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Stoicism Today with Guest Chris Fisher, Level 1 Event

We discuss with guest, head of the College of Stoic Philosophers and founder of the blog Traditional Stoicism, Chris Fisher how Stoicism is being revitalized today, its reception and its treatment, and what do we mean when we say Modern versus Traditional Stoicism.

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Stoicism Today with Guest Chris Fisher, Level 1 Event

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Sep 26, 2021, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM GMT+2

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About the Event

Greetings fellow Stoics and eclectics!

Stoicism is a 2000+ year-old philosophy and because of this, adopting it as a way of life in the 21st-century can seem antiquated. But the Stoics today are and in antiquity were never the emotionless and disinterested Vulcans as popular culture presents them. Stoics advocate for a character full of wisdom, justice or fairness, courage, and moderation; that in order to achieve an equanimous and flourishing life one must exercise these four virtues, and virtue ultimately manifests itself as the zenith of self-knowledge. In order to know oneself one must consistently assess the sense impressions and judgments or beliefs one receives as a result of those impressions in order to either assent to them or withhold assent for further experience, critique, and inquiry, including about oneself. These judgments include emotions, but instead of purging them Stoics simply want one to always question whether what you're feeling is commensurate with what is actually going on as well as remember that you should never allow your emotions to get the better of you so you can see more clearly what you're experiencing. Perhaps those emotions are respond to valid judgments; you simply never know until you withhold assent.

Stoicism today, even among practicing Stoics, is never manifest as the one and the same Stoicism. To be sure, both the Modern Stoicism organization which hosts the annual Stoicon and the Traditional Stoicism movement contribute invaluably to the revitalization of Stoic philosophy today. That being said, they do disagree on some issues regarding what is essential for the Stoic philosophy to be practiced and to be theoretically consistent.

Today we host a discussion with guest Chris Fisher, author of the Traditional Stoicism blog and the "Stoicism on Fire" podcast, which you can find on the same blog. He has also been recently appointed as the Scholarch or intellectual head of the College of Stoic Philosophers, a not-for-profit higher education institution whose mission is to cultivate inquiring and practicing Stoics by way two programs which asks of its students to study, practice, and produce on Stoicism – they are not a replacement for secondary or post-secondary educational institutions.

Join us for an evening with a Stoic who has arguably some of the most experience with Stoicism than most outside academic circles. We strongly encourage that before you attend, you check his blog and podcast. It's not required, but will help you get familiar not only with Stoicism in general but what traditional Stoicism means and so the perspective from which Chris will be speaking.

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 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!

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