Regular Meeting on Musonius Rufus (Lectures 1-11)

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Bicycle Coffee

358 E 2nd St · Los Angeles, CA

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We will set up in the open space upstairs and at the back of the cafe

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Musonius Rufus was the teacher of Epictetus and a contemporary of Seneca. He was considered the "Roman Socrates" and - like Socrates - didn't seem to write anything. Instead, only a small collection of lectures and sayings exist today. I expect it will only take us three sessions to get through all of Musonius Rufus's extant work (August, September, October). Like Epictetus (and Socrates), Musonius is very practical in his advice. He was also very controversial (for his time) as a proponent of a more egalitarian and feminist approach to philosophy.

The preferred translation is by Cynthia King; an adequate public domain version can be found at


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These regular meetings tend to proceed as follows...
1. The facilitator makes any administrative announcements there may be
2. Attendees share experiences with implementing any Stoic exercises/techniques
3. Attendees share insights gleaned from any ‘outside reading’
4. The main discussion proceeds until the end of the session

In terms of preparing for the main discussion, you may...
1. select a passage or two to share and discuss;
2. think of questions to propose (or answer) and/or
3. email me in advance (lastoics[at]gmail[dot]com) if you would like to ensure we cover something that you find particularly meaningful.

See you then!
-- Justin K.