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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!
The Minnesota Stoics group is part of The Stoic Fellowship, 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 (3)See all
- Letting Go of People in Our LivesNeeds location
We're reading "Loose! On Letting Stuff Go” -- a collection of essays by the Youtuber Einzelganger. This text draws on a diverse range of schools (primarily Stoicism, Taoism, and Buddhism), and is a wide ranging exploration of what it means to "let go" and achieve greater peace of mind. “Loose” is perfect for newcomers to philosophy, as well as those more experienced. We'll provide highlights from the text for each meeting.
For December 9, we're in pp. 83-133, with a focus on our relationships. Outside reading is NOT required, and all are welcome, even if you’ve missed the other meetings. Our format is largely discussion-based. The book is available on Amazon, in both paper and kindle versions. We'll be online, and the Zoom link will be posted before the meeting starts.
image, Nighthawks, by Edward Hopper.
- Guided Reading of Rufus's LecturesLink visible for attendees
As part of an ongoing series we will gather every other week to read and discuss Rufus's Lectures. The group will set our pace and each Meetup will continue where the previous ended (Lecture 10).
Reading outside of the Meetup is completely optional. Join any or all sessions as your schedule allows.
Free online translation: https://sites.google.com/site/thestoiclife/the_teachers/musonius-rufus/lectures
Zoom link will be posted about hour before start.
- In Person Stoics: Edina Library5280 Grandview Square, Minneapolis, MN
We're gathering at the Edina library this weekend. We'll start with social time, and move into Stoic texts and discussion. No outside prep required, and we'll provide handouts for discussion. This meeting is free and open to both newcomers and those with more experience. Feel free to bring food/drink (no alcohol of course.) Check the app or website before heading out, in case of bad weather or other issues that may arise.
Thanks to member Rebecca for her help in securing the venue!
5280 Grandview Square
Edina , MN 55436
(limit of 50)
image, The School of Athens, Raphael