• The Art of Living: Part I

    Atrium of 60 Wall Street

    Philosophy ain't what it used to be. Nowadays, it is practiced in universities as something somewhat akin to science -- its function is conceived as something that is supposed to describe aspects of the world in some sense through philosophical theories. But ancient philosophy's goal was different; it was said to be more of an art of living. But how could philosophy affect one's way of life, exactly? This is the question that John Sellars explores in his book "The Art of Living", which examines the Socratic and Stoic conceptions of philosophy as a way of life, and the Skeptic challenges to their views. The NYC Stoics will continue their year of modern sources at this meetup by tackling the first half of Sellars' book. To prepare, please read from the introduction through all of Part I (Bios and Techne, Chapters 1-4) and note at least one concept per chapter you'd like to discuss with the group, either because you find it interesting, want clarification on it, or disagree with it. If you'd like to study Sellar's The Way of Life with the NYC Stoics, but buying the book presents a financial burden, please contact Greg privately to receive a copy.

  • Book launch! A Handbook for New Stoics: Thrive in a World Out of Your Control

    Come and join authors Massimo Pigliucci and Gregory Lopez to celebrate the launch of their new book, A Handbook for New Stoics: How to Thrive in a World Out of Your Control—52 Week-by-Week Lessons. We will gather at Brooklyn Commons for food and drinks (for purchase), a brief presentation about the book, and fun q&a with the authors. About the book: Stress often comes from situations that are beyond our control—such as preparing for a meeting, waiting for test results, or arguing with a loved one. But we can control our response to these everyday tensions—through the wisdom and practice of Stoicism. Stoicism is an ancient pragmatic philosophy that teaches us to step back, gain perspective, and act with intention. In A Handbook for New Stoics, renowned philosopher Massimo Pigliucci and seasoned practitioner Gregory Lopez provide 52 week-by-week lessons to help us apply timeless Stoic teachings to modern life. Whether you’re already familiar with Seneca and Marcus Aurelius, or you’re entirely new to Stoicism, this handbook will help you embrace challenges, thrive under pressure, and discover the good life! Advanced praise: “In an age that equates virtue with frenzies of outrage and denunciations of others’ failings, A Handbook for New Stoics serves as an inspired self-help cure that, with insight and sympathy, will nudge you in the direction of the happiness and equanimity born of strength of character and wisdom.”—Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, author of Plato at the Googleplex and National Humanities Medal recipient “Massimo Pigliucci and Gregory Lopez have created an engaging practical handbook for those who wish to explore Stoicism and achieve what Zeno called ‘a good flow of life.’”—Stephen Hanselman, coauthor of The Daily Stoic and The Daily Stoic Journal “A wonderfully simple approach to the core concepts and techniques of Stoicism, A Handbook for New Stoics gives readers an easy way to train themselves in Stoic practices, broken down into weekly exercises spanning a whole year. Through this book, Pigliucci and Lopez have managed to make Stoicism accessible to anyone.”—Donald Robertson, cognitive-behavioral psychotherapist and author of How to Think Like a Roman Emperor “A wonderful and potentially life-altering way to encounter the wisdom of the Stoics, A Handbook for New Stoics provides readers with structured lessons and exercises to explore Stoic philosophy alongside the lives they, themselves, are living.”—Professor William B. Irvine, author of A Guide to the Good Life “In this book Pigliucci and Lopez offer a great hands-on introduction to Stoic philosophy and practice while also providing valuable ideas for long-time students of Stoicism. Well-researched and carefully structured with practical exercises that complement ancient texts, A Handbook for New Stoics will guide you through Stoic practice step-by-step throughout the year.”—Gregory Sadler, editor of Stoicism Today About the authors: Massimo Pigliucci, PhD, is the K. D. Irani Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York. His books include How to Be a Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life and Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk. He has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post, and he blogs at patreon.com/FigsInWinter. Gregory Lopez is the founder and facilitator of the New York City Stoics Meetup, and cofounder and board member of The Stoic Fellowship. He is also on the team for Modern Stoicism, and co-facilitates Stoic Camp New York with Massimo Pigliucci. In addition, he is lead editor for Examine.com and editor in chief of the Examine Research Digest. The book will be available for purchase at the event, and the authors will sign copies. Or you can get it at all major online and brick-and-mortar stores, beginning May 14th. https://www.amazon.com/Handbook-New-Stoics-Week-Week-ebook/dp/B07H12FP42/

