• Regular meetings occur every 2ND SATURDAY of the month at 10am
  • Theory meetings occur every 4TH WEDNESDAY of the month at 7pm [BUT… The upcoming Nov. and Dec. meetings will be adjusted to accommodate folks on holiday… check out the dates below…]
  • There may also be special meetings (please scroll down to view details)


When: Saturday, December 14th at 10am (until 12pm)

Where: Bicycle Coffee Co. on 2nd St. (in the open space at the back of the shop)

What about: How to Think Like a Roman Emperor (2019) by Donald Robertson

  • Chapter 4: The Choice of Hercules (pp. 113-154)
  • Chapter 5: Grasping the Nettle (pp. 155-186)

Description of Robertson’s book: “How to Think Like a Roman Emperor takes readers on a transformative journey along with Marcus Aurelius, following his progress from a young noble at the court of Hadrian—taken under the wing of some of the finest philosophers of his day—through to his reign as emperor of Rome at the height of its power. Robertson shows how Marcus used philosophical doctrines and therapeutic practices to build emotional resilience and endure tremendous adversity, and guides readers through applying the same methods to their own lives. . . Combining remarkable stories from Marcus’s life with insights from modern psychology and the enduring wisdom of his philosophy, How to Think Like a Roman Emperor puts a human face on Stoicism and offers a timeless and essential guide to handling the ethical and psychological challenges we face today”


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.


When: Wednesday, Nov. 20th at 7pm (until 9pm) [Pushed up a week due to Thanksgiving]

Where: Angel City Brewery on Alameda St. (entrance on Traction Ave.) [We will be OUTSIDE at the outskirts of the “Beer Garden” or else INSIDE at a table near the north side of the building. I will prop up our book on the table so you can spot us.]

What about: Margaret Graver’s Stoicism and Emotion (2007) published by University of Chicago Press

  • Chapter 3: Vigor and Responsibility (pp. 61-83)

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.”


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.


When: TBD

Where: TBD (please reach out to be if you have ideas about hikes or volunteer opportunities!)

What about: TBD

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 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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