Curriculum: Book Series

As part of our curriculum – that is, our theoretical and practical Stoic training – we are introducing a book series: a series of events during which we'll host open discussions reviewing books on Stoicism and related areas. These could be popular introductory books on Stoicism, a series of academic articles, academic books on Stoicism, general books on philosophy, Stoicism or related themed journals, or books on ulterior yet related topics like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

 

How does it work? Each month we'll share a book we're currently reading and publish an anticipated event the month afterwards to welcome an open discussion between everyone who's read it. Even if you haven't finished the book completely but have gotten through perhaps a good portion of it, your input is welcome! There may also be cases when we propose two or three books to read in one month; in that case you wouldn't be required to read all two or three, but simply choose at least one to finish. The idea being is that, for example, if there are four or five (and there are indeed many more) books giving a broad introduction to Stoicism, we definitely don't want to spend half the year just reading similar versions of the same text by different authors. Sure they may each have their unique writing styles, but that doesn't mean we need to read five or six different chapters on the dichotomy of control only to feel bored upon reading the third.

On this page we'll publish the current month's book(s) of choice and share a link to the open-discussion event at the end of the month. We'll also keep an archive here of all the books already read in the series; however, keep in mind sometimes we'll recycle through them since we want to provide new participants in Berlin Stoics an opportunity to read texts past.

Stay tuned, take a break from your screen, keep reading, and enjoy! And if you happen not to enjoy one of the selections, don't worry and simply use the opportunity to either argue against the book's arguments, comments, or interpretations, inquire as to its context in the modern Stoicism world, or if it's the some old content you've already learned beforehand take the time to reflect on your knowledge and see if the new text provides new interpretations or forces you to reconsider your understanding of it.

Month 6: 11. February – 23. March, 2022

On the History and Structure of Logic

The link to this event is https://www.berlinstoics.com/event-details/book-of-the-month-logic

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Month 5: 10. December 2021 – 10. February, 2022

Montaigne's Essays

We read:

  • Of Constancy

  • Of Fear

  • That to Study Philosophy if to Learn to Die

  • Of the Education of Children

  • Relish for Good and Evil Depends upon our

  • Opinion

  • Of the Inconstancy of our Actions

  • Of Drunkenness

  • Apology for Raimond Sebond

  • Of Virtue

  • Of Diversion

  • Of Vanity

  • Of Managing the Will

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Month 4: 15. October – 09. December, 2021

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Month 2: 13. August  – 09. September, 2021
 

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