Cyber-Stoicism: The Spread of Stoic Philosophy Online

A whole load of links to online communities and discussions about Stoicism.

The Internet.¬†¬†Ancient Stoic philosophy.¬† Two things that¬†it might seem difficult to imagine getting on together,¬†right?¬† After all, Epictetus felt he was better off without the luxury of an iron lamp,¬†and preferred his earthenware one¬†because nobody wanted to steal it.¬† Difficult¬†to imagine him using an iPad, isn’t it?¬† Nevertheless, Stoicism has gone through a renaissance in popularity since the 1970s and the Internet provides a natural forum for people from around the world to discuss philosophy in small online communities, perhaps a distant modern¬†echo of the visitors who used to¬†drop in to hear Epictetus lecturing his students in ancient¬†Nicopolis.

The information and statistics below are correct at the time of publication…

The New Stoa

Formerly the Stoic Registry, this is apparently the oldest Stoic community online, founded way back in 1996 by Erik Wiegardt.  It has over 1,000 members in its register.

International Stoic Forum on Yahoogroups

This is an older email-based system but it’s an active group, which was established back in 1996 by¬†Erik Wiegardt of the Stoic Registry, and subsequently moderated by Jan Garrett and Keith Seddon. ¬†It¬†currently has over 1,000 members.

Stoicism Subreddit

Established in 2009, currently has 7,881 readers and is very active.

Stoicism Group (Stoic Philosophy) on Facebook

I set this group up myself about a year ago, partly to promote Stoic Week.  It currently has 770 members and is very active.

@Stoicweek on Twitter

Speaking of which, you can follow Stoic Week on Twitter for updates, along with 1,200 other people.

Stoicism Group on Facebook

Another Stoicism group on Facebook, this one has 1,580 members currently.

New Stoa Group on Facebook

This has been a bit quiet recently.  It currently has 183 members.

Google+ Stoicism Community

Google+ is growing in popularity, and this new community has 113 members already.

Linkedin Stoic Professionals

This is a different type of forum, with only 50 members at present.

Stoicism on Wikipedia

Of course, Wikipedia has a community of sorts, who discuss and help to maintain the numerous pages about Stoicism.  Wikipedia is also sometimes good at rooting out obscure links and pieces of information.  Check out this list of all Stoic philosophers, for example.

Stoicism Community on Amazon

This is really just a collection of books tagged as being relevant to Stoicism.  Not much going on here but you might like to browse.

Stoicism Book Club on Goodreads

You can find lots of information about books on Stoicism on Goodreads as well.  This little community only has 38 members at present, though.

Stoicism Bloggers on WordPress

This link will return blog posts tagged “Stoicism” on WordPress. ¬†Interesting!

Stoicism Bloggers via Google

This is what happens if you search Google for blog posts about Stoicism.

Stoicism Discussions via Google

And here are all the discussion groups mentioning Stoicism, returned by Google.

Stoicism on Pinterest

Here are all the things tagged “Stoicism” on Pinterest, lots of pretty images and some quotes.

The Painted Porch

This website aims to help bring Stoic communities together.


There are other groups out there so please post your comments below! ¬†We’ll try to add a few more, if we’ve forgotten any important ones.





New Audio Recording: Stoic Mindfulness Exercise

New audio recording of Stoic Mindfulness exercise.

You should be able to click an embedded HTML5 audio-player below to hear the MP3 file:

If didn’t work (is your web browser ancient?) you can just click on this link to download instead:

'A Simplified Modern Approach to Stoicism' by Donald Robertson

In the second article of our series on adapting Stoicism today, Donald Robertson looks at….

A Simplified Modern Approach to Stoicism

Copyright © Donald Robertson, 2013.  All rights reserved.

Stoicism and Stoic Philosophy

This article is designed to provide a very concise introduction to Stoicism as a way of life, through a simplified set of Stoic psychological practices.  The first few passages of Epictetus’ Handbook (Enchiridion) actually provide an account of some fundamental practices that can form the basis of a simplified approach to Stoicism and this account is closely based on those.  We’d recommend you treat it as an introduction to the wider Stoic literature.  However, starting with a set of basic practices can help people studying Stoic philosophy to get to grips with things before proceeding to assimilate some of the more diverse or complex aspects found in the ancient texts.  Both Seneca and Epictetus refer to the Golden Verses of Pythagoras, which happens to provide a good framework for developing a daily routine, bookended by morning and evening contemplative practices.

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Stoic Week 2013: Spread the Word!

N.B. To read more about Stoic Week 2013, click here for an overview, and here for the press release.

We will be working hard to publicise Stoic Week and the London Event through many different channels and networks, including wellbeing groups, philosophy clubs and schools.

But in order for Stoic Week 2013 to reach as many people as possible, we need you to help spread the word!

Let all your friends know, share the electronic flyers via Twitter and Facebook. If you know of any groups or organisations which would be interested, write to them with the flyers and press release, and ask them to get involved. Ask your friends to do the same for any groups they know too. Print out the leaflet and pin it up in your local library, local coffee shops, and university/college – wherever you can think of! Be as creative as you can in spreading the word!

