What we're about

Founded in 2018, Philadelphia Stoa is a philosophical community focused on applying Stoic philosophy to modern challenges. As a registered non-profit organization, our vision centers on inspiring individuals to apply virtue in their daily lives as a path to personal flourishing.

The purpose of our Meetup group is to introduce Stoic philosophy to anyone interested in living a happier and more fulfilling life and to help students of Stoicism practice the philosophy in their daily lives.

Stoicism is a practical philosophy for guiding people in living a good life through cultivating personal excellence, or virtue. Having flourished in ancient Greece and Rome, Stoicism is experiencing a resurgence of popularity today as a result of its value in helping people realize more tranquility and joy amid the complexity of the modern world. Stoicism involves focusing on what we can control in life and not worrying about things we cannot control, enhancing healthy emotions through reasoned judgement, and treating all of humanity with compassion and respect.

Our meetings support people in increasing their knowledge of Stoicism and applying it in their daily lives. Meetings include discussions of Stoic writings, modern interpretations of Stoic concepts, and the Stoic perspectives on problems people may have. We hold meetings three times a month, usually on the second and fourth Sunday and the third Monday of each month. The topic agenda is different for each monthly meeting.

For more information, please visit www.philadelphiastoa.org.

Upcoming events (1)

A Guide to the Good Life: Chapters 9 - 13

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We will discuss pages 128 – 165 (chapters 9 -13) in William Irvine’s classic “A Guide to The Good Life.” A Guide to the Good Life examines the wisdom of Stoic philosophy and demonstrates how its practices are still applicable in today's world. Using the psychological insights and the practical techniques of the Stoics, A Guide to the Good Life also offers a roadmap for anyone seeking to avoid the feelings of chronic dissatisfaction that plague so many people today. We are examining various Stoic techniques for attaining tranquility and working through some practical exercises regarding how to put these techniques to work in our own life. We will explore how to minimize worry, how to let go of the past and focus our efforts on the things we can control.

In this meeting, we will explore a number of Stoic practices related to our love for mankind, how to handle insults, and anger. While we encourage everyone to read the book it is by no means a requirement to participate in our discussion.

A Guide To The Good Life With William Irvine

A Guide to the Good Life Book

A Guide to the Good Life by William Irvine, Ancient art of stoic joy

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Introduction to Stoicism, Part IV: On Emotion

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