Learn philosophy online through a series of weekly classes that put people in conversation with great thinkers from the past and present — and, most importantly, with one another. These conversations are friendly, vigorous, and exploratory. They’re also a lot of fun.
Almost as soon as we learn to speak, we start asking “why?” But how should we answer those questions? From Socrates to Confucius, the great philosophers agree: the best method for pursuing wisdom is in conversation.
We are natural-born philosophers.
David Egan Philosophy makes intellectually rigorous philosophy accessible to the general public. These online classes approach the greatest minds on the biggest questions with a spirit of curiosity and discovery. They curate meaningful experiences with lightness and joy.
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Read what past students are saying:
David Egan is an amazing instructor who makes philosophy very accessible. It has been remarkable how he has been able to engage people with very different backgrounds to discuss and share thoughts. This course has been very enriching and has for 10 weeks been the highlight of my week.
David Egan does a great job constructing the course materials and managing the discussions with a gentle hand so we don’t stray too far from the topic. Meeting and getting to know the other participants was just pure joy! I have a whole new cohort of friends from different parts of the world! I highly recommend David Egan’s course for anyone who is an avid reader.
David is the consummate teacher: erudite, organized, thorough, thoughtful and exceedingly patient and good-humoured. The reading material is excellent and highly relevant to each week’s topic. David’s video lectures are simply brilliant, in content, style and flow.
David is a truly exceptional teacher. He is impressively knowledgeable and articulate, although he wears his learning lightly. He manages to achieve the almost impossible feat of creating a happy and intimate atmosphere in the class although we are all online. The subjects were all well chosen, and the lectures were clear and to the point, and accompanied by very attractive illustrations.
David’s courses have been one of the most rewarding activities I have taken on during the past year. His readings are challenging, but always clarified in the pre-recorded lectures that follow. The group discussions are animated and interesting, making it hard to say farewell when the course ends. Above all, I appreciate how David’s courses force us to think about the ways we perceive our world and the ways we choose to live.
David Egan's classes have been one of the most pleasurable activities I have participated in this year. He is a patient and kind teacher who is able to capture the essence of what his students are trying to say and guide the class discussions in a very fruitful manner. A big shoutout to the excellent video lectures in which David's wit and good humour make the task of philosophy accessible and fun! I hope to attend more of his classes in the future and I highly encourage everyone else to do the same!
As somebody with zero prior knowledge of philosophy these ten short weeks has opened a world of thought and being for me.
A course with you (David) is like a guided tour of intellectual treasures - and the lectures and group discussions that follow each reading serve to illuminate, contextualize and expand upon the reading itself. It's some of the most enjoyable learning I have ever experienced.
David Egan's philosophy courses are enormously worthwhile and enjoyable: stimulating themes, well-chosen short readings from a variety of philosophers, brilliant and entertaining short videos to accompany the readings, and skillfully-lead online class discussions where everyone's contribution is considered and valued.