Also, if you are on Facebook, please join our¬†Facebook ‘Stoicism’ discussion group, and also join the¬†‘Stoic Week’ event page,¬†and share it with your friends.

This will probably be the last Stoic Week before the team looks to offering more long-term resources, so¬†let’s make Stoic Week 2013 go viral together!¬†

Feel free to make use of these resources in advertising Stoic Week 2013 and (if you are in the UK), the London Event. You can share any of these on Twitter by sharing the link to the image file.

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Adapting Stoicism Today I: 'Which Stoicism?' by John Sellars

In the first article of our new ‘adapting Stoicism today’ series, which discusses how best Stoicism can be adapted, the need for discernment, and potential difficulties, John Sellars, lecturer of philosophy at Birkbeck College London, asks ‘which Stoicism’?

Which Stoicism?

by John Sellars

Around 300 years separated Chrysippus from Epictetus (both pictured above). 

The aim of the ‚ÄėStoicism Today‚Äô project is to highlight ways in which ancient Stoicism might be of use to people as a general guide to life or might contribute to a therapeutic response to specific problems. Some critics might object that the version of Stoicism being offered bears little relation to the Hellenistic philosophy founded by Zeno and developed by Chrysippus and others (see e.g. Williams on Nussbaum (LRB 16/20 (20 Oct. 1994), 25-6) and Warren on Irvine (Polis 26/1 (2009), 176-8)). As Williams quipped, what use is Chrysippus‚Äô logical theory in learning how to live?

The project, by contrast, has been inspired primarily by a study of Marcus Aurelius and the materials prepared for the project draw on the works of Seneca, Musonius Rufus, and Epictetus ‚Äď all later Roman Stoics. This is not just because the works of these later Stoics survive and those of the earlier Stoics active in Athens do not; it also reflects the fact that these later Stoics focus their attention on what we might call ‚ÄėStoic practice‚Äô. They offer a wide range of practical guidance designed to contribute towards the cultivation of tranquillity or what Zeno called ‚Äėa smooth flow of life‚Äô. It is hard to know to what extent these sorts of practices figured in early Stoicism: we know that early Stoics wrote books on mental training (ask√™sis) and we also know that this featured prominently in Cynicism, an important influence on the early Stoics. Ultimately the evidence is just too thin for us to know for sure.

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Stoic Week 2013: Press Release

Can the ancient philosophy of Stoicism
help us to lead better and happier lives?

Philosophers from Birkbeck, University of London, and the University of Exeter, and psychotherapists are calling on people to¬†live like a Stoic for a week, from 25 November ‚Äď 1 December 2013. The week-long experiment will culminate with a public workshop on Saturday 30 November at Birkbeck, University of London exploring¬†Stoicism for Everyday Life.

The ancient Stoic writers Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius offered a wide range of practical advice and guidance on how to live well and many of the founding figures of modern cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) acknowledged the influence of Stoic philosophy. Stoic Week will put some of this ancient advice to the test and help academics and psychotherapists to assess whether ancient Stoic philosophy can help people to lead better and happier lives.

Stoic Week participants can download a series of exercises, reflections, and meditations to complete each day, prepared by academics and psychotherapists, which draw on ideas from ancient Stoicism. They will complete well-being questionnaires before and after the week and the data from these will be used to assess the effectiveness of the Stoic ideas when they are put into practice today.

Dr John Sellars of Birkbeck‚Äôs Philosophy Department and a member of the¬†Stoicism Today¬†project, said: ‚ÄúThe ancient Stoic authors offer a wide range of practical advice that many people have drawn on in their daily lives. Stoic Week is an opportunity for people to put Stoicism to the test for themselves and for us to gather data on just how effective Stoic psychotherapy is. The public event in London at the end of the week is an opportunity to explore further how Stoicism might help people in their everyday lives.‚ÄĚ

Find out more at

Download this year’s handbook (release date 18th November) from:¬†

Stoicism for Everyday Life

Date: 30 November 2013;

Time: 10:30-17:30

Venue: Clore Management Centre, Birkbeck, University of London, Torrington Square, London WC1E 7JL

Booking: Free but registration required: (

Street Stoicism IV: 'Reflections on the Stoic Life' by Marcin Fabjanski

This is our final excerpt in the ‘Street Stoicism’ series, in which Marcin offers some short reflections on living the Stoic life in general.


Autumn in Warsaw. Livid sky, wet, almost sticky rain, russet grass. The withering leaves fall off the trees at my sight, as if somebody was directing a one-man audience play called Everything has to die at some point, and by that I mean pretty soon.

I‚Äôm walking down the street with the burden of groceries in my bag and the burden of sorrow on my chest. I‚Äôve gained weight again, the project I‚Äôd been working on for three years is falling apart and I will probably lose my job, writing the book about the Stoics does seem to be going somewhere, but it‚Äôs going the hard way and stumbling on some rocks. And worst of all ‚Äď I‚Äôm turning forty soon.

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