• Musonius Rufus, Pt. 2 (Regular Meeting)

    Bicycle Coffee

    Musonius Rufus was the teacher of Epictetus and a contemporary of Seneca. Like Epictetus (and Socrates), Musonius is very practical in his advice. He was also very provocative as a proponent of a more egalitarian and feminist approach to doing philosophy. The preferred translation is by Cynthia King; an adequate public domain version can be found at TheStoicLife.org... We will be focusing on the following: Lectures 12-21 (XII-XXI) [pp. 55-81 in King's translation] Sayings (Fragments) [pp. 85-92] Musonius in Philostratus (not available on TheStoicLife.org) [pp. 93-94] Letter to Pankratides (not available on TheStoicLife.org) [pp. 95-98] PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU NEED A PDF OF THE READING - - - 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.

  • Theory Meeting on "Later Stoic Ethics"

    Angel City Brewery

    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: The Stoic Reader, Texts[masked] (pp. [masked]) 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: AUGUST 28, 7pm-9pm [location and time are open to change upon member request] Inwood & Gerson's The Stoic Reader (2008) compiles the earliest material on the Greek Stoics. Now that we looked at early accounts of Stoic Ethics (e.g., from Arius Didymus and Cicero and other non-stoic contemporaries), we will be finishing the book by looking at the later accounts of Stoic Ethics (Musonius Rufus, Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius). 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.

  • Regular Meeting on Musonius Rufus (Lectures 1-11)

    Bicycle Coffee

    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 TheStoicLife.org. PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU NEED A PDF OF THE READING - - - 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.

  • Theory Meeting on Stoic Ethics (Part 2)

    Angel City Brewery

    NOTE: THIS MEETING HAS BEEN POSTPONED ONE WEEK. NORMALLY, IT IS HELD ON THE 4TH WEDNESDAY. THIS MONTH, IT WILL BE HELD ON THE 5TH WEDNESDAY. MY APOLOGIES FOR ANY CONFUSION OR INCONVENIENCE. 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: The Stoic Reader, Texts[masked] (pp. [masked]) LOCATION: Angel City Brewery [at a table underneath stairs inside] TIME: JULY 31, 7pm-9pm [REVISED FROM JULY 24] [location and time are open to change upon member request] Inwood & Gerson's The Stoic Reader (2008) compiles the earliest material on the Greek Stoics. This week's reading finishes up the book itself by looking at some early accounts of Stoic Ethics (most notably, that of Cicero) and also some critiques (most notably, from the Hellenistic skeptics) 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.

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  • Special Meeting on Stoicism while Hiking

    Elysian Park

    This meeting will take the form of a walk/hike through Elysian Park. We will meet at the corner of N. Broadway Ave. and Casanova St. We will start the hike a little after 9:00 am. The entire trip will be LESS than 3 miles and should take LESS than 2 hours to walk, fate permitting. I will bring a small print-out full of relevant Stoic quotations that we can reflect on as we walk (about nature and how one can practice Stoicism on the go). Feel free to bring anything Stoic-related to share... but feel free NOT to bring anything, except what you might want for a hike... WHAT SHOULD YOU BRING: First, some comfy walking shoes - hiking boots or running shoes seems fine. Second, water. Third, a shady hat and/or sunglasses. Optional: we may encounter some tall plants, so consider wearing long socks or pants. MORE DETAILS ON HIKE: I plan to make the hike a loop... The first 1800 ft. (with an elevation gain of 215 ft.) to the top of Buena Vista Hill is the only semi-strenuous part of the trip. After admiring the view of DTLA, we´ll proceed down Buena Vista Dr. / Park Row Dr. until we get to the head of a leisurely dirt trail, which will take us to Angel´s Point Rd. After admiring the view of Northeast LA, We´ll then make our way down to Elysian Park proper. We´ll take Academy Rd. / Solano Ave. back to Broadway Ave. - back to where we started (this last bit includes a short pedestrian tunnel that goes underneath the 110 freeway). The hike should actually take about 90 min I think, but we should allot more time just in case. If anyone intends to take the Gold Line Metro to the Chinatown station, feel free to notify me - I myself plan to be there at around 8:30 am. - Justin K.

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  • Regular Meeting on Plato's "Euthydemus"

    Bicycle Coffee

    Plato's "Euthydemus" is considered an important precursor to Stoicism, so we will spend this upcoming meeting discussing why that's the case. The preferred translation is by Rosamund Sprague; a good public domain version can be found at Tuft University’s “Perseus Digital Library“. PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU NEED A PDF OF THE READING Note about next reading: As early as August, we will begin discussing Cynthia King's translation of Musonius Rufus: Lectures and Sayings. Please take the time to order a print or digital version of this text if you would like to join us. - - - 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.

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  • Theory Meeting on Stoic Ethics (Part 1)

    Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

    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: The Stoic Reader, Texts 101 & 102 (pp. [masked]) LOCATION: The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf in Little Tokyo TIME: 4th Tuesday of the Month (June 25), 6pm-8pm [location and time are open to change upon member request] Inwood & Gerson's The Stoic Reader (2008) compiles the earliest material on the Greek Stoics. This week's reading presents the accounts of early Stoic Ethics as reported by Diogenes Laertius (Text 101) and Stobaeus (Text 102). 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.

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

    The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

    We will discuss Massimo Pigliucci’s HOW TO BE A STOIC, CH. 12-14 (Finishing the book!). 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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  • Theory Meeting on Stoic Physics

    Location visible to members

    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.

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

    Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

    We will discuss Massimo Pigliucci’s HOW TO BE A STOIC, CH. 9-11. This amounts to Ch. 9 and 10 (covering the 'Discipline of Action' and Stoic Ethics) plus the first chapter of "Part III," which introduces the "Discipline of Assent" (a.k.a. Stoic Mindfulness) and the study of Stoic Logic. In terms of preparing, please A) select a passage or two to share and discuss; B) think of questions to propose (or answer) OR await a list of questions that I tend to provide before our meeting; and C) email me in advance ([masked]) 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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