• Stoicism and Emotion, Ch. 6 (Theory Meeting)

    Highland Park Bowl

    READING: Margaret Graver’s Stoicism and Emotion (2007), CH. 6 (“Traits of Character") [Let me know if you need a PDF of the reading] LOCATION: Highland Park Bowl (https://www.yelp.com/biz/highland-park-bowl-los-angeles) at 5621 N. Figueroa St. TIME: WED. FEB. 26, 7pm-9pm "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! 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.

  • Meditations of Marcus Aurelius Bk. 2-4 (Regular Meeting)

    Location visible to members

    [FIRST SATURDAY OF MARCH] We'll be continuing Marcus Aurelius's "Meditations" with BOOKS 2-4 (your choice of translation) EMAIL ME IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS/CONCERNS 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 pose (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. ― ― ― DESCRIPTION OF TEXT (Taken from Wikipedia page): The "Meditations" is a series of personal writings by Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor from 161 to 180 AD, recording his private notes to himself and ideas on Stoic philosophy. Marcus Aurelius wrote the 12 books of the Meditations in Koine Greek as a source for his own guidance and self-improvement. It is possible that large portions of the work were written at Sirmium, where he spent much time planning military campaigns from 170 to 180. Some of it was written while he was positioned at Aquincum on campaign in Pannonia, because internal notes tell us that the first book was written when he was campaigning against the Quadi on the river Granova (modern-day Hron) and the second book was written at Carnuntum. It is unlikely that Marcus Aurelius ever intended the writings to be published and the work has no official title, so "Meditations" is one of several titles commonly assigned to the collection. These writings take the form of quotations varying in length from one sentence to long paragraphs. ― ― ― See you then! — Justin K.

  • Special Meeting on Stoicism while Hiking

    The Trails

    This meeting will take the form of a walk/hike through Griffith Park ... RAIN OR SHINE! We will start (and end) at "The Trails" cafe (https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-trails-los-angeles). A little after 9am, we'll slowly walk up to the Griffith Observatory. The entire trip will be ABOUT 2 miles and should take ABOUT 2 hours to walk, fate permitting. WHAT SHOULD YOU BRING: First, some comfy walking shoes - hiking boots or running shoes both seem fine. Second, water... OPTIONAL: a shady hat & sunglasses (not much coverage on the trail), and friendly dogs. MORE DETAILS ON HIKE: The hike will be an 'out-and-back' type. It's about 1 mile up to the observatory (about 500 ft. ascent) and then 1 mile back to The Trails. It should take about 2 hours due to some relatively steep sections and to ensure we have time to admire the views. I will bring a small print-out full of relevant Stoic quotations that we can reflect on as we walk (probably from the Meditations!). Feel free to bring anything Stoic-related to share... but feel free NOT to bring anything, except what you might want for a comfortable hike... — Justin K.