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 may branch out in the future - stay tuned! Again, check out our website: http://www.losangelesstoics.com .
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 the 2nd Saturday of each month); 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: Margaret Graver’s Stoicism and Emotion (2007), Intro & Ch. 1
LOCATION: Angel City Brewery [see below of "how to find us"] NOTE: you need to be 21 or over to enter the premises. Let me know if this affects your attendance!
TIME: SEPT. 25, 7pm-9pm
[location and time are open to change upon member request]
Description of Margaret Graver’s Stoicism and Emotion: “On the surface, stoicism and emotion seem like contradictory terms. Yet the Stoic philosophers of ancient Greece and Rome were deeply interested in the emotions, which they understood as complex judgments about what we regard as valuable in our surroundings. Stoicism and Emotion shows that they did not simply advocate an across-the-board suppression of feeling, as stoicism implies in today's English, but instead conducted a searching examination of these powerful psychological responses, seeking to understand what attitude toward them expresses the deepest respect for human potential.”
In terms of preparing, you MAY A) select a few passages 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 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.