Sun, Jun 20|
Kai Whiting: Stoic Guest Appeareance
Kai Whiting is a co-author of "Being Better: Stoicism for a World Worth Living in". He is a researcher and lecturer in sustainability and Stoicism based at UCLouvain, Belgium. Join Kai for a Q&A, discussing and debating with him on your most pressing Stoic questions.
Time & Location
Jun 20, 2021, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM GMT+2
About the Event
Greetings Stoics, eclectics, and philosophically or academically interested alike!
The Central European region of Stoa, of The Stoic Fellowship, presents a Sunday afternoon with Kai Whiting. Kai Whiting is a co-author of Being Better: Stoicism for a World Worth Living in. He is a researcher and lecturer in sustainability and Stoicism based at UCLouvain, Belgium. He can be found on Twitter @kaiwhiting and blogs at StoicKai.com. We're really grateful he's willing to give his time to engage our regional Stoic community in Stoic discussion and debate. Like the first Stoics, he'd like to visit our attempt to virtually emulate the Painted Porch and engage us in true discussion and debate about Stoicism. You can ask him anything, be it clarification of a Stoic principle, how to practice and live Stoicism in our age, how Stoicism can help us and how it can serve us uniquely among the many self-help attestations, or anything you wish. He's giving us an hour and a half of his time so make sure to come by and use as much of it as we can!
Kai Whiting is a co-author of Being Better: Stoicism for a World Worth Living In with Leo Konstantakos. Modern Stoicism editor Dr. Greg Sadler reviews the book in further detail in his youtube video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkOMjTOngEY&t=12s. As the book is summarized, Twenty-three centuries ago, in a marketplace in Athens, Zeno of Citium, the founder of Stoicism, built his philosophy on powerful ideas that still resonate today: all human beings can become citizens of the world, regardless of their nationality, gender, or social class; happiness comes from living in harmony with nature; and, most important, humans always have the freedom to choose their attitude, even when they cannot control external circumstances. This empowering message led a wide array of people, from the slave Epictetus to the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, to embrace the philosophy. In our age of political polarization and environmental destruction, Stoicism has taken on new relevance. In Being Better, Kai Whiting and Leonidas Konstantakos apply Stoic principles to contemporary issues such as social justice, climate breakdown, and the excesses of global capitalism. Above all, they show that Stoicism is not an ivory-tower philosophy or a collection of Silicon Valley life hacks, but a vital way of life that helps us live simply, improve our communities, and find peace in a turbulent world.
A couple of last technical words: (1) The link to this event will be active 10-15 minutes ahead of the start time, and we use https://meet.jit.si/ for our video conferencing. (2) Lastly, we are not recording this event.
We're really looking forward to fellow Stoics and Stoic-minded eclectics attending, but even more so we're especially looking forward to all those with little experience with Stoicism but wishing get introduced or learning about it further! You need not be a Stoic or have any knowledge about it to attend! Stoicism stands ready to help anyone and so are Kai and our event. We wouldn't be just, courageous, temperate, and prudent if we weren't open-minded, inclusive, and welcoming. We believe, rather we know that this philosophy can be useful for those seeking to take on the challenges of their lives and deal with the anxiety and problems of our age.
We look forward to seeing you there!