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:

Hosting Stoic Philosophy Discussion March 19

I’ll be leading a Stoic Philosophy discussion group focusing on the topic of gratitude at 2 P.M. on March 19, 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.

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.

Footage from previous events:

Appearance on All Politics is Local podcast

I recently spoke with Karla Porter and Mike Supey of the All Politics is Local podcast. We discussed Stoic Philosophy and its practical applications dealing with the topics of control, loss, politics, desire, happiness, and values. We also explored current political topics and reflected on the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election. Access the episode here or click below.

For more about Stoic Philosophy and some of my recent works on the topic, see my Stoicism YouTube playlist and a recent introduction to Stoicism recorded by Kenny Luck:

As always, feel free to comment below.

Stoic Philosophy Handling Adversity Video Clips

I recently hosted a Stoic Philosophy discussion group on the topic of handling adversity with Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia. Group organizer Bob Lennon captured some video from the event which I uploaded.

Stoic Philosophy was popularized by Ancient Greek and Roman thinkers including Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, and Seneca. For the Stoics, a main focus in life 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 writings also examine the topics of gratitude dealing with hardships, how to deal with difficult people, how to think about death, and many other topics.

Enjoy the short videos I embedded below and, as always, feel free to comment.

Consider liking, sharing, commenting, and subscribing on my YouTube channel if you find the content valuable. Stay tuned for more updates and feel free to watch past content.

Introduction and worry about the future:

Prepare for possible negative outcomes:

Remind yourself that what you love is mortal:

Remain focused on goals:

 

Hosting Stoic Philosophy Discussion February 12

I’ll be leading a Stoic Philosophy discussion group concerning the topic of handling adversity at 2 P.M. on February 12, 2017 at the Upper Moreland Library in Willow Grove, PA. This will be a free-of-charge event open to the public hosted by the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia.

Following the event, attendees are welcome to join me and others for dinner at Panera Bread in Willow Grove.

From the event page,

Stoic philosophy — popularized by thinkers such as Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus, and Seneca — addresses topics such as death, meaning, happiness, handling adversity, forming proper judgments about the world, and personal choice/freedom thorough a lens of prioritizing reason and personal aspiration.

Epictetus — in his Discourses – provides helpful insight on how to handle adversity including limiting desire, focusing on what’s in our control rather than what’s outside our power, ridding ourselves of anxiety, anticipating setbacks, embracing a radical acceptance, and focusing on the present.

Join a discussion lead by Justin Vacula, the third in this series, to explore Stoicism and Stoic perspectives on handling adversity. Perhaps you too can apply wisdom from the Stoic tradition to enrich your everyday life. 

See Epictetus’ ‘Discourses’ which will be referred to in this discussion for supplementary information:

https://www.amazon.com/Discourses-Epictetus-Handbook-Fragments-Everymans/dp/0460873121/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1481311189&sr=8-4&keywords=epictetus+discourses

Watch videos about Stoicism on Justin’s YouTube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/justinvacula

Justin Vacula — writer for justinvacula.com — is a poker player; activist for separation of religion and government who serves as co-organizer and spokesperson for the NEPA Freethought Society; skeptic; outspoken atheist; debater; and public speaker.

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; 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 enrolled in Marywood University’s graduate-level Mental Health Counseling program and formerly worked for 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.