Online Classes

David Egan has a DPhil in Philosophy from the University of Oxford and has taught philosophy and the humanities at Oxford, the University of Chicago, McMaster University, and Hunter College (CUNY).


You have made philosophy accessible, David. I have tried and failed to read it all my life, and now I find this joy in thinking through the great questions that come up. And I love the class—such a diverse group, with their ideas and life view! It is the most anticipated event of my week
– A student from the fall 2020 session of “How Should We Live?: Answers from the Ancient World”

I show up to every class in utter awe. Professor Egan is a true scholar who radiates enthusiasm for the subject material. He makes incredibly complex philosophy digestible and even more interesting through his articulate and animated lecture skills. Undoubtedly my favorite professor and its a true honor to be able to get to work with someone so gifted.
– A student from Hunter College (CUNY)

Professor Egan has been the best professor I’ve met at the university so far. He is very efficient with how he uses class time and I feel like we covered a lot of ground while still working closely with each text. During discussions, he challenged the class to think about the text in unfamiliar ways by asking careful questions.
– A student from the University of Chicago

Honestly the best course that I’ve taken in undergrad. Forced me to question things in my life that needed addressing.
– A student from McMaster University

Professor Egan might be among the best, if not the best, professors I have had. He is remarkably gifted at making enormously difficult concepts and arguments cogent, accessible, and exciting.
– A student from Hunter College (CUNY)

Professor Egan is an amazing instructor who takes the time to listen and discuss ideas and thoughts with his students in a meaningful and constructive way. He shows a strong desire to make sure his students not only succeed but grow and love the material.
– A student from the University of Chicago

My goal is to offer philosophy classes for the general public that are accessible without watering down the content. We’ll read profound and occasionally difficult texts, but I’ll be on hand to provide expert guidance while also encouraging students to make their own discoveries in conversation with one another. Each course runs for ten weeks with once-per-week meetings over Zoom, which are supplemented by a video lecture that provides context, unpacks some of the arguments, and proposes questions for discussion. These courses are intended for the general public—no prior academic background is required.

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Winter 2021 courses

Course 1
How Should We Live? Answers from the Ancient World

An exploration of the the philosophy and wisdom of ancient Greece, India, and China that asks what it means to be human and how we can find peace and happiness in a turbulent world.

Classes meet on Wednesdays from January 20 to March 31 at 11am Pacific/2pm Eastern/7pm UK and at 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern. Classes run 75 minutes.

Course 2
“Know Thyself”: Knowledge and Self-Knowledge in Literature and Philosophy

What can we learn from stories? How can fiction be a source of truth? This course considers answers to these questions from ancient Greece and the contemporary world.

Classes meet on Mondays from January 18 to March 29 at 11am Pacific/2pm Eastern/7pm UK and at 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern. Classes run 75 minutes

Registration and Payment

The cost for the course is $320 CAD/$260 USD, which is payable via Paypal or (if you’re in Canada) Interac e-transfer. Payment is due before the second week of class: you’re welcome to sample the first class for free before deciding whether you want to commit to the course.

Under 30 or under-employed: I think I charge a fair price for these classes but I also want to make them accessible to everyone. Especially in these economically straitened times, I realize not everyone who wants to will be able to afford the course. So I’m offering a “pay what you can” option for those who are under thirty or under-employed at the moment. You tell me what you think you can afford to pay for the course and I’ll trust in your good faith to offer a fair amount.