• Referring to the calendar may be helpful: https://www.lastoics.com/calendar. 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)
  • General Meetings: monthly in person
  • Practice Meetings: sporadic (stay tuned for future updates)
  • Reading Group meetings : weekly, biweekly, or monthly on Discord or in person
    • Epictetus RG (reading Epictetus’ Handbook): weekly on Discord
    • Graver RG (currently reading Stoicism and Emotion): monthly on Discord
    • Marcus RG (reading Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations): TBD
    • Robertson RG (reading How to Think Like a Roman Emperor) [concluded]
    • Pigliucci RG (reading How to be a Stoic) [concluded]
    • Spinoza RG (reading Spinoza and the Stoics ) [conlcuded]
    • Seneca RG (reading Seneca’s Letters) [concluded]
    • Fideler RG (reading Breakfast with Seneca) [concluded]
  • Special events: periodic (announced on Discord)


GENERAL MEETINGS (IN-PERSON)

  • WHEN: These take place every second or third Saturday at 9am (until 11am)
  • WHERE: The meeting locations are disclosed through Meetup, the mailing list, and on Discord
  • WHAT ABOUT: These are often topic-centered meetings. Ultimately, the goal is community-building and growth through dialectic (an open-minded exchange of questions and responses).
  • READING: The reading is very light – often relegated to a handout or passage read together in the meeting itself

No preparation required; any reading will be read together during the meeting itself.

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

See you then! –Justin K.



EPICTETUS READING GROUP ― Handbook (trans. Waterfield)

  • WHEN: These take place every Sunday at 6pm (until 7pm)
  • WHERE: The meetings are held in a Discord voice channel [If you’re new to the group, please post on Discord or email Justin (justin@lastoics.com) and introduce yourself]
  • WHAT ABOUT: The group is studying a translation of Epictetus’ Handbook (Encheiridion) drawn from the Complete Works of Epictetus translated by Robin Waterfield (2023). A PDF of the reading can be provided to attendees.

No preparation required; we will read together during the meeting itself.


GRAVER READING GROUP ― Stoicism and Emotion

  • WHEN: These take place every 4th Wednesday at 7pm (until 9pm)
  • WHERE: The meetings are held in a Discord voice channel [If you’re new to the group, please post on Discord or email Justin (justin@lastoics.com) and introduce yourself]
  • WHAT ABOUT: The group is studying Margaret Graver’s Stoicism and Emotion (2007), which brilliantly explains and expands upon the Stoic theory of emotion (https://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/S/bo5503948.html). Our primary goal will be to understand this theory and explore its potential strengths and weaknesses.
  • PDF of the reading month to month is provided on Discord or via email.
  • READING (try to prepare by reading in advance of the meetings)
    • April: Introduction
    • May: Chapter 1 (“A Science of the Mind”)
    • June: Chapter 2 (“The Pathetic Syllogism”)
    • July-August: Chapter 3 (“Vigor and Responsibility”)
    • January 2024: Chapter 4 (“Feelings without Assent”)
    • February: Chapter 5 (“Brutishness and Insanity”)
    • March: Chapter 6 (“Traits of Character”)
    • April: Chapter 7 (“The Development of Character”)
    • May: Chapter 8 (“City of Friends and Lovers”)
    • June: Chapter 9 (“The Tears of Alcibiades”)
    • July: Appendix (“The Status of Confidence in Stoic Classifications”) and conclusion


How to access the L.A. Stoics Discord channel:

  1. Get access to Discord by creating an account with Discord (https://www.discord.com) and verifying your email with them.
  2. Get access to the “Los Angeles Stoics” server by using this invite link: https://discord.gg/pFJWuTDe9X
  3. Introduce yourself to the group in the #introduce-yourself channel or else introduce yourself to Justin at justin@lastoics.com



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