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Become a member to join our ongoing philosophy courses by email. Membership also entitles you to take part in our Looking for Wisdom study group in the Agora, our friendly online philosophical community for guided study and discussion.
Philosophy Courses by Email
Learn philosophy by email! As a member, you will receive weekly lessons, each lesson with a curated list of rich further resources.
You can get stuck into discussions in the Agora, our friendly online study group, led by Dr. Will Buckingham, who has two decades of experience as a teacher of philosophy.
And you will have access to the entire back-catalogue of previous courses.
Schedule of Courses
This is the schedule of courses for 2021. Each course is seven weeks long.
It was Pythagoras who first came up with the idea of philosophia, or 'the love of Wisdom'. In our first season, we'll look at wisdom, what it is, at what it means to look for — or even to love — wisdom.
Philosophers have asked about love since ancient times. We can love a person, an idea, a place, or even wisdom itself. But what is love? And why does it matter?
Pythagoras first talked about philosophia, or 'the love of Wisdom'. But what is wisdom. And what does it mean to look for it, or even to love it?
Home is where we belong. But what does philosophy say about the nature of home and belonging? And can we ever be truly at home?
Aristotle says friendship is the glue that holds societies together. But what makes a friend? And is friendship something we can cultivate?
What does it mean to live in a world of strangers? What risks and opportunities do strangers bring? And what obligations do we have to those we have never met?
Who's behind Looking for Wisdom?
Looking for Wisdom is run by me, Dr. Will Buckingham. I'm a writer originally from the UK, and I'm fascinated by how the resources of philosophy can be used to help us live better, kinder, richer and wiser lives.
My PhD is in philosophy, and I have an MA in anthropology. I have written both academic and popular philosophy, and have been translated into multiple languages. My next book is Hello, Stranger: How to Welcome the World (Granta 2021).
My popular philosophy books include Think Deeply and Flourish: A Practical Guide to Happiness (Icon Books 2018). I have also published monographs, including Levinas, Storytelling and Anti-Storytelling (Bloomsbury 2013), and Finding Our Sea-Legs: Ethics, Experience and the Ocean of Stories (Kingston University Press 2009 / Wind and Bones 2019). And I've written articles and chapter contributions for all kinds of books (one of my recent favourites is a chapter in Cultivating a Good Life in Early Chinese and Ancient Greek Philosophy, edited by Karyn Lai, Rick Benitez and Hyun Jin Kim, published by Bloomsbury 2018)
I have taught philosophy for almost two decades, both in universities and in the community. In 2015, I set up a free, public philosophy salon in a bookshop in Chengdu, China. I remain convinced that philosophy is too important and too urgent to be left to academics. Find out more on my website.