Group Discussions

Let's Talk

The free exchange of ideas is a time-honored tradition amongst philosophers, and it’s one of the main ways that our members engage with each other. Following in the footsteps of our forebears, we aim to meld the spirit of inquiry of classical Athens with the modern-day protections for free speech enshrined in the Constitution of the United States–the best of both worlds, indeed.

How it Works

We host discussions on a regular basis for Stoics of all experience levels. Depending on what’s convenient for the attendees, the discussion may be held in person or online. Discussions typically revolve around a single topic, whether it’s a chapter in a book, an ancient text, or something else.

Worried you won’t know what to say? That’s alright–there’s no expectation for you to speak. Many members attend discussions for the sake of listening and learning from more experienced practitioners.


Our group discussions have covered the following concepts, and more:

  • basic Stoic concepts
  • Applying Stoicism to modern life
  • The Dichotomy of Control
  • The importance of community
  • techniques for attaining personal tranquility
  • the meaning of virtue, and how to pursue it
  • Determinism versus free will
  • How to manage anger Stoically
  • Living according to reason
  • Greek versus Roman Stoicism
  • Stoic romance
  • Becoming your ideal self
We’ve discussed the following books from ancient and modern philosophers:
  • Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
  • The assorted works of Epictetus
  • Letters from a Stoic by Seneca
  • the inner citadel by pierre hadot
  • A Guide to the Good Life by William Irvine
  • The Practicing Stoic by Ward Farnsworth
  • Being Better: Stoicism for a World Worth Living In by Kai Whiting
  • A Handbook for New Stoics by Massimo Pugliucci

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