Philosophy Course: Stoicism for the Modern Mind

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What is Stoic Philosophy and how can this ancient practice be applied to modern life?

Stoicism is a school of philosophy that hails from ancient Greece and Rome in the early parts of the 3rd century, BC. It is a philosophy of life that maximises positive emotions, reduces negative emotions and helps individuals to hone their virtues of character. In recent times, there has been a resurgence of Stoicism and it is being applied in many new workplace settings. It informs some of the thinking around Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and is being actively employed by industry and world leaders.

Session 1. Stoic Philosophy and Belief Systems: The Science of Thought

During this session we consider the way aspects of Stoic Philosophy are visible in modern day perceptions of the world and being human. We examine the way atheists and agnostics approach our existential reality and how these realities can and should relate well to religious and spiritual belief systems such as Christianity, Buddhism and Taoism. Taking a back to basics Stoic approach to life on earth and living with one another as human beings, we consider concepts such as care, renewal, redemption and vision to suggest differences between non-believers, rationalists and believers.

During this session, belief systems will be unpacked under the lens of Stoicism so that no matter what view of the world a person holds, it is fortified and strengthened by reflection and appreciation, and that this re-valuing of perspective allows us to work together as friends and lovers of one another and the cosmos.

Session 2. Stoic Philosophy and Time Management

This session puts Stoic Philosophy to the test of helping us re-evaluate our approach to time management. Do we sleep at night knowing it is night or does the day come with you to the pillow? Do we wake thinking of yesterday or the day after or do we seize the moment? These ideas and others are considered with view to rethink the chaos in a stoic, simplified manner. Learners will reacquaint themselves with the environmental structures of our geographic locale so that the idea of dawn and dusk is taken up with enthusiasm and put to practical use. It considers methods of approach to timetabling that is outside the square of modern living.

We will consider:

  • What is time and do we use it wisely?
  • How might the wisdom of Stoic philosophy help our relationship with time.
  • Ways to rethink your way through the day and night and restructure timetables so that priority, necessity, purpose and direction are the touchstones of fulfilment and success.

Session 3. Stoic Philosophy and Thinking the Passion: The Poetry of Callimachus and keeping the muse slender.

This session considers the poetry of the Greek poet Callimachus (born c. 310 BC). A poet who strove to drive [his] wagon over untrodden fields, the session looks at the way emotional individualism is triumphed. Viewed through the lens of Stoic Philosophy, it looks a themes such as pleasure, pain, desire and fear and the ways in which Callimachus tempers them toward more rational thought.

We will study a miscellany of Callimachus poems through a reading and unpacking method of enquiry. Such an enquiry will be consistent with Stoic views of irrational reactions to good and bad moments in ones life. We will look at the ways in which Callimachus poetics show emotion and can be filtered down to a more essential idea from which a course of action is decided. We will consider how the subtext of the poems commend a spirit of life which is stoic and vital to individual happiness. Learners will leave the session with some idea of Callimachus art, how it relates to stoic philosophy and how it informs a way of rethinking perceptions of emotional happiness.

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