MEETINGS

  • Regular meetings occur every 2ND SATURDAY of the month at 9am in person
    • THE NEXT ‘REGULAR MEETING’ WILL BE HELD ON THE 3RD SATURDAY (OCT. 16th)
  • Theory meetings occur every 4TH TUESDAY of the month at 6pm online
  • Special meetings occur sporadically (see below).
  • Receive announcements through Meetup or Patreon

COVID-19 DISCLAIMER: Over the past year, the group hosted events online using Zoom. We are now transitioning back to in-person meetings (while preserving some online events for those that prefer them). Masks will generally be required. Please be patient and don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have questions, concerns, or suggestions. — Justin K.



NEXT REGULAR MEETING!

When: [IRREGULAR] Saturday, Oct. 16th at 9am (until 11am)

Where: “Elysian Park Arboretum”—this is a field open to the public with picnic tables; parking nearby at “Chavez Ravine Rd. Parking” and “Elysian Park Section 6” (https://www.laparks.org/horticulture/chavez-ravine-arboretum)

What about: We’ll be continuing our reading of Epictetus’s Discourses and Handbook. The Handbook selections are meant to pair well with the Discourses selections. [Quick note: I will use the term “Handbook” but others use “Manual” or the Greek term Encheiridion]

Reading for this month:
Discourses 1.11-21
Handbook 3, 4, 18, 22, 26, 28, 30, 32, 33, 40, 48, 50

NOTE: Use whichever translation you prefer (it might be beneficial to compare them). The book I will primarily refer to is the Discourses and Selected Writings published by Penguin Classics and translated by Robert Dobbin… A public domain collection of Epictetus’s works can be found here: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Epictetus,_the_Discourses_as_reported_by_Arrian,_the_Manual,_and_Fragments

Masks? If we meet in-person, the venue will be outdoors but we will still exercise caution as long as the L.A. County COVID-19 testing positivity rate is high (it is currently high but decreasing). If you are unvaccinated, immunocompromised, or feeling ill, please stay home and email me if you would like to help facilitate an online version of this meeting. If you are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic, still expect to wear a mask assuming that we cannot maintain 6-ft. of distance. Those who are fully vaccinated are highly unlikely to get seriously ill, but it seems they can still contract and spread the Delta variant to our more vulnerable community members.

PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS.

PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO FACILITATE AN ONLINE VERSION OF THIS MEETING FOR THOSE THAT CAN’T ATTEND IN-PERSON.

See you then! –Justin K.


NEXT ONLINE REGULAR MEETING!

[AN ONLINE VERSION OF THE REGULAR MEETING WILL NOT BE GUARANTEED EVERY MONTH]

When: Sunday, Oct. 10th at 5pm (until 7pm)

Where: ONLINE via Zoom [ registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcvd-CvqTorHtdDxpQCi0bIOIC-zBWeos1]

What about: same as in-person Regular Meeting (see above)



NEXT THEORY MEETING!

When: [NEW DAY] Tuesday, Sept. 28th at 6pm (until 8pm)

Where: ONLINE via Zoom [ registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYrd-uoqjIrEtNo292KMS1486e6P64Clyv3 ]

What about: We’ll be continuing our journey through The Epicurus Reader (trans. Inwood & Gerson) [https://www.hackettpublishing.com/the-epicurus-reader]. Note that we are reading Epicurus in the spirit that Seneca did—”not as a deserter but as a spy” (Letters 2.5). That being said, if you become convinced by the arguments and abandon Stoicism as a way-of-life, so be it. Despite its poor reputation (much undeserved), true Epicureanism promotes an attractive ethics and if more people adopted it the world would be a better place.

Reading for this month:
– Text 4: Letter to Menoeceus (pp. 28-31)
– Texts 5-6: Ancient Collection of Maxims (pp. 32-40)
– Texts 7-13: Doxographical Reports (pp. 41-46)
– Texts 14-26: The Testimony of Cicero (pp. 47-64)

How to Register:

  1. You must register for the Theory Meeting every month. Once you do, 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).
  2. “Registering” just means that when you click the ‘registration link’ above, you will be asked to provide your email, your first-last name, and your city (non-Angelinos welcome!). You’ll also be able to submit any question or comment at the time of registration.
  3. If you are having trouble, please email lastoics@gmail.com and I can help you out –Justin K.

PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS.

ALSO PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU WOULD LIKE A PDF OF THIS MONTH’S READING



NEXT SPECIAL MEETING!

TBD

When: TBD

Where: TBD

What about: TBD