Online Philosophy Courses

Life is busy. Our days get so filled with practical matters that we can lose sight of the bigger picture. Philosophy is about getting that bigger picture in view and examining it carefully.

I offer ten-week online courses where we discuss important works of philosophy from the ancient world to the present and across a range of philosophical traditions. We meet once per week for 75 minutes over Zoom. These meetings are accompanied by asynchronous video lectures, usually 40 to 60 minutes in length.

My aim isn’t simply to teach philosophy but to create a community where we learn together. The principle that inspires our discussion classes is simple: Socrates discovered 2400 years ago that the best method for doing philosophy is in conversation. The weekly video lectures provide expert guidance, unpacking the arguments and framing the issues for discussion. But those lectures are just a prelude to the main event: a structured conversation between curious and open minds.
These courses don’t promise any practical benefit. The point is to step back from our practical concerns and inquire into the “big questions” about life and its purpose that the demands of daily life so often distract us from.

Courses Available


The World Around Us: Philosophy and the Environment

Online Course - Limited space

Each year is a new year of broken records. New record temperatures. New records in the destructiveness of hurricanes and wildfires. New records in atmospheric carbon and deforestation. It’s impossible not to think about the environment these days. Let’s learn to think about it with the breadth and depth that the issue demands.

This course draws on a diverse mix of readings that investigate the ethical, political, aesthetic, and spiritual dimensions of environmental philosophy. We’ll do more than look for solutions. We’ll learn new ways of thinking about the problems—and in the process, learn new ways of thinking about the world around us and our place in it.


An Introduction to Philosophy in Ten Dangerous Ideas

Self-Guided Online Course

New Format! Do you want to study philosophy at your own pace and schedule but with expert guidance to help you along? This self-guided online course gives you access to texts, video lectures, and additional resources, as well as the option of one-on-one meetings with David to discuss the material.

The best philosophers are unafraid to follow a line of reasoning wherever it might lead. Sometimes their reasoning leads them to surprising places. This course offers an introduction to philosophy by way of ten arguments that challenge us with bold, and sometimes unsettling, conclusions. Our survey covers philosophers from the Greek, Chinese, Buddhist, and Islamic traditions, as well as contemporary thinkers.

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