The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately. - Seneca

We’re living in uncertain times. The COVID-19 pandemic affects us all, and it’s becoming clear that we can’t depend on any one person or institution to make sense of our current crisis. In lieu of blindly reacting, how can we respond to this situation with wisdom? 

 
Philosophy, dormant during times of relative certainty and ease, often comes to life just when it’s most needed. Once we admit, as Socrates urged, that we do not know what we thought we knew, this newfound knowledge of our own ignorance can help us begin to open ourselves up to what we can know together—and to how we can act in unison, based on that shared knowledge.

 

The Stoa was once a covered portico where Stoics met to philosophize. Now it’s a digital space, where we can gather and talk about what matters most right now, at the razor’s edge of this pandemic. Join us. Sign up to our mailing list for regular updates, gift what you can to support this project, and RSVP for upcoming sessions.

- Peter Limberg

The Stoa is stewarded by Peter Limberg, co-founder of Stoicism Toronto, a board member of the Stoic Fellowship and an Adjunct Researcher at the University of Toronto’s Consciousness & Wisdom Studies Lab. This project would not be possible without the help of Andrew Taggart, John Vervaeke, Jordan Hall, and Daniel Kazandjian.

UPCOMING ONLINE SESSIONS

Situational Assessment w/ Jordan Hall. April 4th @ 11:00 AM ET. Learn more. RSVP here

Metagame Mastermind Prototyping w/ Daniel J Kazand. April 4 @ 6:00 PM ET. Learn more. RSVP here.

Memento Mori: An Inquiry w/ Jared Janes. April 5th @ 11 AM ET. Learn more. RSVP here.

Communitas Invitation w/ Andrew Taggart. April 5th @ 7:00 PM ET. Learn more. RSVP here.

Socratic Speed Dating w/ Raven Connolly. April 6th @ 7:00 PM ET. Learn more. RSVP here.

Circling Through the Meta-Crisis w/ Guy Sengstock. April 7th @ 7:00 PM ET. Learn more. Registration closed.

Self Awareness in a Crisis w/ Yancey Strickler. April 9th @ 7:00 PM ET. Learn more. RSVP here.

PAST ONLINE SESSIONS

The COVID Trolley w/ Patrick Ryan. April 3rd @ 6:30 PM ET.

Alongsidedness w/ Richard Bartlett. April 3rd @ 12:00 PM ET.

Existential Dance Party w/ Collin Morris. April 2nd @ 7:30 PM ET.

Philosophy: The Practice for Death and Dying w/ Adam Robbert. April 2nd @ 6:00 PM ET. 

COVID-19: A War Broke out in Heaven w/ Zachary Stein. April 2nd @ 1:00 PM ET. 

Amor Fati w/ A.J. Bond. April 1st @ 7:00 PM ET.

A Stoic Training Program w/ Michael Tremblay. March 30 @ 7:00 PM ET. Watch.

Overcoming Bias During COVID-19 w/ Robin Hanson. March 30 @ 2:00 PM ET. Watch.

Game A Fundamentalists w/ Jim Rutt. March 30 @ 10:00 AM ET. Listen.

Foreshadowing Watch Party w/ Lubomir Arsov. March 29th @ 6:00 PM ET.

Stoic Fortitude: On Failure and Failing w/ Greg Sadler. March 29th @ 1:00 PM ET. Watch.

The Stoic Breath w/ Steve Beattie. March 29rd @ 11:00 AM ET. 

The Communitas Prayer w/ Andrew Taggart. March 28th @ 7:00 PM ET. 

The COVID Spectacle w/ Davood Gozli. March 27th @ 9:30 AM ET. Watch.

Existential Dance Party w/ Collin Morris. March 26th @ 7:00 PM ET. 

Situational Assessment w/ Jordan Hall. March 26th @ 12 PM ET. Watch.

Writing Meditation w/ Davood Gozli. March 26 @ 10:00 AM ET. 

The Meaning Kairos? w/ John Vervaeke. March 25th @ 6:30 PM ET. Watch.

Caremongering Meditation w/ Jared Janes. March 24th @ 11 AM ET. Watch.

Embodying The Stockdale Paradox: An Inquiry w/ Peter Limberg. March 23 @ 7 PM ET.

The Stoic Breath w/ Steve Beattie. March 23rd @ 11 AM ET. Watch.

Psychotech Prototyping: Communitas w/ Andrew Taggart. March 22nd @ 7 PM ET.

Being a Stoic During a Pandemic w/ Massimo Pigliucci. March 22nd @ 11 AM ET. Watch.

Situational Assessment w/ Jordan Hall. March 21st @ 10 AM ET. Watch.

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