Roundup of information about Stoic Week 2013, which starts on Monday, the 25th November.
Stoic Week 2013 officially begins on Monday morning, the 25th November 2013. Stoic Week is a collaboration between a multi-disciplinary team of academic philosophers, classicists, psychotherapists and psychologists involved in research on Stoicism’s potential applications for the challenges of modern living. This is its second year, and over 600 people have already registered online to take part by following our Stoic Handbook during the week and recording the outcomes. You can still register to participate by completing the pre-study questionnaires online at the Stoicism Today website run by the University of Exeter:
You can get regular updates by following @Stoicweek on Twitter or joining our Stoicism Facebook group. Stoic Week has been covered across the media in The Guardian, Telegraph, Times, Financial Times, and Independent newspapers in the UK, as well as The Spectator magazine and the Channel 4 website. You can see a current list of links to relevant media coverage on the page below:
The team have also organised a one-day conference called “Stoicism for Everyday Life” on 30th November, at Birkbeck, the University of London. (I’m speaking on the relationship between Stoicism and CBT.) Tickets were issued free of charge and we expected around 200 people to attend. However, around 400 people attempted to register so extra spaces were made available! This event is now sold-out.
Stoic Week is led by Professor Christopher Gill of Exeter, author of Naturalistic Psychology in Galen and Stoicism (2010). The team also includes a number of other authors in the field of Stoicism: Jules Evans, author of Philosophy for Life and other Dangerous Situations (2012) and philosopher John Sellars, of Birkbeck, the University of London, who is the author of Stoicism (2006) and The Art of Living: The Stoics on the Nature and Function of Philosophy (2003). I’m also involved; my books on Stoicism are The Philosophy of CBT: Stoic Philosophy as Rational and Cognitive Psychotherapy (2010) and Teach Yourself Stoicism and the Art of Happiness (2013), my self-help book Build your Resilience (2012) also has a chapter on Stoic philosophy.
Teach Yourself Stoicism, a new book coming out in a few weeks’ time on Stoicism and modern living, by Donald Robertson.
Stoicism and the Art of Happiness (2013)
Donald J. Robertson
Due for publication by Hodder, December 2013. ISBN: 9781444187106. You can pre-order from Amazon and all major online booksellers. Follow the book on Goodreads.
Why, then, do you wonder that good men are shaken in order that they may grow strong? No tree becomes rooted and sturdy unless many a wind assails it. For by its very tossing it tightens its grip and plants its roots more securely; the fragile trees are those that have grown in a sunny valley. It is, therefore, to the advantage even of good men, to the end that they may be unafraid, to live constantly amidst alarms and to bear with patience the happenings which are ills to him only who ill supports them. – Seneca, On Providence
This new addition to Hodder’s popular Teach Yourself series provides a detailed introduction to Stoic philosophy, with particular emphasis on applying Stoic ethics and therapy to modern living. Donald Robertson is a registered psychotherapist, specialising in cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) for anxiety and other evidence-based approaches, with a background in academic philosophy. He is the author of four previous books, two of which also deal with Stoicism and its relation to modern psychology and psychotherapy:
Stoicism and the Art of Happiness is the product of Donald’s experience over the past fifteen years, in his attempt to integrate the ancient wisdom of Stoic philosophy with modern evidence-based approaches to psychological therapy and stress management.
Table of Contents
Preface: modern Stoicism
The way of the Stoic: “Living in agreement with Nature”
Stoic Ethics: The nature of the good
The promise of philosophy (“therapy of the passions”)
How can you keep updated on the deluge of articles, activities, and events, during Stoic Week 2013?
Stoic Week 2013 starts on 25th November. You can register to participate by completing the online forms on the page below, where you can also download the official Handbook. The Handbook contains basic guidance on how to live like a Stoic, and was put together by a team of academics and psychologists who specialise in the study of Stoicism.
You can join 255 people who subscribe to this using the widget in the top-right of the WordPress blog. You’ll get notified of the blog posts. There are lots lined up during Stoic Week from various authors and academics on Stoicism, etc.
A discussion between Christopher Gill, Professor of Ancient Thought at the University of Exeter, and Patrick Ussher, PhD Student at the University of Exeter. Topics covered include: what we can learn from the last Stoic Week, what we hope to do for the next Stoic Week, and what the project should aim for long-term.