The Stoic Salon Podcast

We meet in a flourishing virtual café. We chat about life, love, work, play, the universe, and Stoicism.

Listen on:

  • Apple Podcasts
  • Google Podcasts
  • Podbean App
  • Spotify
  • Amazon Music
  • Pandora

Episodes

Sunday Aug 28, 2022

"Courage is knowledge of which things are to be chosen and avoided and neither." Diogenes Laertius, 7.92     In this episode of The Stoic Salon Podcast, we discuss how Stoicism defines courage and how courage is connected with the other virtues of wisdom, justice, and balance. If you are interested in learning more, join us in October 2022 for our Courageous Paths to Flourishing, Stoicon Women. Our theme this year is courage and we invite women and everyone to join us to learn what the Stoics might have to say about courage and to find and grow our own natural capacity for courage. Information: https://pathstoflourishing.org   Discussion points: 0:00 Welcome to The Stoic Salon Podcast and introducing guests Professor Chris Gill and Sukhraj Gill (see bio links below). 4:25 Please subscribe, follow, support. Email hello@kathrynkoromilas.com with any questions. 5:10 Welcome to the guests and first question about personal notions of courage. 7:25 Chris mentions awesome example of his dad saving a man. 9:50 Sukhraj offers her own examples of courage 11:40 Question about external validation or reward of courage, what does it look like? What about less visible types of courage? 18:22 Courage as restraint or choosing silence 21:24 Courage beyond the military style. Courage is more universal. Chris talks about Plato's dialogue Laches. 23:10 Chris mentions Euripides' Medea (rather stand in battle than have a baby) and Sukhraj talks about courage for women 28:53 Chris talks about courage and unity of the virtues, can't separate courage from the other virtues 31:10 Chris talks about the importance of facing death and its link with courage and Musonius Rufus quote 32:30 Courage as knowledge and Chris brings in personal examples 36:10 Sukhraj talks about the unity of the virtues 42:20 A quote from Seneca 42:50 Fear. Stoic vs Aristotelian view. Chris's definition of courage - knowing how to act correctly in facing fear. 50:15 A comment about women, fear, courage and a personal example 55:00 How to know how to be courageous in a world where there are so many causes to stand up for. About the guests: Christopher Gill: https://platosacademy.org/christopher... Christopher Gill is a scholar of ancient Greek and Roman philosophy (Emeritus Professor of Ancient Thought at the University of Exeter, UK). Much of his recent work has been centred on Stoic philosophy, including Marcus Aurelius, Meditations Books 1-6, translated with an introduction and commentary (2013), and the introduction and notes to the Oxford World’s Classics translations (by Robin Hard) of Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius. Also, since 2012, He has been closely involved with Modern Stoicism, a collaborative project and organization designed to make Stoic principles accessible as life-guidance to a broad public audience. In that connection, He has given many talks at Stoicon conferences, including one in Athens in 2019, written many blog-posts for Stoicism Today, and worked with others on the handbook for the annual on-line Stoic Week course.   Sukhraj Gill Sukhraj lives in London and practises as a solicitor at a law firm. She was introduced to Stoicism through the Aurelius Foundation and enjoys reading around Stoic ideas and practice. In her free-time she enjoys yoga, voluntary work for a children’s charity and reading. https://aureliusfoundation.com/founders/ About the host: Kathryn Koromilas (https://kathrynkoromilas.com/) is an author, educator, writing instructor, and a mindset and creativity coach. She uses ancient wisdom and writing practices to help her reignite creativity, reimagine purpose, and foster a thriving writing practice. Her interest in living an examined life has led her to be a lifelong student of philosophy and recently explore the philosophies of Stoicism and Buddhism. In 2017, she founded The Stoic Salon where she meets with like-minded and life-hearted souls to read and write with the Stoics. In 2021, she co-founded Paths to Flourishing with philosopher Brittany Polat to give a stronger voice to women in Stoicism. #Stoicism #KathrynKoromilas #courage

