• Referring to the calendar may be helpful: https://www.lastoics.com/calendar. 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: monthly in person
  • Practice Meetings: sporadic (stay tuned for future updates)
  • Reading Group meetings : weekly, biweekly, or monthly on Discord or in person
    • Epictetus RG (reading Epictetus’ Handbook): weekly on Discord
    • Graver RG (currently reading Stoicism and Emotion): monthly on Discord
    • Marcus RG (reading Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations): TBD
    • Robertson RG (reading How to Think Like a Roman Emperor) [concluded]
    • Pigliucci RG (reading How to be a Stoic) [concluded]
    • Spinoza RG (reading Spinoza and the Stoics ) [conlcuded]
    • Seneca RG (reading Seneca’s Letters) [concluded]
    • Fideler RG (reading Breakfast with Seneca) [concluded]
  • Special events: periodic (announced on Discord)


GENERAL MEETINGS (IN-PERSON)

  • WHEN: These take place every second or third Saturday at 9am (until 11am)
  • WHERE: The meeting locations are disclosed through Meetup, the mailing list, 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.



EPICTETUS READING GROUP ― Handbook (trans. Waterfield)

  • WHEN: These take place every Sunday at 6pm (until 7pm)
  • 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 a translation of Epictetus’ Handbook (Encheiridion) drawn from the Complete Works of Epictetus translated by Robin Waterfield (2023). A PDF of the reading can be provided to attendees.

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


GRAVER READING GROUP ― Stoicism and Emotion

  • WHEN: These take place every 4th Wednesday 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 studying Margaret Graver’s Stoicism and Emotion (2007), which brilliantly explains and expands upon the Stoic theory of emotion (https://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/S/bo5503948.html). Our primary goal will be to understand this theory and explore its potential strengths and weaknesses.
  • PDF of the reading month to month is provided on Discord or via email.
  • READING (try to prepare by reading in advance of the meetings)
    • April: Introduction
    • May: Chapter 1 (“A Science of the Mind”)
    • June: Chapter 2 (“The Pathetic Syllogism”)
    • July-August: Chapter 3 (“Vigor and Responsibility”)
    • January 2024: Chapter 4 (“Feelings without Assent”)
    • February: Chapter 5 (“Brutishness and Insanity”)
    • March: Chapter 6 (“Traits of Character”)
    • April: Chapter 7 (“The Development of Character”)
    • May: Chapter 8 (“City of Friends and Lovers”)
    • June: Chapter 9 (“The Tears of Alcibiades”)
    • July: Appendix (“The Status of Confidence in Stoic Classifications”) and conclusion


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.