How to Be a Stoic

Ancient Wisdom for a Happier Life

About the Course

Stoicism is an ancient guide to life, but its insights are more relevant than ever. Many of the greats were influenced by Stoicism—George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Stuart Mill, JK Rowling, and Nassim Nicholas Taleb, just to name a few.

It’s a recipe for happiness and self-mastery. And it’s not just a philosophy for elites; it’s full of practical wisdom for entrepreneurs, athletes, parents, and everyone in-between.

Stoicism’s rational and pragmatic philosophy is captured by The Serenity Prayer: it involves developing the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, courage to change the things we can, and wisdom to know the difference. Or as Epictetus remarked…

What, then, is to be done? To make the best of what is in our power, and take the rest as it naturally happens.

We can come to embody the Stoic philosophy by cultivating virtue and refining our judgements through reflection and practice.

In this four-week course, you’ll learn how to be a Stoic. We’ll explore the main themes of Stoicism; the four cardinal virtues; Stoic techniques such as the dichotomy of control and negative visualisation; Stoic advice of death, love, and relationships; and most importantly, how to practice Stoic wisdom in your daily life.

With the help of weekly readings from Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, Epictetus and others, and guided group discussions with a leading Stoic scholar, you’ll discover this ancient guide to a more happy, fulfilling, and tranquil life.

About the Course

Stoicism is an ancient guide to life, but its insights are more relevant than ever. Many of the greats were influenced by Stoicism—George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Stuart Mill, JK Rowling, and Nassim Nicholas Taleb, just to name a few…

It’s a recipe for happiness and self-mastery. And it’s not just a philosophy for elites; it’s full of practical wisdom for entrepreneurs, athletes, parents, and everyone in-between.

Stoicism’s rational and pragmatic philosophy is captured by The Serenity Prayer: it involves developing the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, courage to change the things we can, and wisdom to know the difference. Or as Epictetus remarked…

What, then, is to be done? To make the best of what is in our power, and take the rest as it naturally happens.

We can come to embody the Stoic philosophy by cultivating virtue and refining our judgements through reflection and practice.

In this four-week course, you’ll learn how to be a Stoic. We’ll explore the main themes of Stoicism; the four cardinal virtues; Stoic techniques such as the dichotomy of control and negative visualisation; Stoic advice of death, love, and relationships; and most importantly, how to practice Stoic wisdom in your daily life.

With the help of weekly readings from Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, Epictetus and others, and guided group discussions with a leading Stoic scholar, you’ll discover this ancient guide to a more happy, fulfilling, and tranquil life.

About your instructor

Dr Matthew Sharpe

Dr Matthew Sharpe is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Deakin University. His research interests include classical philosophy, psychoanalysis, and critical theory. For the past decade, his work has increasingly focused on Stoicism and modern receptions thereof, and he is currently working on a forthcoming book about philosophy as a way of life.

Course structure

The course consists of four 90-minute classes and takes place in our virtual classroom over Zoom.

It is a live and interactive course, which features:

  • Assigned readings,
  • Live lectures,
  • Live Q&A sessions with the instructor,
  • and Zoom breakout rooms with your intellectually curious classmates.

Discussion spaces are available via private Facebook groups.

To maintain an optimal learning environment, classes are kept small — so be quick in securing your spot!

What You'll Learn

Overview

Themes, Masters, and the Four Cardinal Virtues

Techniques

Dichotomy of Control, Negative Visualisation, Stoic Meditation

Advice

Emotions, Relationships, Death

Practice

Incorporating Stoicism into your Daily Life

Course dates

May 2022

Class Dates

All classes run from 6.00 PM AEST to 7.30 PM AEST
• Week 1: Tue 3 May, 2022
• Week 2: Tue 10 May, 2022
• Week 3: Tue 17 May, 2022
• Week 4: Tue 24 May, 2022

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