This group is to introduce Stoic philosophy to anyone interested in living a happier and more fulfilling life and 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 twice a month. One is held at the East Falls Public Library on a Monday evening from 6:00 PM to 7:45 PM and the other takes place at the Philadelphia Ethical Society on the 4th Sunday of each month from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM. The topic agenda is different for each location. All are welcome.
Philadelphia Free Library -- Falls of Schuylkill branch
How much should we care about others’ opinions of us? How should we respond to criticisms and insults? How about approval and praise? We will explore the Stoics’ distinct views on these questions. The basis for our discussion will be Chapter 7, "What Others Think", in Ward Farnsworth’s book, The Practicing Stoic.
Just as athletes train their bodies through repeated bodily exercises, Stoics strive to develop strength of character, or virtue, through daily spiritual exercises. We will discuss how to apply Stoic principles in everyday life through the use of spiritual exercises. An optional reading can be found here: https://www.njlifehacks.com/10-practical-stoic-exercises-for-modern-stoic-lifestyle/