Stoicism: Resilience or Resignation?
Friday December 8 at 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm CST
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Dr. Gena Gorlin, a clinical psychologist and founder coach, teams up with Dr. Jason Rheins, a scholar of ancient Greek philosophy, to put Stoicism under the microscope: does it live up to its modern-day hype? And if not, what’s a better alternative?
Stoicism, a byword for quiet emotional endurance, is both an ancient philosophical system and the newest pop-philosophy sensation. Startup moguls and self-help gurus are singing their praises as a way to master one’s passions, weather the slings and arrows of fortune, and achieve happiness. But what are its actual claims, and where do they actually lead in practice? Is Stoicism a powerful toolbox for building emotional resilience, or a well-marketed philosophy based on repression and resignation? Dr. Jason Rheins (Ancient Greek philosophy scholar) and Dr. Gena Gorlin (clinical psychologist) will lead a discussion on the philosophy, old and new, to see if it’s really the “therapy of the passions” its proselytizers promise—and, if not, what a more tenable “therapy of the passions” might look like.
- A Different and Better Way to Live: An Exposition of the Builder’s Mindset and its Contraries, by Gena Gorlin
- De Finibus, by Cicero
- Comment by Allan Machado in “Traditional Stoicism” Facebook group