Stoic Philosophy through the ages

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Learn of the ancient philosophy of Stoicism, its history, practitioners and practices.

This workshop series provides an overview of the ancient philosophy of Stoicism and introduces learners to the major thinkers of the school and its development through time.
It considers the way Stoicism has remained relatively ‘intact’ as it moves across the ages, how it responded to pandemics and how it is visible and practised today in the modern world. The workshops look at belief systems and art forms such as poetry to demonstrate the ways Stoicism inspires thought and action both in the ancient world and today.

Session One: A Free Session providing a history of Stoicism and map of key thinkers.

Session Two: 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 perceptions of 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 3: 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 accompany you to the pillow? Do we wake thinking of yesterday or the day before 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?
Can we rethink our way through the day and night and restructure timetables so that priority, necessity, purpose and direction are the touchstones of fulfilment and success?

Session 4: 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 one’s 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. a.

First Outcome: gain a general understanding of the school of Stoicism and its key thinkers. How it responds to negative events such as the Antonine plaque. b.

Second Outcome: ways it has developed through time and presents today in perspectives of the world. c.

Third Outcome: how it can be used by the individual to order their mind and their lives d.
Fourth Outcome: how it inspires thought and varied art forms. :

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Stoic Philosophy through the ages

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