For the past couple of NYC Stoics meetups, we've digested John Sellars' The Art of Living, which describes how many ancient philosophies such as Stoicism should be conceived of as more as an art or skilled trade rather than a purely intellectual exercise. But what kind of life would the Stoic art of living lead to? And why would someone want to choose Stoicism as their art of living at all?
We'll explore these questions and more over the next few months by reading Tad Brennan's "The Stoic Life: Emotions, Duties, and Fate". This is my favorite academic book on Stoicism. While it's a scholarly book, it's a really easy read, very engaging, and downright hard to put down!
Please prepare for this meetup by reading Parts I and II of the book, Chapters 1-7 and highlight any concepts you encounter that you'd like to bring up for discussion. Part I will give you a very lucid introduction to Stoicism as a philosophy of life, and Part II contains the clearest description of Stoic psychology in my opinion!
If you'd like to study the text with the NYC Stoics, but purchasing it is a financial strain, please contact me privately and I'll get you a copy.