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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 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, tranquil 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 tranquil, meaningful, and happy life? Then join us today!

Upcoming events (3)

Online - Cicero's Tusculan Disputations Book I: On the Contempt of Death

With his political influence on the decline and after the death of his beloved daughter Tullia, Cicero retreated from public life and composed a several philosophical works. As he recovered from his daughter's death, he composed Tusculan Disputations, set at Cicero's villa in Tusculum. The work is composed mostly as a series of dialogues between M (for either "Marcus" -- Cicero's first name -- or "magister" -- the Latin for master) and A (for either "Atticus" -- Cicero's good friend -- or "adulescens" -- the Latin for young man). The goal of the work, in Cicero's words, was to "expound the key issues we should bear in mind in our pursuit of happiness." The NYC Stoics will continue our Year of Cicero by exploring these important issues along with Cicero, starting with Book I of Tusculan Disputations, entitled "On the Contempt of Death". To prepare, please read all of Book I and come prepared with any passages or topics you'd like to bring up for discussion. While you're welcome to use any translation you'd like, I'll be working from CD Yonge's translation, which is in the public domain. You can find this translation here as a web page (https://www.gutenberg.org/files/14988/14988-h/14988-h.htm#page-7) or here as a PDF (https://ia600304.us.archive.org/6/items/cicerostusculand00ciceuoft/cicerostusculand00ciceuoft.pdf) ______ Here are some points to keep in mind for online meetups: -- You're welcome to use video or just audio. I use video since I think it makes it a little more personal, you don't need to if you don't want to -- Do your best to join 5-10 minutes early to make sure everything's working -- You can come late, but try your best not to, since I have to let every person in manually, which can be distracting -- As soon as you join, please mute your mic and keep it muted unless you're called on to speak. Mute yourself again when you're done. This limits background noise that can distract the entire group -- Feel free to ask questions in the chat. Just clearly label it as a question (e.g., "Q: [your question]"). You can also "raise your hand" by typing M in the chat if you'd like to unmute yourself and discuss something

Stoic Camp NY 2020: Double Rooms

Stony Point Center

$390.00

UPDATE: Stoic Camp NY 2020 may still be held at Stony Point Center, depending on whether our host, Stony Point Center, is open. This in turn depends on whether the Mid-Hudson region is in Phase 3. We will know whether Camp will be held 2-3 weeks before the event. However, to limit the amount of attendees, we've closed registration at this time. If you strongly feel you would like to sign up to attend, please contact Greg via Meetup and we can discuss the details. All those who don't normally co-habitate and have signed up for a double room will get a single room at no additional charge should the event happen. _____ Join Greg (founder and organizer of the NYC Stoics) and Massimo (professor of philosophy at CUNY and founder and organizer of The Stoic School of Life (https://www.meetup.com/Stoic-School-of-Life/)), co-authors of A Handbook for New Stoics, for an intensive introduction to the theory and practice of Stoicism at Stoic Camp NY 2020! Over the course of 4 days and 3 nights, attendees will be guided through the philosophy of Stoicism. We will use ancient texts almost exclusively as our starting point. From there, we will discuss how the ancient philosophy of Stoicism can be updated and practiced in the modern world. Since this is an intensive introduction, it will be suitable for complete beginners. But given the intensive nature of the retreat, people familiar with Stoicism will also get quite a bit out of it (fate permitting). This year will feature a new curriculum, introducing Stoicism mostly through the lens of the three disciplines of Stoic training (desire, action and assent) using the teachings of Epictetus. Limited spots are available, so be sure to sign up as soon as you are able! The meetup is being run at cost. Greg and Massimo are not receiving remuneration from the event fees, although their expenses are being covered; all registration funds are going to room, board, and possibly transaction fees. After you RSVP here, Greg will reach out to you via e-mail with more details and information on how to pay.

Stoic Camp NY 2020: Single Rooms

Stony Point Center

$580.00

UPDATE: Stoic Camp NY 2020 may still be held at Stony Point Center, depending on whether our host, Stony Point Center, is open. This in turn depends on whether the Mid-Hudson region is in Phase 3. We will know whether Camp will be held 2-3 weeks before the event. However, to limit the amount of attendees, we've closed registration at this time. If you strongly feel you would like to sign up to attend, please contact Greg via Meetup and we can discuss the details. _____ Join Greg (founder and organizer of the NYC Stoics) and Massimo (professor of philosophy at CUNY and founder and organizer of The Stoic School of Life (https://www.meetup.com/Stoic-School-of-Life/)), co-authors of A Handbook for New Stoics, for an intensive introduction to the theory and practice of Stoicism at Stoic Camp NY 2020! Over the course of 4 days and 3 nights, attendees will be guided through the philosophy of Stoicism. We will use ancient texts almost exclusively as our starting point. From there, we will discuss how the ancient philosophy of Stoicism can be updated and practiced in the modern world. Since this is an intensive introduction, it will be suitable for complete beginners. But given the intensive nature of the retreat, people familiar with Stoicism will also get quite a bit out of it (fate permitting). This year will feature a new curriculum, introducing Stoicism mostly through the lens of the three disciplines of Stoic training (desire, action and assent) using the teachings of Epictetus. Limited spots are available, so be sure to sign up as soon as you are able! The meetup is being run at cost. Greg and Massimo are not receiving remuneration from the event fees, although their expenses are being covered; all registration funds are going to room, board, and possibly transaction fees. After you RSVP here, Greg will reach out to you via e-mail with more details and information on how to pay.

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