MEETINGS

  • Referring to the calendar may be helpful: https://www.lastoics.com/calendar
  • General Meetings: monthly in person
  • Practice Meetings: weekly on Discord
  • Reading Group meetings : weekly, biweekly, or monthly on Discord or in person
    • Seneca RG (reading Seneca’s Letters): weekly on Discord
    • Epictetus RG (reading Epictetus’ Handbook): TBD
    • Marcus RG (reading Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations): TBD
    • Spinoza RG (currently reading Spinoza and the Stoics): monthly on Discord
    • HTBAS RG (currently reading How to be a Stoic): biweekly on Discord
  • Special events: periodic (see below)
  • Receive announcements and reminders through Meetup, Patreon, or the mailing list (sign up using the “Join the Group” button found in the right margin or bottom of the page)


GENERAL MEETINGS (IN-PERSON)

  • WHEN: These take place every 2nd Saturday at 9am (until 11am)
  • WHERE: The meeting locations are disclosed in email newsletters and on Discord
  • WHAT ABOUT: These are often topic-centered meetings. Ultimately, the goal is community-building and growth through dialectic (an open-minded exchange of questions and responses).
  • READING: The reading is very light – often relegated to a handout or passage read together in the meeting itself

No preparation required; any reading will be read together during the meeting itself.

COVID-19 Safety Measures: The meeting location is outdoors and spacious enough for social distancing. If you are NOT fully vaccinated (with booster) or are feeling ill at all, please stay home and email Justin. We can still have a thoughtful discussion—perhaps in an online version of the meeting. Those who ARE fully vaccinated with booster are unlikely to transmit COVID in an outdoor setting and are unlikely to get seriously ill if they do.

PLEASE CONTACT THE FACILITATOR (justin@lastoics.com) IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS.

See you then! –Justin K.


GENERAL MEETING (ONLINE)

** THESE ARE ONLINE VERSION OF THE IN-PERSON MEETINGS ABOVE **

  • WHEN: These usually take place the day after the in-person meetings, on Sundays
  • WHERE: The meetings are held in a Discord voice channel [If you’re new to the group, please post on Discord or email Justin (justin@lastoics.com) and introduce yourself.]
  • WHAT ABOUT: SAME AS IN-PERSON MEETING (ABOVE)


SENECA READING GROUP ― Letters From a Stoic (trans. Campbell)

No preparation required; we will read together during the meeting itself.


SPINOZA READING GROUP ― Miller’s Spinoza and the Stoics

  • WHEN: These take place every 4th Tuesday at 6pm (until 8pm)
  • WHERE: The meetings are held in a Discord voice channel [If you’re new to the group, please post on Discord or email Justin (justin@lastoics.com) and introduce yourself]
  • WHAT ABOUT: The group is studying Jon Miller’s Spinoza and the Stoics (2018), which explores the similarities between the views of 17th Century philosopher Baruch Spinoza and those of the ancient Stoics (https://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/philosophy/early-modern-philosophy/spinoza-and-stoics?format=PB&isbn=9781108456043). Our primary goal will be to use Spinoza to better understand the complex metaphysics and ethics of Stoic philosophy.

READING (please try to read in advance of the meetings):
– January: Ch. 5 (“Happiness”): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1G3urO9styARGgOwXBtSJV_5jmL6FB3qO/view?usp=share_link
– February: Conclusion (“Spinoza and the Stoics?”): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kkUcF4SW3lgafs1ojNnakvFBJVcx6iQX/view?usp=share_link
OPTIONAL: If you would like more context on Spinoza, here is the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry on him: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/spinoza/


HTBAS READING GROUP ― Pigliucci’s How to be a Stoic

  • WHEN: These take place every other Thursday at 7pm (until 9pm)
  • WHERE: The meetings are held in a Discord voice channel [If you’re new to the group, please post on Discord or email Justin (justin@lastoics.com) and introduce yourself]
  • WHAT ABOUT: The group is reviewing Massimo Pigliucci’s How to be a Stoics (2018) (https://www.basicbooks.com/titles/massimo-pigliucci/how-to-be-a-stoic/9781541644533/). This book offers a very accessible, easy to read introduction to key Stoic concepts and principles, and it delivers some Stoic techniques that you can apply use to face life’s daily challenges.

READING (please try to read in advance of the meetings):
– Jan. 26th: Ch. 3-4
– Feb. 9th: Ch. 5-6
– Feb. 23rd: Ch. 7-8
– Mar. 9th: Ch. 9-10
– Mar. 23rd: Ch. 11-12
– Apr. 6th Ch. 13-14

PDFs of first readings are provided as a courtesy: Ch. 1 (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Wre4HZVeIAAhgJAMWkjPjMl2WK7SZPff/view?usp=share_link) and Ch. 2 (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1TlGj0T3wI5alVG99fr-4C-ezOZCKp1Kz/view?usp=share_link)



How to access the L.A. Stoics Discord channel:

  1. Get access to Discord by creating an account with Discord (https://www.discord.com) and verifying your email with them.
  2. Get access to the “Los Angeles Stoics” server by using this invite link: https://discord.gg/pFJWuTDe9X
  3. Introduce yourself to the group in the #introduce-yourself channel or else introduce yourself to Justin at justin@lastoics.com



AGAIN, PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS. ―Justin K.