Introduction to Stoicism

Introductory Talk from Stoicon Conference on Modern Stoicism

Hi everyone,

This is my introductory talk on Stoicism from the Stoicon 2017 Modern Stoicism in Toronto. I was the organizer and had been asked to give a brief talk bringing everyone up to speed by providing a lightning guide to Stoicism: Who were the Stoics and what did they believe?

We had the conference professionally video recorded and so you can watch a high quality of video here of the whole presentation. I've also included a transcript of the entire talk, which I read from notes because it was pretty packed with specific details. I've also included an embedded version of the original slideshow, so you can see the slides more easily online.

Hope you enjoy! Feel free to post your comments under the video.


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Donald Robertson
Donald Robertson

Donald is a trainer and writer, with decades of experience. He’s a specialist in teaching evidence-based psychological skills, and known as an expert on the relationship between modern cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and classical Greek and Roman philosophy. He was born in Scotland but worked as a psychotherapist for many years in London, England, where he ran a training school for therapists, before emigrating to Canada to focus on his writing and developing eLearning courses. He now lives part-time in Athens, Greece.

Donald is the author of several books on philosophy and psychotherapy, as well as having contributed chapters to four other books and published many articles in journals and magazines. How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius was #1 best seller in philosophy. He's also the author of Verissimus, a graphic novel about Marcus Aurelius, as well as a forthcoming prose biography of him from Yale University Press. He's edited and written the introduction to Capstone Classics' new edition of The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius. You can contact him via his website.

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