Sunday Jul 31, 2022

Q&A in The Stoic Salon with Massimo Pigliucci and Gregory Lopez, authors of "Live Like a Stoic" (UK edition) and "A Handbook for New Stoics" (USA edition).     Join us here: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/thestoicsalon/639919   Timestamps: 00:00 Welcome to The Stoic Salon Podcast 00:11 Musical intro 00:25 Kathryn's rather rambly introduction (which you should probably skip!) 07:03 Welcoming Massimo and Greg to The Stoic Salon 07:55 Question No. 1 on Week 22, Speak little but well. 12:55 Question No. 2 from Scott Bennett on Week 14 Evaluate Your Goals and it is about aligning personal philosophy and professional goals. 20:07 Question No. 3 from Victor De Los Santos on Week 18, “Keep your peace of mind in mind” and it’s about how to evaluate the things that are worth the effort to change. 32:15 Question No. 4 from Wayne Basinger on Week 21 - Choose Your Company Well and it’s about strategies for finding good company. 41:20 Question No. 5 from Michelle Thomas on Week 25 Dealing virtously with frustrating people and it’s about how to avoid assenting to the wrong impressions. 51:40 Question No. 6 from Jim Heath on Marcus Aurelius and the True Self. 58:20 Question No. 7 from Kathryn on Week 35 - Question every action and it’s about regret and taking a Stoic approach when it seems so countercultural #Stoicism #StoicSalon #KathrynKoromilas

Monday Jul 25, 2022

"Courage is knowledge of which things are to be chosen and avoided and neither." Diogenes Laertius, 7.92     In this episode of The Stoic Salon Podcast, we explore our own popular understandings of courage and discuss some Stoic definitions of courage. If you are interested in learning more, join us in October 2022 for our Courageous Paths to Flourishing, Stoicon Women. Our theme this year is courage and we invite women and everyone to join us to learn what the Stoics might have to say about courage and to find and grow our own natural capacity for courage. Information: https://pathstoflourishing.org About the speakers: Brittany Polat (https://www.livinginagreement.com/) is a writer and presenter on Stoicism as a way of life. She is a board member for Modern Stoicism and The Stoic Fellowship, and author of the book Tranquility Parenting: A Guide to Staying Calm, Mindful, and Engaged. Brittany also hosts conferences, such as Stoicon Women: Paths to Flourishing and Stoics Care. She holds a Ph.D. in applied linguistics but currently writes about Stoic psychology and philosophy at her website Living in Agreement. About the host: Kathryn Koromilas (https://kathrynkoromilas.com/) is an author, educator, writing instructor, and a mindset and creativity coach. She uses ancient wisdom and writing practices to help her reignite creativity, reimagine purpose, and foster a thriving writing practice. Her interest in living an examined life has led her to be a lifelong student of philosophy and recently explore the philosophies of Stoicism and Buddhism. In 2017, she founded The Stoic Salon where she meets with like-minded and life-hearted souls to read and write with the Stoics. In 2021, she co-founded Paths to Flourishing with philosopher Brittany Polat to give a stronger voice to women in Stoicism.

