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How does one live a good life?

This simple question can be surprisingly difficult to answer. Yet not taking an honest try at answering it (or even worse: ignoring the question entirely) can lead to the risk of misliving one's life. One of the main goals of ancient philosophy in the West was to help guide people in answering this question rigorously and well, and then helping people to live in accordance with their life's philosophy (literally "the love of wisdom").

One of the most successful and influential schools of thought in the ancient world which addressed this question was Stoicism. Stoicism taught that by cultivating personal excellence ('arete' in Greek) was all that was needed to lead a good life and flourish as a human being ('eudaimonia' in ancient Greek). To do this, the ancient Stoics taught a host of practices and a sophisticated theory of mind to help the Stoic student on the path to eudaimonia. Stoic philosophy had a huge influence on the West, from helping shape early Christianity to being a strong influence on the modern psychological movement of cognitive-behavioral therapy.

But Stoic philosophy is not only useful for those in the ancient world. For instance, James Stockdale has cited Stoic philosophy as helping him cope with the horrors of being a prisoner of war in Vietnam. Also, the University of Exeter in the UK has been conducting pilot studies starting in 2012 of the effect of Stoic practices on various measures psychological well-being with promising preliminary results. Stoicism can be of great use to people in our modern era.

The goal of this meetup is to introduce Stoic philosophy as a way of life to people interested in living a more meaningful, authentic life and to support experienced students of Stoic philosophy in their practice. While many of the meetups will be focused around reading, this is not a group for disengaged study of ancient philosophy from an academic perspective. Instead, this is a group for helping people to put Stoic philosophy into practice in their daily lives, so they can live the best life they can.

Are you ready to attempt to live a more authentic, meaningful, and happy life? Then join us today!

Note:

The Minnesota Stoics group is part of The Stoic Fellowship (https://www.stoicfellowship.com), an international community whose aim is to build, connect, and foster the knowledge and practice of Stoicism through in-person activities throughout the world.

Upcoming events (4+)

Kintsugi Stoicism

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Are Stoics always virtuous? Join us as we continue our study and discussion of "Breakfast With Seneca" by David Fideler. We are in chapter 1. This week we will highlight the ideas of progress, perfection-- and imperfection-- on the Stoic path. All are welcome to this event, and outside reading is not required. We will provide chapter highlights for discussion.
The book is available in multiple formats. Amazon link is here:
https://www.amazon.com/Breakfast-Seneca-Stoic-Guide-Living/dp/039353166X/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1663252207&sr=8-1
We meet on Zoom and the link is posted prior to the meeting time.

Photo by Motoki Tonn on Unsplash

Friday Stoic Meetup (in person)

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Yes, we are real people! Join us for this in-person meetup. We'll gather in the cafe at Barnes and Noble in Eagan (MN) . We'll have time for informal conversation, as well as share a passage from the Stoics.
Barnes and Noble, Eagan Promenade, 1291 Promenade Pl, Eagan, MN.
Link for more information here:
https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2820

Saturday Stoic Conversation

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Grab your favorite morning beverage and join us for philosophical conversation. Stoic texts will be provided for discussion. No outside reading is required, and beginners are welcome to join in. We'll meet over Zoom, and the link will be posted before the event.

Photo from Unsplash by Peter Werkman

ONLINE: Guided Reading of Meditations

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As part of an ongoing series we will gather every other week to read and discuss Meditations. The group will set our pace and each Meetup will continue where the previous ended (Book 8, Passage 3).

Reading outside of the Meetup is completely optional. Join any or all sessions as your schedule allows.

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Guided Reading of Epictetus's Handbook

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