Sat, Dec 12|
Forum: Stoicism and Epicureanism
Are stoicism and epicureanism really so different? And why have we ended up choosing one over the other to follow?
Time & Location
Dec 12, 2020, 3:08 PM – 6:00 PM GMT+1
About the Event
Greetings fellow stoics!
This next forum we will compare and contrast epicureanism and stoicism. They were stark critics of each other at their peak influence in Ancient Greece and Rome, but each eventually took their own path of development. The stoics were largely adopted by Christians and today a large international community adapting it to modernity, and Epicureanism picked up again by such writers as Marx and Hitchens. It is interesting to note that to an extent Epicureanism was responding originally to Platonism by agreeing with Democritus' metaphysis. In any case, both philosophies are largely misunderstood by the mainstream public today and are in some ways more similar and in others more different than we would have guessed.
Resources to learn more about these Hellenistic philosophies include:
- Pigliucci, M. (2019, September 19). Epic battles in practical ethics: stoicism vs Epicureanism. https://medium.com/stoicism-philosophy-as-a-way-of-life/epic-battles-in-practical-ethics-stoicism-vs-epicureanism-dc124e8dc9
- Pelzel, M. (2001). A comparison and contrast of three ancient roman philosophies. https://www.csun.edu/~bashforth/305_PDF/305_ME2/Compare&Contrast3RomanPhilosophies.pdf
- for additional introductions to stoicism and epicureanism, Wikipedia, the Stanford online encyclopedia (plato.stanford.edu), and the International encyclopedia of philosophy (iep.utm.edu) are all super helpful too, also with links and references to additional resources
- More include Epicurus' actual surviving work, including his "Principal Doctrines" - http://classics.mit.edu/Epicurus/princdoc.html
Lastly, at the end of the forum, stick around and take a look at the current development of a Berlin Stoics website! We would like to make this website as democratically informed as possible and hopefully democratically organized and run if there's enough interest and a website for our stoic journey proves useful and needful enough. A couple of words about the next events: (1) Steve will not be organizing events either on the weekend of 19-20. December or 26-27. December because of the holidays. However, if others wish to organize meetups, please contact fellow stoics in the group to get something going together! Please be safe and make sure to meet online, which brings me to: (2) We are still meeting online for the foreseeable future. We will surely reevaluate the situation after New Years. The link to this event will be posted closer to the event start time, but we do use https://meet.jit.si/.
We look forward to seeing you there!