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Website: http://www.losangelesstoics.com

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This is a group dedicated to reading and talking about Stoicism — philosophical works by all Stoics from Antiquity to Modernity. The readings and the pace at which we do them will be dictated by the group; the discussions will be primarily 'socratic;' and the atmosphere should be very comfortable and welcoming. The reasons you might have for joining us may include A) you want to critically engage in Stoic theory for the sheer intellectual pleasure of it; B) you want to learn about and apply Stoic practice for the therapeutic benefits; or C) both! We are currently meeting both IN-PERSON and ONLINE.

Upcoming events (2)

Epictetus's Discourses (Regular Meeting)

Elysian Park Arboretum

WHAT ABOUT: We’ll be continuing our reading of Epictetus’s Discourses and Handbook. The Handbook selections are meant to pair well with the Discourses selections. [Quick note: I will use the term “Handbook” but others use “Manual” or the Greek term "Encheiridion"]

READING:
– Discourses[masked]
– Handbook 3, 4, 18, 22, 26, 28, 30, 32, 33, 40, 48, 50

NOTE ON TRANSLATION: Use whichever translation you prefer (it might be beneficial to compare them). The book I will primarily refer to is the "Discourses and Selected Writings" published by Penguin Classics and translated by Robert Dobbin… A public domain collection of Epictetus’s works translated by W.A. Oldfather can be found here: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Epictetus,_the_Discourses_as_reported_by_Arrian,_the_Manual,_and_Fragments

MASKS? The venue is outdoors but we will still exercise caution as long as the L.A. County COVID-19 testing positivity rate is high (it is currently high but decreasing). If you are unvaccinated, immunocompromised, or feeling ill, please stay home and email me if you would like to help facilitate an online version of this meeting. If you are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic, still expect to wear a mask assuming that we cannot maintain 6-ft. of distance. Those who are fully vaccinated are highly unlikely to get seriously ill, but it seems they can still contract and spread the Delta variant to our more vulnerable community members.

PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS.

PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO FACILITATE AN ONLINE VERSION OF THIS MEETING FOR THOSE THAT CAN’T ATTEND IN-PERSON.

See you then!

— Justin K.

The Epicurus Reader (Theory Meeting)

Online event

WHAT ABOUT: We’ll dedicate TWO more meetings to The Epicurus Reader (trans. Inwood & Gerson) [https://www.hackettpublishing.com/the-epicurus-reader]. The upcoming meeting with center around the last 40 pages of the book. The November meeting will serve as a review of the core doctrines of Epicureanism, a clear comparison between their philosophy and Stoic philosophy, and a discussion about a why we should be Stoics rather than Epicureans (or vice versa!).

READING (the rest of the book):
– Texts 27-28: The Testimony of Lucretius (pp. 65-67)
– Text 29: The Polemic of Plutarch (pp. 68-74)
– Texts 30-64: Short Fragments and Testimonia from Known Works (pp. 75-83)
– Texts[masked]: Short Fragments and Testimonia from Uncertain Works (pp. 84-104)

NOTES ON "REGISTERING"
1. You must register for the Theory Meeting every month. Once you do, a 'join link' (along with more info) will be emailed to you that is unique to that month's meeting and to you (i.e., no sharing).

2. "Registering" just means that when you click the 'registration link' provided in the 'Location' section, you will be asked to provide your email, your first-last name, and your city (non-Angelinos welcome!). You'll also be able to submit any question or comment at the time of registration.

3. If you are having trouble, please email [masked] and I can help you out –Justin K.

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"Theory Meetings" are dedicated to reading and discussing more difficult, technical texts. 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!
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PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS.

ALSO PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU WOULD LIKE A PDF OF THIS MONTH'S READING

See you then!

— Justin K.

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Epictetus's Discourses (Regular Meeting)

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