Thu, Sep 16|
Book of the Month: Compiling the Stoic Voices (NEW DATE)
An open discussion on Farnsworth's "The Practicing Stoic", which organizes various Stoics' and non-Stoics' quotes according to Stoic principles.
Time & Location
Sep 16, 2021, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM GMT+2
About the Event
Greetings fellow Stoics!
A brief note: This event was originally scheduled for Thursday 09. September. A technical problem arose at the beginning of the event and we had to postpone one week. Thurday 16. September at 18:30 is the NEW DATE for this book of the month event. The next book of the month review on James Stockdale's essays will remain on the same date 14. October.
Today we're hosting our second open discussion on our Book of the Month series. You can check out the page for our Book Series at https://www.berlinstoics.com/book-series but essentially, each month we recommend one book or a selection of books to read and at the culmination of that month we come together and discuss what we read. The books or texts (sometimes they may be journal articles or others) are focused on Stoicism and related topics.
For this month, we'll be reading The Practicing Stoic by Ward Farnsworth. Each chapter gives a detailed presentation on one of the core Stoic principles or topics in which they solved ethical, psychological, or other problems and provided advice or solutions, including judgment, externals, death, wealth and pleasure, valuation, learning, and more. However, this book is unique in that Farnsworth provides little to no commentary of his own, because most of every chapter isn't his own work: it's a compilation of quotes from various Stoics' and non-Stoics' works. For example, in the chapter on desire he may quote Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, and Epictetus, but also Adam Smith, Plutarch, Montaigne, and others who have made contribute remarks about desire and how Stoics would confront the problem.
You do not need to have any knowledge or experience with Stoicism before having read this book. However, this book may not necessarily be considered an introduction into the philosophy, but rather an attempt to provide multiple perspectives from various authors on intersecting issues.
A couple of words: (1) If you haven't already, you can join our Telegram discussion group and our announcements channel by contacting us with your cell number and we'll add you. (2) The link to this event will be active between 20 and 10 minutes ahead of the start time, and we use https://meet.jit.si/ for our video conferencing. (3) Lastly, we have recently been streaming our events live on youtube and saving them on file, especially for those who cannot make particular events; at the start of each event, Steve will of course ask if everyone is okay or anyone has a problem with this. Furthermore, we only share recordings afterwards if we reach the threshold of 4 participants (other than the facilitator).
We look forward to seeing you there!