How are you getting on with @StoicWeek?

@Stoicweek #Stoicweek Do you have any questions? Are you encountering any obstacles? Do you have any thoughts or observations to share with others?

How are you getting on with @StoicWeek?

Chrysippus
Chrysippus

Please comment below and share your experiences with Stoic Week.

  • Do you have any questions?
  • Are you encountering any obstacles?
  • Do you have any thoughts or observations to share with others?

Good news!  We only set up the Twitter account a few days ago and already have nearly 100 followers @Stoicweek and #Stoicweek.  We’ve also had nearly 350 votes on our online poll “Who is your favourite Stoic?”  Cast your vote to see the results so far.

Some Videos from Participants

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Who then is free?  The wise man who is master of himself, who remains undaunted in the face of poverty, chains and death, who stubbornly defies his passions and despises positions of power, a man complete in himself, smooth and round, who prevents extraneous elements clinging to his polished surface, who is such that when Fortune attacks him she maims only herself.  Can you lay claim to a single one of these qualities?  – Horace

 

Day 1 of Living the Stoic Life

Post your reflections, observations, share advice and discuss any passages in Stoicism you have found particularly helpful, all in the thread below!’ Please post here anything related to Living the Stoic life today, whether in the comments or, if you would like, via your own Youtube video diary! [Feel free to publish under pseudonym if you prefer!]

Stoicism Podcasts

Want some listening material for Stoic week? I would strongly recommend Peter Adamson’s podcasts from his series ‘History of Philosophy Without any Gaps‘. In particular:

That list of six recommendations gives you one a day, each 20 minutes or so, ideal for listening to while on the bus, train, or walking. Available via iTunes.

Follow @StoicWeek on Twitter

Follow @StoicWeek on Twitter and #StoicWeek for updates.

Follow @StoicWeek on Twitter

Cato the Younger
Cato the Younger

The “Stoic Week” starts this Monday (26th November).  You can follow updates and Stoic snippets on Twitter via the @StoicWeek account and the #StoicWeek hashtag.

There’s also some discussion on this thread in the Stoicism Reddit.

Please spread the word by Tweeting or sharing the links if you can to raise awareness of this.

Also look out for regular posts and updates on the blog and Twitter during the week.

Stoic Texts for Stoic Week

Anyone completely new to Stoicism who is going to follow the Stoic Week may want to read some ancient Stoic texts but not know where to begin. For the purposes of this project I would recommend two texts: The Handbook of Epictetus (cited a number of times in the booklet) and Seneca’s On the Shortness of Life. Both of these texts are short, accessible, and to the point. Reading them and reflecting on their ideas would itself form a productive exercise during the week. I have made copies of both available online, and they should display reasonably well on mobile devices.

Living the Stoic Life: The Booklet

Download the Booklet
The Booklet

You are all, wherever you are around the world, warmly invited to take part in our Stoic week!

Above is the link to the thirty-page booklet, a joint effort by academics and psychotherapists who have studied Stoicism,  a booklet which you can use during our Stoic week [November 26th – December 3rd]. It contains all that you need for the week, including important (yet practical) background theory, specific advice (including bringing Stoicism to work), as well as a host of Stoic exercises (‘askeseis’) which you can practise. Take your time to read and reflect on the booklet this weekend, and be ready to live the Stoic life come this Monday, joining people from all over the world, in living the wisdom of Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, et al.!

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