There are many incredible resources for learning about and living Stoicism, and we’ve gathered many of them here to make your philosophical journey a little smoother! Incredible organizations, remarkable individuals, basic information, links to the classics–you’ll find it all.
The Plato’s Academy Centre is a nonprofit based in Athens Greece, which is building an online social learning community to help people apply ancient Greek philosophy to modern life, and raising funds to create an event space at the original location of Plato’s Academy in Athens: https://platosacademy.org/
Donald Robertson is a writer, cognitive-behavioural psychotherapist and public speaker. He is one of the founding members of the Modern Stoicism nonprofit, and the founder and president of the Plato’s Academy Centre nonprofit in Athens, Greece. His latest published work is the graphic novel “Verissimus: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius.” His home on the web is at https://donaldrobertson.name/
At Living In Agreement, we explore Stoicism from a humanist perspective, founded on human nature. We draw on ancient and modern Stoic sources, as well as evergreen wisdom from other Eastern and Western philosophical traditions. We also look at current research in moral and developmental psychology, philosophy, neuroscience, anthropology, religious studies–pretty much any field that can help us better understand our nature and how to live in agreement with it. Our emphasis is always practical: how do we become better, happier, and more in tune with the people and world around us? Join us on a journey toward virtue, inner peace, and lifelong flourishing.
Modern Stoicism is run by a multidisciplinary team of volunteers. Its aims are to research and publish information on the application of Stoic philosophy to modern living for the benefit of the general public. Everyone is welcome to be part of our community and to participate in our events and online activities.
Tim LeBon is a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist and Modern Stoic. He’s part of the team at the indispensable Modern Stoicism, and his personal site is TimLeBon.com. He is a past Chair of the Society for Philosophy in Practice (SPP) and was the founding editor of Practical Philosophy. He is the author of “Wise Therapy” and “Achieve your Potential with Positive Psychology.” His new book, “365 Ways To Be More Stoic,” comes out on November 10, 2022.
The Walled Garden is a global community of philosophers, artists, spiritual teachers, and seekers of good will who are dedicated to Truth, Wisdom, Virtue, and the Divine wherever they may be found.
Sharon Lebell is the author of the international bestseller The Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness and Effectiveness. Her inspiring philosophical essays and books have been translated into many languages, including Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, Greek, and Slovenian. Sharon is a performer and composer on a 5-octave hammer dulcimer and an abstract artist. She leads contemplative and meditation gatherings to help participants face each day with a settled, clear mind. Sharon is a co-founder of the Walled Garden. Her personal wesite is sharonlebell.com
Massimo Pigliucci is the K.D. Irani Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York. His academic work covers evolutionary biology, philosophy of science, the nature of pseudoscience, and practical philosophy.
He’s also a blogger, podcaster and author whose latest book is “The Quest for Character: What the Story of Socrates and Alcibiades Teaches Us about Our Search for Good Leaders.”
Scott H. Waltman, PsyD, ABPP, sits at the intersection of Stoicism and psychology. He is a clinician, international trainer, and practice-based researcher. He is certified as a qualified Cognitive Therapist and Trainer/Consultant by the Academy of Cognitive & Behavioral Therapies. His book “Socratic Questioning for Therapists and Counselors: Learn How to Think and Intervene like a Cognitive Behavior Therapist” is available here. His home on the web is https://www.scottwaltman.com/.
Want to read up on the basics on Stoicism? The links below will give you some grounding in Stoic thought.
Wikipedia (as always–this is a starting point for research not the end!): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stoicism
Britannica (limited free views, after that you must subscribe): https://www.britannica.com/topic/Stoicism
Stanford Ecyclopedia of Philosophy (more detailed and dense): https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/stoicism/
Not ready to buy, just want to try? The works of Marcus Aurelius and Epictetus are here: http://classics.mit.edu/Browse/index.html
Seneca’s “Letters From A Stoic” is here: http://www.maximusveritas.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Seneca-Letters.pdf
The wisdom of the grand old man, Zeno of Citium (and his student Cleanthes) is here: http://www.koxkollum.nl/cleanthes/zenocleanthespearson.pdf
Ready to commit some cash? Donald Robertson’s graphic novel “Verissimus” is an excellent and accessible introduction to the writings of Marcus Aurelius.
We highly recommend Sharon Lebell’s radiant modern rendering of Epictetus, “The Art of Living.” It’s an investment that will pay for itself a thousand times over.
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