Thu, Feb 10|
Book of the Month: Month of Montaigne
An open discussion on a series of essays by the 16th century French philosopher Montaigne. Our first non-Stoic philosopher in our Book of the Month series, in honor of Montaigne's birthday on 28. February.
Time & Location
Feb 10, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM GMT+1
About the Event
Greetings fellow Stoics!
Today we're hosting our fifth open discussion in 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 or other works 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're changing things up a bit. As our first non-Stoic philosopher and in honor of his birthday on 28. February, we'll be reading a selection of essays by 16th century French philosopher Michel de Montaigne. Montaigne had been influenced by Stoicism and other elements of the Hellenistic and generally classic philosophies, and sometimes even directly references the Stoics. In the end, he adopted Pyrrhonism, a school of philosophy founded on skepticism. Montaigne's essays are read the world over and they still influence fields of knowledge including psychology, philosophy, and education. Because of the breadth and scope of his collection, we won't be reading all of it (if you want to, by all means). Here listed below are the essays from his collection we'll be reviewing during our discussion. You can find free copies of the same translation either at Project Gutenberg or Wikisource, though you can also purchase a more updated translation if you so wish.
- Of Constancy, Book 1, Chapter XII
- Of Fear, Book 1, Chapter XVII
- That to Study Philosophy is to Learn to Die, Book 1, Chapter XIV
- Of the Education of Children, Book 1, Chapter XXV
- Relish for Good and Evil Depends upon our Opinion, Book 1, Chapter XL
- Of the Inconstancy of our Actions, Book 2, Chapter I
- Of Drunkenness, Book 2, Chapter II
- Apology for Raimond Sebond, Book 2, Chapter XII
- Of Virtue, Book 2, Chapter XXIX
- Of Diversion, Book 3, Chapter IV
- Of Vanity, Book 3, Chapter IX
- Of Managing the Will, Book 3, Chapter X
We would ideally expect everyone to read them all. Keep in mind this is in February and by the time this has been published, it's only October. So you have time to read these slowly but surely. That being said, while we encourage you to read them all, we also encourage to attend the discussion regardless of how many you have read!
You will notice that this Book of the Month is scheduled two months after the previous one in early December. This is in order to give everyone a break for the holidays.
A couple of words: (1) If you haven't already, you can join our Telegram discussion group and our announcements channel by messaging the host that you'd like to receive an invitation link. (2) The link to this event will be active between around 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!