Sunday Feb 27, 2022

I get to talk with Massimo Pigliucci and Gregory Lopez, authors of "Live Like a Stoic" (UK edition) and "A Handbook for New Stoics" (USA edition).      Stoic Salon member, Sofia Koutlaki, has invited us all to join her to "Live Like A Stoic" for a year with this book as our guide and on our first group check-in of the year, the authors have joined us to answer our questions. Their answers are incredibly insightful and practical. We share them with you here.  Join us here if you'd like to work through the book with a group. Join us anytime throughout the year no matter where you are in the book. Sign up here: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/thestoicsalon/639919  ⏰   Chapters ⏰  00:00 Welcome to The Stoic Salon Podcast00:15 Musical intro00:29 Introducing The Stoic Salon's commitment to Living Like A Stoic for a Year with Massimo and Greg's book, a journey led by Sofia Koutlaki. 03:00 Welcoming Stoic Salon members and Massimo and Greg to the first check-in of the year.04:55 First question to Sofia Koutlaki: Brief rationale, why you, why this book, why do this together in the Stoic Salon community.06:57 First question to Massimo and Greg: How should we work with the book. What transformation can we expect after a year?07:38 Massimo answers the above question10:03 Greg answers12:30 Since writing the book, what (if anything) has persisted as a daily practice for you? (Scott Bennett)12:46 Greg tells us about his practice15:32 Massimo tells us about 5 exercises he does19:26 What would Massimo and Greg do - real-life scenario No. 1: how to respond to a bully in the workplace22:07 Greg tells us what he would do in response to the above scenario29:29 What would Massimo and Greg do - real-life scenario No. 2: how to respond to someone being abused on public transport30:43 Massimo tells us what he would do in response to the above scenario37:41 Jerry Everard asks about taking another person’s perspective39:43 Greg answers Jerry's question40:57 Massimo answers Jerry's question44:00 Michelle asks a question about the emotions45:24 Massimo answers Michelle's question49:08 Greg answers Michelle's question51:04 Scott Bennett's question: What are your thoughts on using Stoicism to focus more on benefiting others in the cosmopolis (family, friends, people in our society, the world at large), and as less of a solipsistic self help philosophy? 52:09 Massimo answers Scott's question54:20 Greg answers Scott's question56:10 Hanneke asks about the war in Ukraine: What do you think would be the proper Stoic way to look at the war Putin started so aggressively?58:03 Massimo answers Hanneke's question1:02:13 Greg answers Hanneke's question1:06:16 Thank you to Massimo Pigliucci and Gregory Lopez

Wednesday Oct 13, 2021

I get to talk with Jamie Lombardi. We spoke before the very first women's conference on Stoicism, Paths to Flourishing which took place in June 2021: https://pathstoflourishing.org/ We got to talk about grief, Stoicism, Camus, Sisyphus and more!      Jamie Lombardi teaches philosophy at Bergen Community College in New Jersey, where she is implementing the state’s first Corrupt The Youth Program geared toward teaching philosophy to high school students. Jamie also co-hosts the Philosophy (Zoom) Book Club with Massimo Pigliucci. Her writing has appeared in The Philosopher’s Magazine, Aeon, and The Institute of Arts and Ideas. You can find her on Twitter.    

Sunday Oct 03, 2021

I got to talk with Elizabeth Azide. We spoke before the very first women's conference on Stoicism, Paths to Flourishing, which we co-organised, and which took place in June 2021: https://pathstoflourishing.org/     Elizabeth Azide is a marketing professional, writer, and creator of ThePhilosophyOfEverything.com. Elizabeth Azide is a marketer and writer based in Austin, TX. A Dallas native and graduate of Texas Christian University, Elizabeth has spent her working career in the business sector, building a reputation in marketing, communications, and partnerships. By day, Elizabeth currently spearheads international marketing efforts for a growing software company. In 2016, she started a public writing project called The Philosophy of Everything (TPOE), a long-form blog dedicated to capturing how perspectives grounded in practical philosophy can optimize a particular area of daily life. Deeply invested in galvanizing others toward professional and personal goals, Elizabeth has anchored her life around ideas and pursuits that enable individuals to operate at their best. You can find her writing at https://www.thephilosophyofeverything.com/ and can follow her on Twitter.

Monday Sep 27, 2021

I got to talk with Dr Alkistis Agio. We spoke before the very first women's conference on Stoicism, Paths to Flourishing, which we co-organised, and which took place in June 2021: https://pathstoflourishing.org/     About Alkistis Agio: Dr Alkistis Agio is the author of From Fear to Freedom. She founded the #HellenicWellness Movement to empower and transform by sharing timeless Greek “Wisdom, Wellness & Wonder.” She writes books, leads seminars, offers mentoring and leadership training & hosts a webTV show.” Her signature system ‘The ALKISTIS Method®’ is based on Greek Philosophy & Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Of Greek origin, she grew up in Montreal and has worked in Italy, France, Germany, Greece, the United States and the United Arab Emirates. In 2021, she organised a historic event in Athens, ‘STOICON’, the international conference of Modern Stoics. Listen to Alkistis' meditations: https://alkistis.podbean.com/ Read her book, From Fear to Freedom: https://www.alkistis.net/buybook.html #Stoicism​ #StoicSalon​ #KathrynKoromilas

