Stoics in the Library

Epictetus illustration

Our next bibliotherapeutic outing is on Monday 1st September, 10:30am at Forest Hill Library. We will be talking about the Stoic philosophers, especially Seneca, Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius. In particular the session will look at their ethical ideas: what makes a life goes well.

The session is hosted by the Lively Minds group, aimed at people aged 55+. But if you’re younger in body as well as in spirit, I’m sure they won’t ID check you! No previous knowledge required. Just bring your curiosity and willingness to question your own assumptions. Oh, and your library card if you have one.

Admission Free

Monday 1 September 10.30AM to 12 noon  

Forest Hill Library

Forest Hill Library
Dartmouth Road
London SE23 3HZ

Advert on Lewisham Libraries web site.



Philosophical Bibliotherapy Session at the Philosophy Now Festival 8.9.13

ImageWhich work of philosophy  has changed the way you see the world and your place in it?

If philosophy has any point at all, surely it must be that it can help us to understand ourselves, our experience and how to live better lives. This isn’t to say that reading philosophy should always make us happy. Sometimes the function of a work is to disturb us, making us reassess our most cherished assumptions.

In this session we will talk about whether philosophy fulfils this therapeutic role of enabling us to if not find a cure, at least come to terms with the human condition. Bring your favourite book, or come prepared to talk about why it is important to you…and why you think other people should read it.

The session is happening: 12:00pm Sunday 8th September 2013

at the Philosophy Now Festival at Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL. Nearest tube: Holborn

This all-day festival will include 36 other events including talks, debates, workshops, and philosophical games for the whole family, and runs from 10:00 – 22:00.

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Twitter: @PhilosophyNow  hastag #PhilNowFest2013