The school of philosophy known as Stoicism was founded by Zeno of Citium sometime around 300 BCE in Athens, Greece. Under Zeno, and his successors Cleanthes and Chrysippus, Stoicism became one of the leading philosophies of the Hellenistic period in Greece. Upon migrating to Rome, it became one of the dominant schools of thought in the Roman Empire, with perhaps the most famous ancient Stoic – the emperor Marcus Aurelius.
While the philosophy of the Stoa had its sway in the ancient world – Marcus is the last known self-identified Stoic of antiquity – there has been a significant revival of Stoicism as a philosophy of life in the 21st Century.
In this workshop, we will explore several things:
The philosophical and historical roots of Stoic philosophy (especially Socrates and Cynicism).
Some of the central theses of Stoic philosophy
The notion of philosophy as a way of life, with Stoicism as our exemplar
The modern revival of Stoicism
Along the way, we might look at a few bits of text, and perhaps a philosophical exercise or two, but mostly we’ll have a conversation about Stoicism and how it manifests as a philosophy of life…and maybe (even) how Stoicism might affect our own lives.
When & Where
This workshop led by philosopher Rob Colter will take place via ZOOM on Saturday, May 15th 2021. No prior background in philosophy is needed to participate.
Date:Saturday, May 15th Time: 10am – 12:30pm MDT
Zoom Registration: See Below (Scroll Down) Cost: Free (Donations Welcome)
In addition to teaching at UW, Rob is the founder and director of Wyoming Stoic Camp (an annual gathering offered through UW to students and the public), teaches philosophy courses in Wyoming prisons via Wyoming Pathways from Prison, and co-hosts Stoa Nova Conversations (alongside Massimo Pigliucci) – a podcast discussion that explores Stoicism as a practical way of life.
In his spare time, Rob likes to spend time with his family, cook, read, and fly fish in the wilderness of Wyoming.
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