Roundup and New Poll: "What Next?"

Roundup of Recent Posts
Plus New Poll: What Next?

Well done students of Stoicism!  Make sure you complete the measures again, though.  We need your lovely data to make #Stoicweek work.  Today’s statistics:

  • We had over 8,000 hits on the Stoicism Today website during Stoic Week alone!
  • About 140 people reported they were participating in the study.
  • Over 1,100 people have now viewed the original Youtube Video of the workshop at Exeter University organised by Prof. Gill.
  • We have also acquired over 160 new Twitter (@Stoicweek) followers during the week.
  • Over 120 people commented on The Guardian article by Patrick about Stoic Week.
  • Over a fourteen Youtube video diaries have been uploaded by Stoic Week participants.
  • Over 380 people have voted so far in the poll “Who is your favourite Stoic?“.

What next, though?  You can vote in the poll below (up to three choices) for any ancient philosophy you fancy doing as an alternative to #Stoicweek in the future.  Underneath is a roundup of recent posts in case you missed anything…
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5 thoughts on Roundup and New Poll: "What Next?"

  1. markjohnston says:

    Skeptic week would be appropriate, but Cynic week would be, shall I say, ballsy. Somebody please decide for me.

  2. Cynic Week could involves repeated “shamelessness” exercises:
    http://philosophy-of-cbt.com/2010/09/10/excerpt-shame-attacking-exercises/
    I’m wondering if we could try “solipsist week” because we solipsists should stick together: there aren’t many of us around! 😉

  3. Philo says:

    Given that I came into Stoic week not quite sure whether Stoicism or Epicureanism better suited me, I would be very excited to try an Epicurean week.

  4. The follow-up will be Stoic but as a lot of people have made comments about alternatives, it’s interesting to do a poll and measure their preferences. However, even in another Stoic study, there might be some references to other schools, as the Stoics often borrow from them, share a common heritage, etc. Sometimes techniques common to Stoicism and other schools might actually be better explained in the nonStoic writings. (For example, Seneca and Epictetus both explicitly refer to Stoics using the night-time retrospective contemplation of Pythagoreans, but Neoplatonists perhaps give more detail about how this was actually done in practice.)
    Epicureanism is most popular on the poll. Perhaps we should mention Seneca more, who I would describe as being rather “Epicurious”, in that he clearly leaned in that direction (perhaps to the horror of stricter Stoics).

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