MEETINGS

  • Regular meetings occur every 2ND SATURDAY of the month at 10am
  • Theory meetings occur every 4TH WEDNESDAY of the month at 6pm
  • Casual meetings occur every week or two during self-isolation (see below)
  • Special meetings occur sporadically (see below)

COVID-19 DISCLAIMER: As with many organizations in Los Angeles, I have decided change all upcoming in-person meetings to ONLINE meetings. It seems like the most prudent course of action at the moment is to practice physical distancing and abide by the shelter-in-place orders recommended by healthcare professionals and policymakers. The goal is to “flatten the curve” (that is, lower the rate of contamination) which will, in turn, lower the rate of hospital intakes and help out our health care workers (here’s an article that I found helpful and kinda neat: http://washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/world/corona-simulator/?tid=pm_pop_b)… THOUGH WE ARE PRACTICING PHYSICAL DISTANCING, WE SHOULD NOT PRACTICE SOCIAL ISOLATION. It’s still important to keep in contact with each other as a means to ‘live in accordance with virtue’. Instead of meeting in-person, I will host video chats using Google Hangout. This is free and easy to use—just RSVP as usual and then follow the invite link in the meeting descriptions on Meetup.com. In the meantime, stay healthy, avoid catastrophic thinking, keep in mind the ‘dichotomy of control’, support your small businesses however you can, protect those that are still working by staying home, and catch up on some reading. Take care and I’ll see you on the other side of the curve. — Justin K.

NEXT REGULAR MEETING! [RSVP HERE]

When: Saturday, May 9th at 10am (until 12pm)

Where: ONLINE VIA GOOGLE HANGOUTS MEET (RSVP and use invite link at Meetup.com)

What about:

  • Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations, Books 8-9 (your choice of translation, the link here sends you to a 1944 public domain version)

PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS

The meetings tend to proceed as follows …

  1. The facilitator makes any administrative announcements there may be
  2. Attendees can share their experience with implementing Stoic exercises/techniques (these are often drawn from modern Stoic texts by Pigliucci, Lopez, Robertson, Irvine, Sellars, Holiday, etc.)
  3. Attendees can share any insights gleaned from ‘outside reading’ (that is, any Stoic/Stoical readings besides the group’s current reading)
  4. We will all then have the main discussion about the current reading (or continuing a past discussion that was left unfinished)

In terms of preparing for the main discussion, you may…

  1. select a passage or two to share and discuss;
  2. think of questions to propose (or answer) and/or
  3. email me in advance at lastoics[at]gmail[dot]com if you would like to ensure we cover something that you find particularly meaningful.

See you then!

— Justin K.



NEXT THEORY MEETING! [RSVP HERE]

When: Wednesday, April 22nd at 6pm (until 8pm)

Where: ONLINE VIA GOOGLE HANGOUTS MEET (RSVP and use invite link at Meetup.com)

What about:

Description of Graver’s book: “On the surface, stoicism and emotion seem like contradictory terms. Yet the Stoic philosophers of ancient Greece and Rome were deeply interested in the emotions, which they understood as complex judgments about what we regard as valuable in our surroundings. Stoicism and Emotion shows that they did not simply advocate an across-the-board suppression of feeling, as stoicism implies in today’s English, but instead conducted a searching examination of these powerful psychological responses, seeking to understand what attitude toward them expresses the deepest respect for human potential.”

PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU NEED A PDF OF THE READING

In terms of preparing, you should read as much as you can (though you don’t need to do the entire reading to get something out of these meetings!). At the very least, …

  1. select a few passages to share and discuss;
  2. think of questions to propose (or answer) and/OR
  3. email me in advance (lastoics[at]gmail[dot]com) if you would like to ensure we cover something that you find particularly meaningful.

See you then!

— Justin K.



NEXT CASUAL MEETING! [RSVP HERE!]

When: Saturday, April 11th at 10am (until 11am)

Where: ONLINE VIA GOOGLE HANGOUTS MEET (RSVP and use invite link at Meetup.com)

What about: There is NO designated reading… But here some potential topics of conversation …

  • We can share our experience with implementing Stoic exercises/techniques (these are often drawn from modern Stoic texts by Pigliucci, Lopez, Robertson, Irvine, Sellars, Holiday, etc.)
  • We can discuss what advice Stocism may offer in dealing with practical problems (this will over lap with the previous topic)
  • We can discuss PAST readings (not upcoming ones): ask questions or share insights about passages that we didn’t touch on during the meetings
  • We can ask questions or share insights gleaned from ‘outside reading’ (that is, any Stoic/Stoical readings besides the group’s current reading)

PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS

See you then!

— Justin K.



NEXT SPECIAL MEETING! [RSVP HERE!]

When: Saturday, April 25th at 10am (until 12pm)

Where: ONLINE VIA GOOGLE HANGOUTS MEET (RSVP and use invite link at Meetup.com)

What about: The Trial of Socrates

I will provide a handout to those that RSVP. It will draw from Plato’s “Euthyphro,” Plato’s “Apology,” and Xenophon’s “Apology”… If you would like to read those longer texts, use your preferred translation or check out public domain versions on my “Commemorating Socrates” page. I recommend folks read at least one of those texts to make the event more meaningful.

PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS

See you then!

— Justin K.

2 Replies to “MEETINGS”

  1. Good day,

    My name is David and I would love to attend your stoicism meetings and other philosophy topics. I am developing a growth in the subject and would like partake in ideas sharing meetings as yours. Looking forward your response.

    Thank you.

    David luboya says:
    1. David: All you need to do is show up and be receptive to discussion. If possible, please use Meetup.com to RSVP. That helps me prep the meeting space. If you have further questions, email me at lastoics[at]gmail[dot]com. — Justin K.

      losangelesstoics says:

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