  • Stoic Camp NY 2019: Double Rooms

    Stony Point Center

    $350.00

    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 2019! 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 ancient Stoic topics of physics, ethics, and logic, and using the writings of Marcus Aurelius. 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 (see below). Details: RSVPing here will put you on the list for a double room. You can RSVP with a +1, who will be assumed to be your roommate. Unfortunately, we cannot control the demographics of attendees, so if you have strong roommate preferences, we suggest registering with someone you know who you'd be comfortable rooming with. If you prefer a single room, RSVP here (https://www.meetup.com/New-York-City-Stoics/events/259780729/). If you register without a roommate, we'll ask if you have any preferences concerning your roommate, and will do our best to accommodate you given who registers. But unless you bring someone with you (i.e. register with a +1 ), we unfortunately cannot make any guarantees to meet your preferences. If we cannot satisfy your roommate preferences, then you may lose your spot, and you'll receive a full refund. If you do register with someone, you'll be able to share a double together with no issue. However, your RSVP does not guarantee you a spot. Your spot will be guaranteed only after payment. The cost for the camp with a roommate is $350. However, if you choose to pay via a method that has fees (e.g. credit card), your cost will be higher to account for the fees (probably around $380). Methods that don't have fees include PayPal if you have a PayPal balance or your bank is connected to it, Venmo, Google Wallet, and more. When you register, I'll ask how you would like to pay and the contact you to work out the details. If payment is not received 7 days after you register, your spot may be lost. If this presents a financial burden to you, payment plans can be arranged. Registration costs covers a 3-night stay at the Stony Point Center (http://stonypointcenter.org/) in a double room (i.e. with a roommate) as well as 3 meals a day (http://stonypointcenter.org/food-and-farm/dining) provided by the center, and transaction fees if applicable. Should you need to cancel, we may be able to refund some of the money. If someone fills your spot, you will be refunded 50% what you paid minus any additional transaction fees. However, if there is no one who can take your spot, we unfortunately cannot offer a refund, as we are paying Stony Point Center in advance. Check-in is from 4PM-6PM on Thursday, August 22nd. Dinner is at 6PM, followed by the first session at 7PM. Check-out is 2PM on Sunday, August 25th. Around July, we will be sending you the Stoic Camp 2019 Handbook, which will have more info concerning Camp and all the required readings (so no need to purchase any books). It is strongly suggested that you complete all the reading before attending camp, but there will be time for review and catch-up if you are unable to finish. You are also responsible for your own transportation to Stony Point Center (http://stonypointcenter.org/getting-here), which is easily accessible via public transportation from New York City plus a free shuttle pickup. However, once everybody registers, we may be able to arrange carpools or travel together. Stay tuned for details once you register. If we're at capacity and you really want to come, RSVPing here will add you to the waitlist for a double room. You will be contacted should a spot open up. If you have any other questions or concerns, feel free to contact Greg or Massimo.

  • Stoic Camp NY 2019: Single Rooms

    Stony Point Center

    $525.00

    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 2019! 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 ancient Stoic topics of physics, ethics, and logic, and using the writings of Marcus Aurelius. 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 (see below). Details: RSVPing here will put you on the list for a single room. If you prefer a double room with a roommate, RSVP here (https://www.meetup.com/New-York-City-Stoics/events/259780726). However, your RSVP does not guarantee you a spot. Your spot will be guaranteed only after payment. The cost for the camp with a single room is $525. However, if you choose to pay via a method that has fees (e.g. credit card), your cost will be higher to account for the fees (probably around $565). Methods that don't have fees include PayPal if you have a PayPal balance or your bank is connected to it, Venmo, Google Wallet, and more. When you register, I'll ask how you would like to pay and I'll contact you to work out the details. If payment is not received 7 days after you register, your spot may be lost. If this presents a financial burden to you, payment plans can be arranged. Registration costs covers a 3-night stay at the Stony Point Center (http://stonypointcenter.org/) in a single room (i.e. without a roommate) as well as 3 meals a day (http://stonypointcenter.org/food-and-farm/dining) provided by the center, and transaction fees if applicable. Should you need to cancel, we may be able to refund some of the money. If someone fills your spot, you will be refunded 50% what you paid minus any additional transaction fees. However, if there is no one who can take your spot, we unfortunately cannot offer a refund, as we are paying Stony Point Center in advance. Check-in is from 4PM-6PM on Thursday, August 22nd. Dinner is at 6PM, followed by the first session at 7PM. Check-out is 2PM on Sunday, August 25th. Around July, we will be sending you the Stoic Camp 2019 Handbook, which will have more info concerning Camp and all the required readings (so no need to purchase any books). It is strongly suggested that you complete all the reading before attending camp, but there will be time for review and catch-up if you are unable to finish. You are also responsible for your own transportation to Stony Point Center (http://stonypointcenter.org/getting-here), which is easily accessible via public transportation from New York City plus a free shuttle pickup. However, once everybody registers, we may be able to arrange carpools or travel together. Stay tuned for details once you register. If we're at capacity and you really want to come, RSVPing here will add you to the waitlist for a single room. You will be contacted should a spot open up. If you have any other questions or concerns, feel free to contact Greg or Massimo.

  • Stoicon-X New York!

    New York Society for Ethical Culture

    What? You can't make it to the annual Stoicon in Athens, on October 5th? (https://modernstoicism.com/save-the-date-stoicon-2019-in-athens/) Well, that's a dispreferred indifferent, of course. But you do have an alternative, if you live in New York City: Stoicon-X New York will take place on Thursday, September 19th, at the Society for Ethical Culture. Join Massimo Pigliucci, author of the new "A Handbook for New Stoics: How to Thrive in a World Out of Your Control" (https://www.amazon.com/Handbook-New-Stoics-Week-Week-ebook/dp/B07H12FP42/) and Don Robertson, author of the new "How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius" (https://www.amazon.com/How-Think-Like-Roman-Emperor-ebook/dp/B07D2C5NNV/) for a double feature event beginning at 6pm. “In an age that equates virtue with frenzies of outrage and denunciations of others’ failings, A Handbook for New Stoics serves as an inspired self-help cure that, with insight and sympathy, will nudge you in the direction of the happiness and equanimity born of strength of character and wisdom.”—Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, author of Plato at the Googleplex "Robertson distills the emperor’s philosophy into useful mental habits...[he] displays a sound knowledge of Marcus' life and thought...[his] accessible prose style contributes to its appeal...[the] book succeeds on its own terms, presenting a convincing case for the continuing relevance of an archetypal philosopher-king." ―The Wall Street Journal