Sunday Sep 26, 2021

I got to talk with Sophia Shapira. We spoke before the very first women's conference on Stoicism, Paths to Flourishing, which we co-organised, and which took place in June 2021: https://pathstoflourishing.org/     About Sophia Shapira: Sophia Elizabeth Shapira is a blogger/vlogger, former software developer, and Stoic prokopton. She has dealt with Autism, Gender Dysphoria, and to some extent Attention Deficit Disorder for her entire life. In early adulthood, she discovered Stoicism to be a powerful tool in navigating and dealing with these challenges. During her nearly two decades working as a software developer, she began making YouTube videos and blog posts on a wide variety of topics – some of which included her use of and experiences in Stoicism. Her three-part YouTube presentation titled “Stoicism: My Coping Mechanism” attracted significant attention. Some years later, her blog post “Why Stoicism is Great For Activism” also received attention as did her YouTube video titled “Onion Layers and Stoicism” in which she discusses a key improvement that Modern Stoicism usually makes on Classical Stoicism – an improvement that is essential for the ancient philosophy to be relevant to someone (such as herself, she says) who deals with a diagnosable condition whose symptoms can include haywire emotions. Learn more about Sophia: http://blog.sshapira.com/ #Stoicism​ #StoicSalon​ #KathrynKoromilas

Sunday Sep 26, 2021

I got to talk with Brittany Polat. We spoke before the very first women's conference on Stoicism, Paths to Flourishing, which we co-organised, and which took place in June 2021: https://pathstoflourishing.org/   Prefer to listen only? Find the podcast here: https://www.podpage.com/the-stoic-salon-podcast/ ⏰   Chapters ⏰  00:00 Welcome to The Stoic Salon Podcast00:15 Musical intro00:29 Welcoming Brittany Polat.  [More chapters coming soon - if you listen and can make timestamp notes - please email! Thanks!] About Brittany Polat: Brittany Polat writes about Stoic psychology and philosophy at Living in Agreement, where she applies her lifelong interest in human nature to the discourse and practice of becoming a virtuous person. Brittany strongly believes that anyone who is willing to reflect carefully on life can make progress toward inner peace and contentment. She holds a Ph.D. in applied linguistics but currently researches and writes about Stoic psychology and philosophy. She is the author of Tranquility Parenting: A Guide to Staying Calm, Mindful, and Engaged. Learn more about Brittany's work in Stoicism:  https://www.stoicare.com/https://www.livinginagreement.com/ #Stoicism​ #StoicSalon​ #KathrynKoromilas

Saturday Sep 25, 2021

I got to speak with Karen Duffy, about creativity, wisdom, reading, choice, and Stoicism. We spoke before the very first women's conference on Stoicism, Paths to Flourishing which took place in June 2021: https://pathstoflourishing.org/     AND LOOK OF FOR DUFF'S FORTHCOMING BOOKS, Wise Up! From Seal Press: https://www.sealpress.com/titles/karen-duffy/wise-up/9781541620483/ In Wise Up, Karen Duffy shares wryly funny and heartwarming lessons on life, motherhood, and python attacks From becoming an iconic MTV VJ to starring in Dumb and Dumber to being diagnosed with a life-threatening disease, Karen Duffy has been through a lot. But it was only when she became a mother that she realized she had some pretty solid life lessons to pass down. In her new book, she offers advice on building a friend group that is weasel free, finding the love of your life, and determining how much to duke the waiter (as with everything—be generous!). With dry humor and maternal warmth, she shows how we all can learn from unexpected philosophers, even from Bulgarian dancing bears. There are times in life when we should turn to the wisdom of great thinkers. And there are times when you need the kind of enlightenment that only a former Coney Island Mermaid Queen can give. Wise Up offers wisecracks—and some profound insights—in a unique book of parental inspiration.   #Stoicism​ #StoicSalon​ #KathrynKoromilas

Image

Title

This is the description area. You can write an introduction or add anything you want to tell your audience. This can help listeners better understand your podcast.

Copyright 2021 All rights reserved.

Podcast Powered By Podbean

Version: 20221013