The Stoicism Today project continues. This year there will be a third 'Stoic Week' (fourth if you include an initial test run), 2nd-8th November. There will also be a third one-day event in London. I organized the first of these at Birkbeck in 2013 ('Stoicism for Everyday Life'). Jules Evans organized the second at Queen Mary in 2014 and he has also put together the third for this year, also at Queen Mary ('Stoicon'), 7th November. Further info here.
I shall be running an afternoon workshop entitled 'The Stoic Worldview: Physics, Religion, Science'. Here is a brief outline of what I plan to do:
The Roman Stoics offer a wide range of guidance about how to live but Stoicism is much more than that, offering a complete philosophical system. The Stoics claimed that their philosophy was an integrated whole, with claims in their ethics (such as ‘live in accord with Nature’) dependent on claims in their physics (what Nature is like). The physics they develop is naturalistic and materialistic. That can sometimes be overlooked when reading, say, Epictetus, whose focus on our faculty of ‘choice’ and apparent indifference towards the body can make Stoicism seem somewhat otherworldly. In this workshop we shall discuss what the Stoics say about Nature, the relationship between their physics and ethics, the extent to which Stoicism might be compatible with religious belief or contemporary science, and whether we can separate their practical life guidance from the wider claims they make about the nature of what exists.