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This is a group dedicated to reading and talking about Stoicism -- philosophical works by all Stoics from Antiquity to Modernity. The readings and the pace at which we do them will be dictated by the group; the discussions will be primarily 'socratic;' and the atmosphere should be very comfortable and welcoming. The reasons you might have for joining us may include A) you want to critically engage in Stoic theory for the sheer intellectual pleasure of it; B) you want to learn about and apply Stoic practice for the therapeutic benefits; or C) both! We meet in and around Downtown LA but, we are known to branch out and conduct smaller groups elsewhere. Again, check out our website: http://www.losangelesstoics.com .

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Theory Meeting on Stoic Physics

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This is a meeting of the "Theory Subgroup.” It is dedicated to reading more difficult, technical texts. I call it a "subgroup" because it is subordinate to the main group (which meets on 2nd Saturdays); I would discourage members from attending this meeting and learning theory without also applying that knowledge through regular practice. That being said, all are welcome and all will be accepted regardless of background or level of preparedness -- I'm just happy to talk to folks enthusiastic about Stoicism! READING: The Stoic Reader, Texts[masked] (pp. 85-100) LOCATION: The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf in Little Tokyo TIME: 4th Tuesday of the Month (May 28), 6pm-8pm [location and time are subject to change upon member request] Inwood & Gerson's The Stoic Reader (2008) compiles the earliest material on the Greek Stoics. This week's reading amounts to the rest of the "Physics” portion of the reader. Texts[masked] include sections on "Bodily and Non-bodily Realities," "Structures and Powers," "The Soul," and "Fate." In terms of preparing, please A) select a few passages to share and discuss; B) think of questions to propose (or answer) and C) email me in advance (lastoics[at]gmail[dot]com) if you would like to ensure we cover something that you find particularly meaningful. Lastly, please contact me with your email address if you need a PDF copy of the reading. Otherwise, I encourage you to purchase a text or digital version of the book. See you then! -- Justin K.

Regular Meeting on "How to Be a Stoic" Ch. 12-14

We will discuss Massimo Pigliucci’s HOW TO BE A STOIC, CH. 12-14 (Finishing the book!). The location is TBD but I am leaning towards Grand Park near Spring St. I will finalize it before the end of May. The reading amounts to the rest of "Part III” on the "Discipline of Assent" (a.k.a. Stoic Mindfulness) and the study of Stoic Logic. It also includes a list of 12 practical “spiritual exercises” (Ch. 14) that are meant to help us apply what we’ve learned so far. In terms of preparing, please A) select a passage or two to share and discuss; B) think of questions to propose (or answer) and/or C) email me in advance (lastoics[at]gmail[dot]com) if you would like to ensure we cover something that you find particularly meaningful. Lastly, please contact me with your email address if you REALLY need a PDF copy of the reading. Otherwise, I encourage you to purchase a text or digital version of the book. See you then! -- Justin K.

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Regular Meeting on "How to Be a Stoic" Ch. 9-11

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