The first Stoicism Winnipeg meet-up was Tuesday night. We met as four strangers, but quickly found our common ground in an eager pursuit of understanding the Stoic world view.
Discussion was fast-paced and vigorous and covered a wide range of topics such as the intersection of faith and philosophy, philosophy and psychology, Stoic parenting, the history of Stoicism and the other schools of virtue ethics, and, most of all, what it is that brought each of us to a point where we would be sitting around a table with three other strangers seeking out a deeper understanding of Stoicism.
Personally, I was very encouraged by this small assembly of people humbly seeking a better way to view the world and live their life. I think that if you’ve been sitting on the fence, unsure if you are ready to meet up and “talk philosophy”, you’ll feel very welcome in this group. There is a common theme of a sincere intention to live better lives, not just talk about what that might mean.
Our next gathering is scheduled for Tuesday, December 5 at 7:00PM. We plan to host this one in my home. So, if you want the address, you’ll need to RSVP.
We initially selected the first half of the Enchiridion, but to better focus our discussion we will focus on chapters 1-5 in Epictetus’ Enchiridion as our reading selection for that night.
Where to get it:
- You can find a free copy of it at the Internet Classics Archive.
- Chuck Chakrapani has published a modern translation titled “The Good Life Handbook” for free on Kobo and Kindle
- And then there are a myriad of paper translations. Personally, I own this Penguin translation of Epictetus’ Discourses.
This is fairly light reading and a great introduction to some of Stoicism’s most fundamental ideas.
If you have time to get a bit deeper I would encourage you to enrol in Reason IO’s free course on Epictetus’ Enchiridion and participate in that course at least up to the end of its commentary and resources for chapters 1-5. This is where I will draw some of the topics for conversation for that evening.
This promises to be an interesting discussion. If you’re on the fence or nervous about coming out, it may be time to exercise the Stoic virtue of Courage and RSVP.
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Now, for those of you who are eager to become engaged in this discussion, whether you can attend the meeting or not, please jump into the comments and share some preliminary thoughts on the first five chapters in Epictetus’ Enchiridion.