MA School Completion


I got the notification that I have completed the year-long Marcus Aurelius School with the College of Stoic Philosophers.  Looking back on the last year, a lot had changed for me and my life.  I’ve quit my job, (temporarily, Fate permitting) relocated halfway across the country, started a new job, new apartment, and really made some serious changes.

In many ways, my study of philosophy helped me to find the boldness in myself to do these things.  My understanding of the conception of indifferents, operating with the reserve clause, and seeing that ‘the good’ lies in my moral and willful choices has helped me do these things which I suspect I would not have done previously.

Big risks, in a conventional way of thinking; but I’m comfortable and confident that no matter what happens with these projects, preoccupations, and activities:  there is no risk to my moral purpose by making these choices.  Certainly, other things can help or hinder that, but not these things.  It’s an empowering place to find one’s self.

Through the last year, the thing that has remained constant for me has been my obligation to the MA School.  It’s an interesting thing to look back and see that.  I’m glad I had it, and I’m glad to have gone through it.  Philosophy can be this constant thing, this companion and challenging path in one.  While improvement and progress is something we try so hard to see, the utility of having this monolithic quest provides a certain context for the rest of life.

Looking back at where I’ve been the past year, I am excited to see where I will be next year, with my faithful companion of philosophy to help.

MA School update


So, I’ve all but finished the first term in New Stoa’s Marcus Aurelius School.  The first term was logic, and we’re moving on to physics next.  The course thus far is interesting, and the readings and books are more in depth than the SES course.  So far, I’m enjoying it quite well.  I’m looking forward to the next term, which begins in early July.  The format of the course is altered slightly, and the change of pace is welcome.

If you haven’t stopped by and checked out the fine folks at New Stoa, I heartily suggest it.  The free SES course is a great place to start!

SES Course


I’ve registered and am taking New Stoa‘s The College of Stoic Philosophers SES Course.
The class uses several texts, and I will present my progress in chronological order divided by readings.
I don’t receive any compensation for any links provided, and many of these works are available for free on a variety of digital formats.

The Curriculum:

  • Stoicism, by John Sellars       [Amazon link] 
  • Letters from a Stoic, by Seneca       [Amazon Link]
  • The Discourses of Epictetus, by Arrian

  • Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius       [Amazon Link]

  • The Mneme Manual, by Erik Wiegardt       [Download Link]