort with the crowd is harmful?
  2. Are there modern equivalents to lounging at the games?
  3. How and to what extent are you influenced by the crowd?
  4. If you cannot hold fast to righteousness, how should you be rescued from the mob?
  5. Are there examples where a crowd has served a constructive purpose?
  6. Are you equally content with few, content with one, content with none at all?
  7. Should you scorn the pleasure which comes from the applause of the majority?

Instructions

  • arrive at the start time
  • read the Letter before session
  • review the Questions

To fund the Meetup subscription and London Stoics a £5 fee is payable. To minimise admin, there are no refunds/credits unless the meeting is cancelled or rescheduled.

If you sign up and can no longer attend, please Edit RSVP asap to "Not going" so someone else can take your spot.

If the event is full, please check this Meetup page on the day of the event, as a spot may become available if there is a late cancellation.

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Seneca's Letters from a Stoic - 6

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