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.
Who are the team?
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.