MEETINGS

  • Regular meetings usually occur every 2ND SATURDAY of the month at 9am in person
    • ATTENTION! The Oct. 2022 Regular Meeting will take place on the 3RD SATURDAY (10/15/22)
  • Theory meetings usually occur every 4TH TUESDAY of the month at 6pm online
  • Special meetings occur sporadically (see below)
  • Receive announcements and reminders through Meetup, Patreon, or the mailing list (sign up using the “Join the Group” button found in the right margin or bottom of the page)


NEXT REGULAR MEETING IN-PERSON! ― Stoicism and Gratitude (Pt. 1)

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 15th at 9am (until 11am)
ATTENTION! This is the third Saturday of the month instead of the second, when we usually meet. Apologies for any inconveniences.

WHERE: IN-PERSON at our new location. We will meet in the Lewis MacAdams Riverfront Park (https://mrca.ca.gov/parks/park-listing/marsh-park/) at one of the picnic tables set around its grass field (or—if it happens to rain—underneath the Spanish-style pavilion). Bring your own chair if you’d like to guarantee a comfy seat.

WHAT ABOUT: The meeting is going to center around Books 1 & 2 of Seneca’s On Benefits (De Beneficiis)—his treatise on gratitude and generosity. 

READING: You have three [or four] options when it comes to the actual text; use any version you’d like (and don’t forget to check your local library):

1. The best version is Miriam Griffin and Brad Inwood’s 2011 translation and commentary published by the University of Chicago Press: https://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/O/bo3773596.html

2. A good version is James S. Romm’s ABRIDGED 2020 translation (along with some commentary, Seneca’s letter on the same topic, and the original Latin) published by Princeton University Press: https://press.princeton.edu/books/hardcover/9780691192093/how-to-give 

3. An acceptable version is Aubrey Stewart’s 1887 translation, which is in the public domain and freely accessible: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/On_Benefits 

[4.] A good version is also available in Seneca’s “Moral Essays, Volume III” published by the Loeb Classics Library in 1935 and translated by John W. Basore. You can find it online in a difficult-to-read format here (it would be good for cross-referencing the Stewart translation at least): https://www.stoics.com/seneca_essays_book_3.html   

WANT MORE? About five years after writing On Benefits, Seneca returns to the topic of gratitude in one of the letters to his friend Lucilius. It serves as a kind of extension of the essay and it provides a nice summary of the important points. Here’s Richard M. Gummere’s 1920 translation of it if you’d like to check it out: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Moral_letters_to_Lucilius/Letter_81

COVID-19 Safety Measures: The meeting location is outdoors and spacious enough for social distancing. If you are NOT fully vaccinated (with booster) or are feeling ill at all, please stay home and email me. We can still have a thoughtful discussion—perhaps in an online version of the meeting. Those who ARE fully vaccinated with booster are unlikely to transmit COVID in an outdoor setting and are unlikely to get seriously ill if they do. That being said, everyone is welcome to wear their mask and will certainly not be discouraged or judged.

PLEASE CONTACT THE FACILITATOR (justin@lastoics.com) IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS.

See you then! –Justin K.


REGULAR MEETING ONLINE! ― Stoicism and Gratitude (Pt. 1)

** THIS IS AN ONLINE VERSION OF THE IN-PERSON MEETING ABOVE **

When: Sunday, Oct. 16th at 9am (until 11am)

Where: ONLINE via Zoom [the registration link will be provided through Meetup, Patreon, and the mailing list]
> REGISTER EARLY: Some new procedures are being implemented to ensure the meeting is a safe space to have discussions. Please register early—especially if this is your first meeting. Make sure to provide your full name when registering and then, if this is your first meeting, email Justin at justin@lastoics.com and introduce yourself. [SAME PROCEDURE AS “THEORY MEETINGS” (BELOW)]

What about: SAME AS IN-PERSON MEETING (ABOVE)

Reading for this month:
SAME AS IN-PERSON MEETING (ABOVE)



NEXT THEORY MEETING! ― Spinoza and the Stoics (Pt. 3)

When: Tuesday, Oct. 25th at 6pm (until 8pm)

Where: ONLINE via Zoom [the registration link will be provided through Meetup, Patreon, and the mailing list]
> REGISTER EARLY: Some new procedures are being implemented to ensure the meeting is a safe space to have discussions. Please register early—especially if this is your first meeting. Make sure to provide your full name when registering and then, if this is your first meeting, email the host (Justin) at justin@lastoics.com and introduce yourself.

What about: We’re continuing our study of Jon Miller’s Spinoza and the Stoics (2018), which explores the similarities between the views of 17th Century philosopher Baruch Spinoza and those of the ancient Stoics (https://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/philosophy/early-modern-philosophy/spinoza-and-stoics?format=PB&isbn=9781108456043). Our primary goal will be to use Spinoza to better understand the complex metaphysics and ethics of Stoic philosophy.

Reading for this month:
– Ch. 2 (“Phantasia and Ideas”) of Spinoza and the Stoics (2018) by Jon Miller: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OftNKQBW1Q-pIIkh74ApojlumTEz_i8q/view?usp=sharing
OPTIONAL: If you would like more context on Spinoza, here is the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry on him: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/spinoza/

How to Register:

  1. You must register for the “Theory Meeting” every month using the Zoom ‘registration link’ (through Meetup, Patreon, or the mailing list). Provide your full name (first and last) in the registration form.
  2. NEW MEMBERS: If this is your first L.A. Stoics meeting, email the facilitator (Justin) at justin@lastoics.com with the email you used to register and introduce yourself. He will not admit you from the Zoom Waiting Room unless he recognizes your name.
  3. Once you register, a ‘join link’ (along with more info) will be emailed to you that is unique to that month’s meeting and to you (i.e., no sharing)
  4. If you are having trouble, please email justin@lastoics.com and the facilitator will help you out!



NEXT SPECIAL MEETING! ― TBD

When: October TBD

Where: TBD

What about: TBD

For more info, email me at justin@lastoics.com

AGAIN, PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS. ―Justin K.