August Stoic Philosophy Discussion Group: Death with Dignity

I’ll be hosting a Stoic Philosophy discussion group on death with dignity with the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia on August 20 of 2017.

Join me and members of the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia (HAGP) for a free open-to-the-public Stoic Philosophy discussion group I’ll be hosting focused on the topic of death with dignity. The event will take place in the community room of the Upper Moreland Public Library at 2 P.M. on Sunday, August 20. Following the discussion, I’ll join attendees for conversation & Greek and Mediterranean dinner at Zoe’s Kitchen — a short drive from the library — in Willow Grove.

What can you expect? I’ve hosted six Stoic Philosophy discussion groups with HAGP and also recently delivered a speech to HAGP members titled ‘Stoic Philosophy for Secular Humanists.’ I will upload a podcast episode on the topic of death with dignity, but this discussion group will not be recorded, so you’ll have to attend for the full experience.

I’ve been uploading Stoic videos and podcasts to SoundCloud, iTunes, YouTube, and Stitcher in addition to maintaining a Patreon page which includes content & updates in addition to rewards for those who support my efforts.

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July BBQ and Book Swap

I’ll be attending the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia’s July 23 BBQ and Book Swap at Fort Washington State Park in Pennsylvania.

Meet me and others from the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia at their upcoming BBQ and Book Swap for a nice outdoor event with food, conversation, community, and games.

Find the event here on Meetup.com and see more information below in the advertisement. See you there!

Stoic Philosophy for Secular Humanists Speech

I recently presented on the topic of Stoic Philosophy for the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia. Watch the video on YouTube and listen on SoundCloud.

From the introduction to my speech:

Secular humanists — subscribing to no religious worldview — face questions of how they can find meaning in life, have an ethical foundation, cope with hardships, and come to terms with death. Religious individuals draw upon their various traditions for answers to many of life’s big questions, but non-religious individuals may find themselves to be at a loss – especially in the eyes of the religious – to establish and explain a solid framework for living a coherent examined ethical life.

Stoic Philosophy – popularized by Ancient Greek and Roman thinkers like Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, and Seneca – offers practical wisdom with which Secular Humanists and people of all backgrounds can improve their lives by finding responses to many perennial challenges.

For the Stoics, a main focus is pursuing virtue to attain a well-examined life through practical applications of Philosophy – acting with good character, using reason to form accurate careful judgments about the world, and having contentment through casting away anxiety and certain desires. Stoic writers urge people to take action applying what they learn to everyday life. Self-improvement including strengthening and improving one’s mindset is central to Stoic thought. Even though many Stoic writers are centuries removed from us, their wisdom endures and is extremely relevant to our time.

This speech – referencing Epictetus’ ‘Discourses,’ Marcus Aurelius’ ‘Meditations,’ and Seneca’s ‘Letters from a Stoic’ — will focus on central themes within Stoic Philosophy including having an ethical foundation for life, finding purpose, dealing with death, overcoming adversity, acceptance, distinguishing what’s inside and outside our control, and working toward contentment.

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