Stoic Week 2020

Live Like a Stoic for a Week – Beginning Monday October 18th

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Stoicism during a Pandemic: Care for Ourselves, Others, and our World

Every animal, as soon as it is born, is concerned with itself and takes care to preserve itself. It favours its constitution and whatever preserves its constitution, whereas it recoils from its destruction and whatever appears to promote its destruction … also parents’ love for their children arises naturally. From this starting-point we trace the development of all human society … This is also the source of the mutual and natural sympathy between humans, so that the very fact of being human requires that no human be considered a stranger to any other.Cicero, On Ends, 3.16, 62-3
One should always keep in mind these things: what the nature of the whole is, and what my nature is, and how my nature is related to the whole, and what kind of part it is of what kind of whole, and that no one can prevent me from always doing and saying what is in accordance with nature of which I am a part. Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 2.9.

Stoic Week consists of seven chapters, one for each day of the week. It gives you an opportunity to join thousands of other participants around the world as they learn to apply Stoic concepts and techniques in their daily lives. Please contact us if you have any questions. Stoic Week has been widely covered in the media in previous years and you can find links to various articles in newspapers and magazines on the Modern Stoicism website.

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The contents of this handbook are not intended as a substitute for medical advice or treatment. Any person with a condition requiring medical attention should consult a qualified medical practitioner or suitable therapist. This experiment is not suitable for anyone who is suffering from psychosis, personality disorder, clinical depression, PTSD, or other severe mental health problems. By undertaking this trial the participant acknowledges that they are aware of and accept responsibility in relation to the foregoing.

Your Instructor

Donald Robertson
Donald Robertson

I was fortunate enough to be one of the founding members of Modern Stoicism and Stoic Week. I'm the author of six books on philosophy and psychotherapy, including the following titles on Stoicism:

  • How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius (St. Martin's)
  • Stoicism and the Art of Happiness, 2nd Edition (Hodder)
  • Build Your Resilience (Hodder)
  • The Philosophy of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy: Stoic Philosophy as Rational and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 2nd Edition (Routledge)

Please email me if you need to get in touch.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
You can access the preliminary area and welcome materials in advance but the rest course won't be available until the official start date shown above.
How long do I have access to the course?
The materials will remain online for a few weeks after Stoic Week ends and then they will be removed so if you want ongoing access make sure you download the audio files and ebook version of the Handbook.
Who can take part?
Stoic Week is for everyone. Anyone can take part. Make sure you read the terms of use, though. Participants must not currently be suffering from a psychiatric condition that might affect their ability to participate in the use of psychological exercises.

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