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Cynicism & Stoicism Discussion, Level 2 Event

Stoicism was founded by Zeno of Citium, but Zeno's principles were largely an outgrowth of Cynicism. So what was Cynicism and how did Zeno and the Stoics differentiate Stoicism from their preceding philosophical school?

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Cynicism & Stoicism Discussion, Level 2 Event

Time & Location

May 22, 2021, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM GMT+2

About the Event

Greetings fellow Stoics!

Today we're hosting a discussion on the differences and similarities between Cynicism and Stoicism. Before Zeno of Citium founded Stoicism in around 301-300 BCE, he began his philosophical journey as a pupil of Crates of Thebes, a Cynic student of the famed Diogenes of Sinope, shortly after Zeno shipwrecked in Athens. The philosophical training Cynics went through to live incredibly ascetic lives was extreme in contrast to the standards Stoics set thereafter. Zeno began proselytizing his newfound philosophy – originally Zenonianism and only later Stoicism – after departing in a few key areas from Cynicism, including preferred indifferents and cosmopolitanism.

This is a level 2 event, which means you must be familiar with some basic Stoic concepts and have some experience living Stoicism already in order to feel comfortable in this discussion. Please consult the details on what level 2 means here:

There are various resources we ask you to use to get familiar with the topic at hand. You don't have to become an expert, just familiarize yourself with some of the texts published on comparing and contrasting these philosophies. These sources should give you a solid introduction.

You can also post further recommended reading on the topic or related topics in our discussion forum:

Today's discussion will run the 1.5 hours. We don't partition the time, but we will always connect the theory to practice. Please submit specific Leitfragen/prompts you would like discussed either here in our forum or in our Telegram group chat (more on this below). You can submit yours right up until the start of the event and Steve will select a few to cover.

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 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 to those who had not attended if we reach the threshold of 4 participants (other than the facilitator).

We look forward to seeing you there!

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