“KNOW THYSELF” was the inscription at the Delphic Oracle, and was a guiding principle of life in ancient Greece. In that spirit, then, to become a student at the College of Stoic philosophers you will be required to submit an autobiographical essay of approximately 1000 words as part of your application.
In addition to the usual information about your birth and significant or guiding events in your life, you should include the following in the body of your essay:
- How long you have been interested in Stoicism?
- Books you have already read on Stoic philosophy, if any.
- Would you call yourself an atheist, agnostic, skeptic, deist, theist, pantheist, or something else?
- Have you studied philosophies other than Stoicism? If so, which?
- Do you consider yourself to be a Stoic?
- What specifically do you want to get from this course?
Your Know Thyself essay will become a part of your College record and will be used by the faculty in getting to know you better. For these, and all other reasons, you are encouraged to do your best and use your spell-checker.