We will be meeting in SWC 118 on Thursday (10/13) during common hour (12:30-1:30) to discuss the details. Invite your friends!
Here are some highlights of how this year's event differs from last year's:
- Meeting five days (instead of only three)
- Meeting at the Old Stone House (instead of campus classroom, transportation will be provided)
- Meeting at 6:30am (instead of 7:30am)...yes, 6:30am (just think of it as a Stoic test), but there will still be caffeine provided.
- Meetings will be made available to the general public as part of the Center for Public Humanities National Humanities Month
This year's theme will be on Stoicism and Love. Here are some comments on the connection:
Natural affection is the basis of Stoic Ethics and is related to other concepts of love, including familial, brotherly, and erotic. Keeping with cosmopolitanism, Stoics are concerned with how we can live with and express compassion for others. For the Stoic, to be just involves being kind and treating others fairly. In being just, Stoics also strive to recognize that we cannot control others. Love, then, is not dependent upon reciprocation. Being kind and affectionate are seen as virtuous activities done for their own sake and not done to get something from someone.
Some other upcoming Stoic events include:
- Talk: "Living Like a Stoic in a Modern World" to be given by Andrew Winters (Philosophy) at the Old Stone House (10/20 @ 7pm)
- Massimo Pigliucci (CUNY) will be giving a talk and holding an author-meets-critics session for his book Answers for Aristotle: How Science and Philosophy Can Lead us to a More Meaningful Life (Basic Books 2012) on November 18th.
We hope to see you there!