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July Monthly Meeting: “Stoicism: An Exploration”, by Brent BowenDate:
July 10, 2019
Independence Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library
6361 Selig Dr
Independence, OH 44131 US
Center for Inquiry Northeast Ohio
Our July meeting, on Wednesday the 10th, 7 pm, at the Independence Library, 6361 Selig Dr., will look at a philosophy that focuses on ethics. Former CFI NE Ohio President and founder Brent Bowen will be giving a presentation titled “Stoicism: An Exploration”. Stoicism is an ancient philosophy that formed around 300 BCE in Greece, peaked during the era of the Roman Empire, and then faded during the rise of Christianity. It has, however, found resurgence in recent decades, becoming popular with high profile people in Silicon Valley and Wall Street. People like Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and Jeff Bezos are often described as following Stoic principles. In this program, Brent will cover the Key Principles of Stoicism, its strengths and weaknesses, and how it applies to current daily life.
Brent founded the Free Inquirers of NE Ohio (now CFI NE Ohio) in 1995 and served as the organizations president for 13 or its first 15 years. He has also been the newsletter editor for the past 13 years. Last summer, he presented a talk entitled “Naturalism: An Exploration”, which described the philosophy of naturalism, a cornerstone of secular humanism, in layman’s terms. He will approach Stoicism in the same manner, noting that Stoicism doesn’t fit neatly into secular humanism but does share certain attributes. Brent is now retired after a career that included 23 years of selling books and audiobooks to public libraries in a four-state area.
As usual, light refreshments will be served. All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you there!