Tribute to Albert Ellis: Stoicism as the Root of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

TRIBUTE TO ALBERT ELLIS: STOICISM & CBT DAVID ALEXANDER Ellis was the founder of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT). Ellis wrote about how he was influenced by Stoic Philosophers and his theory underlying REBT continues to influence the modern practice of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). Ellis was the first author who formally introduced me […]

The Hopeful Wisdom of Edith Eger

THE HOPEFUL WISDOM OF EDITH EGER SHARON LEBELL of my cherished teachers is Edith Eger. Like Viktor Frankl, Dr. Eger lived through unspeakably degrading conditions during the Holocaust and came to the conclusion that the will to meaning is redemptive. After a childhood of bearing witness to evil and relentless death, she built an […]

The Life and Wisdom of Jane Austen

THE LIFE AND WISDOM OF JANE AUSTEN JUDITH STOVE THURSDAY, JULY 21, 3 PM (PT) REGISTER NOW ABOUT THE EVENT I would never have had the opportunity to become a researcher and writer if it were not for Jane Austen (1775-1817). It was from thinking about Austen as a key writer on virtue that I […]

The Darkness and Light of Fyodor Dostoevsky

THE DARKNESS AND LIGHT OF FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY BRANDON TUMBLIN ABOUT THE EVENT Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote several masterpieces, including Crime and Punishment, The Brother’s Karamazov, and Notes From Underground. Due to a mock assassination, Dostoevsky suffered brain trauma which allowed him to delve deep (and dark) into his characters. He addresses the balance between faith and […]

The Elegant Wisdom of Albert Camus

THE ELEGANT WISDOM OF ALBERT CAMUS ROCCO JARMAN ABOUT THE EVENT Algerian-born author and philosopher Albert Camus’ philosophy was most elegant precisely because he was not preaching or arguing, he was simply loving out loud, professing his love from the rooftops of an empty page. His greatest works are in the form of stories, with […]

Ode to Seneca: A Tribute to My Guiding Sage

ODE TO SENECA: A TRIBUTE TO MY GUIDING SAGE ABOUT THE EVENT Of all the teachers who have set my soul on fire, Lucius Annaeus Seneca remains nearest to my heart. An acclaimed (and at times infamous) Roman playwright, orator, philosopher, and advisor to the emperor Nero, Seneca’s writings have stood the test of time […]

Philosophy and Music: A Dialog and a Dance

PHILOSOPHY AND MUSIC: A DIALOGUE AND DANCE SHARON LEBELL THURSDAY, SEP 29, 3 PM (PT) REGISTER NOW ABOUT THE EVENT Sometimes we need to shut up and listen. To drop all the words, all our reflexive attempts to put experience into verbal categories, our bids for cleverness. Music has important messages for us that transcend […]

How Women can Upgrade Modern Stoicism

HOW WOMEN CAN UPGRADE MODERN STOICISM SHARON LEBELL THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 3 PM (PT) REGISTER NOW ABOUT THE EVENT Women have joined the modern Stoic conversation, and are now key contributors to this burgeoning philosophical movement. What does the female perspective add that Stoicism, traditionally conceived and interpreted by men, needs? A lot.  HOSTED BY […]

Messages for our Time: Sanctuary

MESSAGES FOR OUR TIME THE SANCTUARY SIMON J. E. DREW THURSDAY, SEP 01, 3 PM (PT) REGISTER NOW ABOUT THE EVENT Join Simon Drew and friends to discuss “Messages For Our Time,” a new series of events by The Walled Garden Philosophical Society which will give our philosophers the chance to discuss what they deem […]

Making Meaning in Spite of Absurdity and Evil

MAKING MEANING IN SPITE OF ABSURDITY AND EVIL SHARON LEBELL THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 3 PM (PT) REGISTER NOW ABOUT THE EVENT If we keep up with world events, it is difficult to avoid despair or nihilism. There is so much work that needs doing to repair our world. Lest we lose heart, it is important […]