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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.

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Weekly Meeting on Stoic Practice

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We meet every week to help each other with our personal practice. Currently, we are only meeting Fridays at 12pm noon but can change the time or add more times to accommodate practitioners.

If nothing else, meeting participants can report on three questions:
1. What did you work on?
2. How did it work out?
3. What will you work on?

I'm happy to clarify Stoic ideas, but the focus of each meeting will be on each other and our moral development.

See you then!
— Justin K.

Weekly Meeting on Stoic Practice

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We meet every week to help each other with our personal practice. Currently, we are only meeting Fridays at 12pm noon but can change the time or add more times to accommodate practitioners.

If nothing else, meeting participants can report on three questions:
1. What did you work on?
2. How did it work out?
3. What will you work on?

I'm happy to clarify Stoic ideas, but the focus of each meeting will be on each other and our moral development.

See you then!
— Justin K.

Stoicism and Gratitude (Pt. 1) (Regular Meeting)

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[ATTENTION! This is the third Saturday of the month instead of the second, when we usually meet. Apologies for any inconveniences.]

WHAT ABOUT: The meeting is going to center around Books 1 & 2 of Seneca’s On Benefits (De Beneficiis)—his treatise on gratitude and generosity.

READING: You have a few options when it comes to the actual text; use any version you’d like (and don’t forget to check your local library).

  1. The best version is Miriam Griffin and Brad Inwood’s 2011 translation and commentary published by the University of Chicago Press: https://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/O/bo3773596.html
  2. A good version is James S. Romm’s ABRIDGED 2020 translation (along with some commentary, Seneca’s letter on the same topic, and the original Latin) published by Princeton University Press: https://press.princeton.edu/books/hardcover/9780691192093/how-to-give
  3. An acceptable version is Aubrey Stewart’s 1887 translation, which is in the public domain and freely accessible: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/On_Benefits
  4. A good version is also available in Seneca’s “Moral Essays, Volume III” published by the Loeb Classics Library in 1935 and translated by John W. Basore. You can find it online in a difficult-to-read format here (it would be good for cross-referencing the Stewart translation at least): https://www.stoics.com/seneca_essays_book_3.html

WANT MORE? About five years after writing On Benefits, Seneca returns to the topic of gratitude in one of the letters to his friend Lucilius. It serves as a kind of extension of the essay and it provides a nice summary of the important points. Here’s Richard M. Gummere’s 1920 translation of it if you’d like to check it out: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Moral_letters_to_Lucilius/Letter_81

PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS.

See you then! —Justin K.

P.S. ** IF YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS IN-PERSON EVENT, CONSIDER THE ONLINE VERSION ON OCT. 16TH **

Stoicism and Gratitude ONLINE (Regular Meeting)

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** THIS IS AN ONLINE VERSION OF THE IN-PERSON MEETING ON OCT. 15TH **

> REGISTER EARLY! If this is your first meeting, email Justin at [masked] and introduce yourself.

What about: The meeting is going to center around Books 1 & 2 of Seneca’s On Benefits (De Beneficiis)—his treatise on gratitude and generosity.

Reading:
MAIN: You have a few options when it comes to the main text; use any version you’d like (and don’t forget to check your local library):

SUPPEMENTAL: About five years after writing On Benefits, Seneca returns to the topic of gratitude in one of the letters to his friend Lucilius. It serves as a kind of extension of the essay and it provides a nice summary of the important points. Here’s Richard M. Gummere’s 1920 translation of it if you’d like to check it out: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Moral_letters_to_Lucilius/Letter_81

How to Register:

  1. You must register beforehand using the Zoom ‘registration link’. Provide your full name (first and last) in the registration form.
  2. NEW MEMBERS: If this is your first L.A. Stoics meeting, email Justin at [masked] and introduce yourself. The meeting host will not admit anyone from the Zoom Waiting Room unless they recognize the name.
  3. Once you register, 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)
  4. If you are having trouble, please email Justin and he'll help you out!

Please contact Justin ([masked]) if you have any questions or concerns.

See you then!

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Weekly Meeting on Stoic Practice

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