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Stoicon 2019 in Athens – The Modern Stoicism Conference


Stoicon 2019 in Athens – The Modern Stoicism Conference

This is the sixth annual Stoicon.  Stoicon is the annual conference of Modern Stoicism, a nonprofit organization run by a multi-disciplinary team of volunteers. If you’re interested in Stoic philosophy, whatever your background or occupation, this conference is meant for you. Our aim is to make Stoic philosophy accessible to everyone by highlighting its practical relevance to the everyday challenges people face in different aspects of modern life.

For the first time, Stoicon will be taking place in Athens, Greece, the birthplace of Stoic philosophy.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  NB: There will also be a Stoicon-x event the following day (Sunday), which can be booked separately. 


8 - 9am Registration

9 Introduction: Welcome to the Birthplace of Stoicism Donald Robertson, author of Stoicism and the Art of Happiness and How to Think Like a Roman Emperor, etc.Alkistis Agio (Greece), author of The Stoic C.E.O.

9.30 On Taking Responsibility: The Stoics in Exile Jonas Salzgeber, author of The Little Book of Stoicism

10.15 Morning coffee break

10.45 Military StoicismThomas Jarrett, LTC-R, retired combat stress control officer, creator of Stoic & Warrior Resilience Training programs in the Iraq War

11.30 For the Benefit of All: On Being a Social StoicJohn Sellars, Lecturer in Philosophy at Royal Holloway, University of London, author of Stoicism and The Art of Living, Lessons in Stoicism, etc.

12.15 The Acropolis, the Inner Citadel and the View from AboveMatt Sharpe, Professor of Philosophy at Deakin University

1-2.30pm Lunch break

Parallel Sessions

Choose two parallel sessions at registration.  Each session will run twice, from 2.30 - 3.15pm and 3.30 - 4.15pm.

1) Cotsen Hall: How to Thrive in a World Out of Your ControlMassimo Pigliucci, K.D. Irani Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York, author of How to be a Stoic and A Handbook for New Stoics, etc.

2) ASCA Seminar 1: Studying Philosophy in Athens: The Case of ZenoChristina Kourfali, author of Live like the Stoics 

3) ASCA Seminar 2: How to Start a Modern StoaPeter Limberg, organizer of Stoicism Toronto

4) BSA 1: Stoicism, Aristotle, and Environmental ResponsibilityChris Gill, Professor Emeritus of Ancient Thought at the University of Exeter, author of The Structured Self in Hellenistic and Roman Thought and Naturalistic Psychology in Galen and Stoicism, etc.  Gabriele Galluzzo, Senior Lecturer in Ancient Philosophy at the University of Exeter, author of The Medieval Reception of Aristotle's Metaphysics Book Zeta and Universals in Ancient Philosophy 

5) BSA 2: The Stoic Cosmopolis, Then and NowDavid Fideler, author of Restoring the Soul of the World, The Pythagorean Sourcebook (ed.), etc.

8) Cotsen Library: Stoicism and CreativityPiotr Stankiewicz, Lecturer at the University of Warsaw, author of Does Happiness Write Blank Pages? On Stoicism and Artistic Creativity

4.15 - 4.30 Afternoon coffee break

4.30 Keynote: Epictetus on Attending to Oneself Katerina Ierodiakonou, Professor at the University of Athens and at the University of Geneva, editor of Dialectic after Plato and Aristotle and Topics in Stoic Philosophy, etc. 

5.15 Closing: What Next in Athens?Alkistis Agio (Greece)

5.30 - 7pm Reception and light snacks

Extra talks and events to be confirmed.  Program may be subject to change.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact Modern Stoicism via our website contact form.


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