Hosting Stoic Philosophy Discussion April 9

I’ll be leading a Stoic Philosophy discussion group focusing on the topic of free will at 2 P.M. on April 9, 2017 in Willow Grove, PA. The event will take place in the second floor community room at Giant supermarket. This event is open to the public, free of charge, and hosted by the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia.

After the discussion group, attendees are welcome to join me and others for dinner and further discussion in the downstairs cafe area.

What can you expect? I’ve uploaded some videos from previous discussion groups aside other content on my YouTube channel. The entire discussion is not recorded and attendees’ comments are not included the the videos, so you’ll have to attend for the full experience.

We will discuss what may be in our control and outside our control; habits and changing habits; means to attain goals; the possibility of changing thoughts and behaviors to better live; and much more.

Epictetus’ ‘Discourses,’ Marcus Aurelius’ ‘Meditations,’ and Seneca’s ‘Letters from a Stoic’ will be referred to in this discussion.

At discussion groups, I provide a short introduction to Stoic Philosophy and lead discussion based on whichever topic is chosen for the month using passages from Stoic writers including some of my own thoughts. Members react to the passages, share their thoughts, and we have good discussion.

More information about the event, including an RSVP list, is here on the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia’s meetup page.

View footage from last month’s discussion group concerning the topic of gratitude:

Justin Vacula

Justin Vacula hosts the Stoic Philosophy Podcast; serves as co-organizer and spokesperson for the Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) Freethought Society; and has hosted monthly Stoic Philosophy discussion groups for the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia. He has appeared on and hosted various radio shows and podcasts; participated in formal debates and discussions; was a guest speaker for college-level courses; was featured in local, national, and international news; and has been invited to speak at various national, local, and statewide events. Vacula received bachelor's degrees in Philosophy and Psychology, a minor in Professional Writing, and the distinguished W.A. Kilburn Memorial Award for Philosophy from King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He is currently living in the Scranton, PA area attending Marywood University's graduate-level Mental Health Counseling program and has worked with the Arc of Luzerne County's Transition to Community Employment program as a teacher's assistant and job coach alongside adult learners with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He also plays poker; volunteers as a member of the website and media team for the Greyhawk Reborn Dungeons & Dragons campaign while playing at events in the Eastern United States; and enjoys metal music.