What we're about

The Stoa Nova is an informal school of practical Stoicism for the 21st century, facilitated by Massimo Pigliucci, a Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York. The Stoa Nova is inspired (with a bit of immodesty) by the ancient Greco-Roman schools of philosophy. Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Epictetus and many others simply gave lectures about their favorite topics and engaged in Socratic discussions with people interested in what they had to say. In our case, we examine (on- and off-line) the theory and practice of Stoicism as a modern applied philosophy that aids us in navigating a world in some ways just as confusing and uncertain as that of ancient Athens and Rome. For more on the Stoa Nova, click here (https://massimopigliucci.com/stoa-nova/).

Upcoming events (4)

Chris Gill on Stoic ethics and environmentalism

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Please note that meetup time is Eastern Standard Time. The event may be recorded, so that others may benefit from our discussion after the video gets posted online. At the beginning of the meeting your audio will be off, but keep the video on, if you don't mind. This makes for less background noise and a more human interaction -- we see each other! That said, if you are participating by phone, please change your screen name, as the default will be your phone number, which you probably don't want to relate that to the world. When you'd like to ask a question, raise your hand using Zoom's tool. When you are called on, your mic will be turned on (don't try to do it yourself, you'll simply interfere with my remote control), at which point you may ask your question. The mic will then be turned back off to allow for the next participant to speak. Finally, during the event I will be busy and likely not able to monitor the chat, so see above if you'd like to ask a question or make a comment.

Annual RNY Summer Solstice Party

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Celebrate our hemisphere's longest and sunniest day with friends and fellow Reasonable New Yorkers! Raise a glass at precisely 5:43 PM to ring in the Summer at the very moment of its arrival!

Stoa Nova School, 6th edition

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Join us for the 6th edition of the Stoa Nova School! Because of the ongoing pandemic, the School has been reschedule online (we'll get back to Rome and other real locations as soon as possible!) This edition we will focus on "The early Stoics and their rivals," a look at the first Stoa (Zeno, Cleanthes, Chrysippus), as well as some of the other major philosophical schools of the time (Epicureanism, Cynicism, etc.). Program -- times refer to the Eastern / New York time zone: Monday, 22 June 2020, 8am-12pm Introduction to the course, discussion of Diogenes Laertius' summary of Stoic philosophy. Biographies and contributions of Zeno, Cleanthes, Chrysippus, and others. Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 8am-12pm The source of it all: Socrates and his philosophy. Stoicism's cousin: Cynicism. Also: Stoicism's rivals: the Epicureans. Wednesday, 24 June 2020, 8am-12pm: What have we learned? What difference does it make? General discussion. Textbooks: Lives of the Eminent Philosophers, by Diogenes Laertius, Delphi Classics, 2009. This edition is available in electronic format only. (https://www.delphiclassics.com/shop/diogenes-laertius/) You can also use the translation by Pamela Mensch, Oxford University Press, 2018. (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780190862176) How to Be a Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life, by Massimo Pigliucci, Basic Books, 2017. (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781541644533) List of readings from Lives of the Eminent Philosophers: Socrates, II.18-47 Cynics: Anthistenes, VI.1-19 Diogenes, VI.20-81 Crates, VI.85-93 Hipparchia, VI.96-98 Stoics: Zeno, VII.1-160 Ariston, VII[masked] Herillus, VII[masked] Dionysius, VII.167 Cleanthes, VII[masked] Sphaerus, VII[masked] Chrysippus, VII[masked] Epicurus, X

Online - Cicero's De Finibus, Books III & IV: Stoicism

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[Cross-posted from NYC Stoics: https://www.meetup.com/New-York-City-Stoics/events/271000810/] At this meeting, the NYC Stoics will continue our Year of Cicero by studying one of his most philosophically important works: De finibus bonorum et malorum (On the ends of good and evil). In Cicero's own words, the goal of this work was to tackle "the basic problems of philosophy and cover the whole field in detail in five volumes which set out the arguments for and against every philosophical system." We'll continue our journey in this meetup by covering Books III and IV, which give the basics of Stoicism and Cicero's arguments against it. To prepare, please read Books III and IV, and take note of any passages or concepts you'd like to bring up for discussion. While you can use any translation you like, I'll be working from the Rackham translation, which you can find online for free here: http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/E/Roman/Texts/Cicero/de_Finibus/home.html ______ Here are some points to keep in mind for online meetups: -- You're welcome to use video or just audio. I use video since I think it makes it a little more personal, you don't need to if you don't want to -- Do your best to join 5-10 minutes early to make sure everything's working -- You can come late, but try your best not to, since I have to let every person in manually, which can be distracting -- As soon as you join, please mute your mic and keep it muted unless you're called on to speak. Mute yourself again when you're done. This limits background noise that can distract the entire group -- Feel free to ask questions in the chat. Just clearly label it as a question (e.g., "Q: [your question]"). You can also "raise your hand" by typing M in the chat if you'd like to unmute yourself and discuss something

Past events (118)

Bill Irvine on challenging life the Stoic way

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