(Cross-posted from NYC Stoics: https://www.meetup.com/New-York-City-Stoics/events/261002514/)
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. The NYC Stoics will continue their year of modern sources at this meetup by tackling the second half of Sellars' book, which examines the relationship between theory/reasoning/words (logos) and practice/training (askesis).
To prepare, please read from the introduction through all of Part II (Logos and askesis, Chapters 5-7) and the conclusion. While reading, please 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.