Stoicism Resources

Compiled by Massimo Pigliucci
See Massimo's original compilation on his site here

Some of the best places on the Internet where to pursue your interest in, and practice of, Stoicism.

Stoicism, the Wiki entry. Stoicism is a school of Hellenistic philosophy founded in Athens by Zeno of Citium in the early 3rd century BC. The Stoics taught that destructive emotions resulted from errors in judgment, and that a sage, or person of “moral and intellectual perfection”, would not suffer such emotions…

Stoicism, the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry (advanced). Stoicism was one of the new philosophical movements of the Hellenistic period. The name derives from the porch (stoa poikilê) in the Agora at Athens decorated with mural paintings, where the members of the school congregated, and their lectures were held. Unlike ‘epicurean,’ the sense of the English adjective ‘stoical’ is not utterly misleading with regard to its philosophical origins…

Stoicism, the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry (medium-advanced). The term “Stoicism” derives from the Greek word “stoa,” referring to a colonnade, such as those built outside or inside temples, around dwelling-houses, gymnasia, and market-places. They were also set up separately as ornaments of the streets and open places…

Modern Stoicism, the creators and organizers of the annual Stoic Week. An excellent place to visit at the leas during Stoic Week (the last week in November). It features a forum of fellow Stoics, as well as materials to be downloaded for practice, like the excellent Stoic Week Handbook.

Stoicism Today, the University of Exeter blog on all things Stoic: ancient Stoic philosophy for modern living.

The Stoicism Group on Facebook, by the same people that organize Stoic Week. Good discussions among thousands of Stoics worldwide. People feel free to post quotes, ask questions (from introductory to pretty challenging), and solicit feedback from other members.

Stoicism and the Art of Happiness, a site about ancient Stoic philosophy and modern psychological therapy. Maintained by Donald Robertson, the author of the book by the same title, a good self-help style guide to Stoic practice.

The College of Stoic Philosophers, founded on the 5th of July, 2008, as an open Internet school to encourage a life-long pursuit of philosophy as the love of wisdom. For the Stoic philosopher, this is, and always has been, the foundation for daily practice in the art of living. The College offers a Stoic Essential Studies course (4 months) and the Stoic Philosopher program (one year) through the Marcus Aurelius School. Graduates of both programs will receive certificates of completion suitable for framing.

Indifference is a power, or why Stoicism is one of the best mind-hacks ever, by Lary Wallace, Aeon magazine. As legions of warriors and prisoners can attest, Stoicism is not grim resolve but a way to wrest happiness from adversity…

The Painted Porch, a podcast devoted to Stoicism.