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"Theory Meetings" are dedicated to reading and discussing more difficult, technical texts. Like the early Stoics, though, I would discourage members from attending this meeting and learning theory without ALSO applying that knowledge through regular practice. That being said, all are welcome and all will be accepted regardless of background or level of preparedness — I'm just happy to talk to folks enthusiastic about Stoicism! READING: Margaret Graver’s Stoicism and Emotion (2007), Ch. 2 LOCATION: Angel City Brewery [see below of "how to find us"] NOTE: you need to be 21 or over to enter the premises. Let me know if this affects your attendance! TIME: OCT. 23, 7pm-9pm [location and time are open to change upon member request] Description of Margaret Graver’s Stoicism and Emotion: “On the surface, stoicism and emotion seem like contradictory terms. Yet the Stoic philosophers of ancient Greece and Rome were deeply interested in the emotions, which they understood as complex judgments about what we regard as valuable in our surroundings. Stoicism and Emotion shows that they did not simply advocate an across-the-board suppression of feeling, as stoicism implies in today's English, but instead conducted a searching examination of these powerful psychological responses, seeking to understand what attitude toward them expresses the deepest respect for human potential.” In terms of preparing, you MAY A) select a few passages to share and discuss; B) think of questions to propose (or answer) and/or C) email me in advance (lastoics[at]gmail[dot]com) if you would like to ensure we cover something that you find particularly meaningful. Lastly, please contact me with your email address if you need a PDF copy of the reading. Otherwise, I encourage you to purchase a text or digital version of the book. See you then! — Justin K.
Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius was the last famous Stoic philosopher of the ancient world. . . How to Think Like a Roman Emperor takes readers on a transformative journey along with Marcus, following his progress from a young noble at the court of Hadrian—taken under the wing of some of the finest philosophers of his day—through to his reign as emperor of Rome at the height of its power. Robertson shows how Marcus used philosophical doctrines and therapeutic practices to build emotional resilience and endure tremendous adversity, and guides readers through applying the same methods to their own lives. . . Combining remarkable stories from Marcus’s life with insights from modern psychology and the enduring wisdom of his philosophy, How to Think Like a Roman Emperor puts a human face on Stoicism and offers a timeless and essential guide to handling the ethical and psychological challenges we face today. For this upcoming meeting, we will be focusing on the following: - CHAPTER 2 ("The Most Truthful Child in Rome") [pp. 45-81] - CHAPTER 3 ("Contemplating the Sage") [pp. 83-111] PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU NEED A PDF OF THE READING ― ― ― These regular meetings tend to proceed as follows... 1. The facilitator makes any administrative announcements there may be 2. Attendees share experiences with implementing any Stoic exercises/techniques 3. Attendees share insights gleaned from any ‘outside reading’ 4. The main discussion proceeds until the end of the session In terms of preparing for the main discussion, you may... 1. select a passage or two to share and discuss; 2. think of questions to propose (or answer) and/or 3. email me in advance at lastoics[at]gmail[dot]com if you would like to ensure we cover something that you find particularly meaningful. See you then! — Justin K.