Thu, Feb 03



Today we return to one of the Stoic classics and favorites. What better way to resume our Stoic studies in 2022 than with Seneca, a remarkably similar author and famour inspiration to the later Montaigne.

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Time & Location

Feb 03, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM GMT+1

About the Event

Greetings fellow Stoics!

Today we're hosting a discussion on that Stoic classic and favorite, Seneca. Born into nobility, he eventually found himself being a close tutor and advisor to the Roman Emperor Nero. Despite the questionable politics in which he involved himself and the time commitment necessary for such a career, Seneca still found the time to write some of the most canonical essays, dialogues, and letters of the Stoic philosophy.

The week following we'll be meeting to review some of Montaigne's essays and there is an abundant amount of evidence to suggest that Seneca was a major influence on Montaigne. Their texts, including essays, letters, and dialogues, mirror each other in their writing style and their focus on Stoic themes, and they lived around 1500 years apart. Montaigne eventually comes to an agreement with the skeptics, but there were still obvious Stoic elements in Montaigne's perspectives.

Our discussion will focus on only a selection of his essays, letters, or dialogues, including:

This is a level 2 event, which means you should be familiar with some basic Stoic concepts and have some experience with Stoicism already in order to feel comfortable in this discussion. Please consult the details on what level 2 means here: It isn't necessary though to have read these essays in the past. We just ask that those who are attending read two or more of the texts listed above. However, anyone can attend, and everyone is encouraged to attend, if only to listen.

Today's discussion will run 2 hours, though don't feel discouraged from attending if you know you will have to leave early. We don't partition the time, but we will always connect the theory to practice.

A couple of words: (1) If you haven't already, you can join our Telegram discussion group and our announcements channel by contacting us and we'll send you a link to the channel. (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 afterwards if we reach the threshold of 4 participants (other than the facilitator).

We look forward to seeing you there!

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