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1) We will start at 12:30pm with Shrikant providing a concise overview of Stoicism. 2) Then we will invite those who have been practicing Stoicism to comment for 2-5 minutes each about their Stoic practice, so those unfamiliar with Stoicism can understand what it means to be a Stoic. 3) We will then focus on the foundational idea of Stoicism: Dichotomy of Control—the distinction between what is not fully within our control and what is fully within our control. 4) Finally, we will ask what guidance do Stoic virtues—of Acceptance of that which is not fully within our control, and Courage to change the things that are within our control—provide to our use of our "System 1" the fast, instinctive and emotional faculty; and "System 2" slower, more deliberative, and more logical faculty, as presented in Thinking, Fast and Slow. Those curious about Stoicism are welcome to come to learn about why Stoicism is experiencing a resurgence of interest today, and get a basic overview of the philosophy and hear what it means in practice. Stoic practitioners are invited to share their Stoic practice with others. We will be joined by 20+ members of other conversation groups.
We've spent the past three years at the NYC Stoics covering ancient primary texts alongside scholarly texts that discuss these sources. While the ancient texts are very rewarding, modern overviews of Stoicism have a lot to offer, often clarifying concepts that can be difficult to ascertain from ancient sources alone. For this reason we will be starting a new theme for this year: a year of modern sources. We'll begin this theme by working through one of the most readable modern comprehensive overviews of Stoicism: "Stoicism" by John Sellars. Working through this book should give you a very clear feel for the basics of Stoicism as a coherent philosophical system. While this is an introductory text, it's not just for newcomers! While people new to Stoicism will get a lot out of this book, people who are familiar with the topic will probably also benefit from this book's lucid introduction of the whole of Stoicism. To prepare for the meetup, please read from Chapter 1 (Introduction) through Chapter 3 (Stoic Logic). Also please come prepared with at least one topic per chapter that you'd like to bring up for discussion with the group. If you aim to study this book with the group but buying it presents a significant financial strain, please contact Greg privately to obtain a copy.