Stoicon 2021 Toronto: The Modern Stoicism Conference (Rescheduled)

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Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel

123 Queen Street West

Toronto, ON M5H 2M9


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Stoicon 2021 is the 8th international Stoicon conference, organized by Modern Stoicism, and takes place in Toronto, Canada.

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NB: Stoicon has been postponed from 2020 to 2021 because of public health concerns over the novel coronavirus pandemic. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Modern Stoicism is a nonprofit organization run by a multi-disciplinary team of volunteers. If you’re interested in Stoic philosophy, whatever your background or occupation, this conference is for you. We're making Stoic philosophy accessible to everyone by highlighting its practical relevance to the everyday challenges people today face in their lives.

NB: There will also be a Stoicon-x mini-conference the following day (Sunday), which can be booked separately.


8 - 9am Registration

9 Introduction: Stoicism Today

Donald Robertson, author of Stoicism and the Art of Happiness and How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius

9.30 The Laughing Stoic – A Stand Up Comedian Looks at Stoicism

Michael Connell, Stoic Comedian

10 Coffee break (30 min.)

10.30 Stoicism, Mindfulness and Writing

Dr. Ranjini George, School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto. Teaches courses on Meditation, Writing, Stoicism and the Good Life

11 Stoicism and the Internalization of Socrates

John Vervaeke, Associate Professor, Psychology and Cognitive Science, University of Toronto, author of the video series Awakening from the Meaning Crisis

11.30 Familiarize Yourself: Human Nature and Modern Stoicism

Brittany Polat, author of Tranquility Parenting: A Guide to Staying Calm, Mindful, and Engaged

12pm Lunch break (90 min.)

1.30 [TBC]

[Speaker TBC]

2 Stoicism and Epicureanism

Catherine Wilson, Professor of Philosophy, CUNY-Graduate Centre, author of How to be an Epicurean

2.30 [Title TBC]

Tom Morris, former Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, author of If Aristotle Ran General Motors, and The Stoic Art of Living

3 What Epictetus Can Tell us About the Stoic Approach

Rachel Barney, Professor of Philosophy, University of Toronto

3.30 Coffee break (30 min.)

4 Stoicism and Star Trek: is Mr. Spock a Stoic?

Massimo Pigliucci, Professor of Philosophy, CUNY-City College, How to be a Stoic, A Handbook for New Stoics

4.30 Keynote: The Stoic Challenge

William B. Irvine, Professor of Philosophy, Wright State University, author of A Guide to the Good Life, and The Stoic Challenge

5.15 Closing: What Next?

Donald Robertson

5.30 - 7pm Reception and light snacks

Program may be subject to change.

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