November 21

Monday, November 21, 2022

Stoic Therapy: Self-Care and Care for Others

In this class we continue our study of Roman Stoicism, beginning with the distinction the Stoics drew between their approach to the good life and the approach of their main rival philosophical school, Epicureanism. We'll then consider the ideal of the Stoic Sage in relation to the Stoic "Progressor," the Stoics' understanding of healthy and unhealthy emotions, and the influence of Stoicism in the present day in twelve-step programs for addiction and cognitive behavioral therapy. At the end of class we'll examine some challenges to Stoicism as well as the rise of the Modern Stoicism movement.

Before Class

  • A conversation with Nancy Sherman for Stoicon 2021 covering various issues from her recent book, Stoic Wisdom, including the Stoics’ views on emotions and other misreadings of their understanding of the good life.
  • As you read Epictetus for today’s class, consider how his views connect with the core principles of Stoicism discussed in last week’s lecture.
  • Live Like a Stoic Week starts today and continues through Thanksgiving Break!
  • Due to the break, you can if you prefer complete the Stoic exercises next week from Mon. November 21 through Sun. November 27, 2022.

After Class