Stoïcijnse lessen
Stoïcijnse lessen

Let go. Stoic lessons against stressing out

Monday 2 December 2024, 8 pm - 9:30 pm
Lecture and conversation | Radboud Reflects and Anchoring Innovation, Radboud University

Venue: to be confirmed

D you want to handle criticism better, make good use of your free time or experience less frustration due to slow technology? Act like a stoic: let go of what is beyond your control and find inner peace.  Stoic self-help books by authors like Ryan Holiday are big business, and on socials, sayings by Seneca, Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius are scoring very well. So why do we need their teachings again? And does the stoic life increase your well-being, or is it better to regularly give in to annoyances and desires? Come hear philosopher Robert Vinkesteijn and psychologist Daniela Becker and learn why exactly you should or should not want to be a stoic.

Let go of what is beyond your control

'There is only one way to happiness and that is to stop worrying about things beyond your control,' wrote the Stoic philosopher Epictetus. It is perhaps the most famous statement from Stoic philosophy, but certainly not the only one. Their philosophy consisted of more than a collection of inspirational sayings. What exactly did the stoics teach and why do their wisdoms remain so relevant? What kind of life did the Stoics themselves have? Does the 'new Stoa' we find on @StoicReflections on Instagram, @Daily_stoic on TikTok and in bestsellers match the original insights, or do influencers and authors choose the lessons that are applicable to life today?

Despite being ancient, Stoic insights seem written for our times. Whether it's about the opinions of others, self-deprecation, slow phones or delayed packages; Stoic teachings come in handy. Imagine this: your parcel is delayed because of crowds around the holidays. The delivery time is beyond your control, so your best decision is to stay calm and contact the delivery service for updates. Or is that too simple? You could have opted to pick up your order yourself at an earlier time, or choose a different gift. How do you decide what is within your control and what is beyond it? Is it really that simple?

More self-control, less happiness?

A freer and happier existence: do and think like a stoic and it would be within reach. How does stoicism make us happier? It sounds logical that letting go of what is beyond your control creates inner peace, but should we really strive for so much control over our emotions and desires? Is that even healthy? From the stoics, it's okay to feel irritation, happiness or anger sometimes, but doesn't training self-control reduce your ability to let go of the reins when needed? Does being preoccupied with well-being and rest really increase well-being and rest? After their lectures, psychologist Daniela Becker and philosopher Robert Vinkesteijn will engage in a discussion. Ask your own questions too. Find out with which mindset you can best face the holidays.

This programme will be held in Dutch. 

About the speakers

Robert Vinkesteijn is a philosopher at Utrecht University. He researches the relationship between philosophy and the sciences in Greco-Roman antiquity. He obtained his PhD in 2020 with a study on the work of Galenus of Pergamon.

Daniela Becker is a psychologist at Radboud University. She studies the experience and consequences of conflict in terms of self-control, motivation and decision making. Currently, she focuses on the benefits of enjoying in the here and now, compared to pursuing long-term goals.


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