This course is part of a larger programme of research carried out by the “Stoicism Today” group responsible for the Stoic Week event. We are a multi-disciplinary team of psychologists and academics led by Christopher Gill, former (recently retired) Professor of Ancient Thought at Exeter University. Over 3,300 people around the world took part in Stoic Week 2015 but this course is intended to be smaller in scale and more focused. You can find out more about Stoic Week and the people involved at the Exeter Stoicism Today blog.
Our Stoic Week Handbook contained a seven-day program of training, which covered a different aspect of Stoic practice each day. The SMRT course lasts four weeks and is designed to focus in greater depth on a small handful of core Stoic practices, and to allow more time for participants to test them out in daily life. It’s not intended as an overview of Stoic philosophy or Stoic psychological practices but rather an experiment to test the effectiveness of some central Stoic concepts and techniques. This was one of the main things people asked us to develop following on from Stoic Week and other events.
We’ve chosen to focus on aspects of Stoicism, which are:
- Recognizable as being central to ancient Stoicism
- Fairly simple to learn and apply to modern life, within the time available
- A good foundation for learning more about Stoic theory and practice
- Usable without a detailed preliminary knowledge of Stoic history or philosophy
We hope you’ll find this course interesting and valuable, but it will take some thought and commitment on your part, to apply the practices to your own life.
This course was developed by Donald Robertson, with help and support from some of other Stoicism Today team members.