International Stoic Week

International Stoic Week is a project launched in 2012 by philosophy teachers and students at the University of Exeter.

People are encouraged to "live like a Stoic" for the duration of the seven day experiment. That means following the principles of self-control, reason, calm acceptance of fate and indifference to fame and fortune taught by ancient Greek and Roman philosophers like Epictetus, Seneca and Marcus Aurelius. Participants can download a series of exercises, reflections, and meditations to complete each day, prepared by academics and psychotherapists, which draw on ideas from ancient Stoicism (more here). They will complete well-being questionnaires before and after the week and the data from these will be used to assess the effectiveness of the Stoic ideas when they are put into practice today.

Zeno of Citium

Stoicism was founded by Zeno, a Greek from Citium in Cyprus. He began teaching in the early third century BC in one of Athens’ covered walkways (a stoa, hence ‘stoicism’). His work was to influence two thinkers in particular: Epictetus who started life as a slave and ended up leading a famous school of philosophy, and the ancient world’s most famous doctor, Galen.


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