The Cambridge Stoics is a Meet-up event that I started to organise in January 2019.
It is open to everybody who is interested in the practice of Stoicism in day to day life.
The meet-ups are intended to be a discussion about the daily practice of Stoicism. During the meetings we use ancient texts like Senaca’s and Epictetus’ side by side with modern ones like D. Robertson’s as a source of inspiration for our conversations.
Stoicism has been for centuries one
of the most successful and influential schools of thought, spanning every class
of the Roman/Greek society. It is now having a rebirth in the modern day with
the same goals of 23 centuries ago.
Nowadays we are inclined to consider philosophy as a series of complex conversions about abstract topics. On the contrary ancient philosophies like Stoicism address questions pertinent to peoples life, primarily: How can we live a life worthy of living? How can I become a good person (‘arete’ in Greek)? How can I be happy (‘ataraxia’)?
In English, the term ‘stoic’ is often associated with the idea of being an emotionlessrobotic, a sort of Spock, or a long-suffering situation, “a lonely cow under the rain in the dark”.
However, a Stoic (capitol S) is nothing like. He/she is a person who pursues moral growth, to cultivate ‘virtues’ and practical wisdom.
The main Stoic books are: Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations, Seneca’s Letters and Essays and Epictetus’ Enchiridion and Discourses.
All of these texts are part of the public domain and freely available ( https://stoicfellowship.com/stoicism-resources.html ), other recommended books are listed here.
“Cambridge Stoics” is part of the Stoic Fellowship ( https://stoicfellowship.com/stoic-groups.html ), an international community whose aim is to foster the knowledge and practice of Stoicism through online and in-person activities throughout the world.