Series of Talks on Stoicism at Toronto Public Libraries

I’m delighted to announce that I’ve been invited to deliver a series of talks at several of the public libraries in my home city of Toronto. Follow the links below for more information…

  1. Fort York Library, Tuesday 9th July, 6.30-8pm
  2. Toronto Reference Library, Thursday 22nd August, 2-3.30pm
  3. Lillian H. Smith Library, Wednesday 11th September, 6.30-8pm

I’ll be adding more information closer to the events.

Stoicon-x Toronto

Save the date! The Toronto Stoics are hosting Stoicon-X on September 8th.

Toronto is at the heart of the Stoicism movement, with the world’s largest actively philosophizing Stoic group. Stoicon-X events are annual conferences organized around the world. The theme for this year’s conference in Toronto is PRACTICE. Stoicism is a highly practical philosophy. It is meant to be put into action and it is not designed for those who prefer to stay on the armchair. However, since the majority of the ancient texts are missing, we are uncertain of how the Stoics actually practiced.

The Modern Stoic movement has found itself and is now in the process of discovering and developing ways to practice both individually and collectively. This year’s conference is meant to continue this discussion.

RSVP @ www.thestoa.ca

Speakers

  • “How to Be a Stoic When You Don’t Know How” presented by Chuck Chakrapani
  • “The View from Above: A Transformation of Perspectival and Participatory Knowing” presented by John Vervaeke
  • “How to Practice like a Roman Emperor” presented by Donald Robertson
  • “How to Thrive in a World out of Your Control, One Practical Exercise at a Time” presented by Massimo Pigliucci

Agenda

9:00AM – 9:30AM – Registration

9:30AM – 12:00PM – Morning sessions/presentations

12:00PM – 1:15PM – Lunch (on your own)

1:15PM – 4:00PM – Afternoon sessions/presentations plus StoicTalks

4:00PM and Beyond – The Afterparty AKA “The Drunken Symposium”

First 300 Reviews of How to Think Like a Roman Emperor

How to Think Like a Roman Emperor

How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius, my sixth book, came out in April. It’s now been rated/reviewed over 300 times on Goodreads. It has also been reviewed in several publications, including The Wall Street Journal.

Mr. Robertson […] displays a sound knowledge of Marcus’ life and thought. The author’s accessible prose style, well-suited for recounting both philosophical concepts and arcane Roman history, contributes to its appeal. As an introduction to Stoic philosophy, it’s hard to beat the “Meditations,” which deserve to be read ahead of any commentary on them. That said, Mr. Robertson’s book succeeds on its own terms, presenting a convincing case for the continuing relevance of an archetypal philosopher-king.

You can read some of the latest Goodreads reviews below…

Spotlight on How to Think Like a Roman Emperor by the American Philosophical Association (APA)

Read the full article here…

  • What is How to Think Like a Roman Emperor about?
  • How does it fit in with your larger research project?
  • For those of us who are unaware of the nonprofit’s work, can you describe one or two of the ways it has utilized Stoicism to comment on modern living (e.g. the SABS scale)?
  • Why did you feel the need to write this book?
  • Would you be willing to share one of the stories in your book and the relevant idea you draw from it?
  • How do you think Stoicism compares to other psychological treatments (relaxation therapy, hypnotherapy, group therapy, meetings with individual counselors, etc.)?

Daily Stoic: Stoicism for Pain, Anger, and Anxiety

I recently contributed a series of articles to the Daily Stoic website, mainly focused on Stoic psychological techniques and their relationship with cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT). First, though, a couple of interviews:

Here are three articles on different aspects of Stoic therapy:

  1. Stoicism and Pain Management
  2. Stoicism and Anger Management
  3. Stoicism and Anxiety Management
How to Think Like a Roman Emperor

Facebook Groups for Stoicism

Emperors in Gallery

There are now lots of online communities for people interested in Stoicism. There are several large communities for Stoic philosophy in general but increasingly more specialized groups have appeared. It’s interesting to see which topics have their own communities now.

I run a large Stoicism group called Stoicism Group (Stoic Philosophy), which was founded in 2013 and currently has around 48,600 members. Here are some others. I’ll keep adding more so please comment below if you want to suggest any…

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