Welcome on Board!

Welcome to Looking for Wisdom. Here's everything you need to know to get you up and running. Find out about our free Philosopher Files, our philosophy courses, how to become a member, how to manage your account, and more.
Welcome on Board!


Hello, and welcome on board. It's great to have you joining us. I'm Dr. Will Buckingham. For the last two decades, I have taught philosophy in universities and community settings around the world. In late 2020, during Covid-19 lockdown, I started to think about new approaches to teaching philosophy and building philosophical communities. In this way, Looking for Wisdom was born.

Photo © Will Buckingham 2020.

Weekly Philosopher Files

As a free subscriber, you will receive weekly doses of philosophy by email. On Thursdays, I publish a new Philosopher File, bringing the world's philosophy straight to your inbox. I also send out monthly subscriber newsletters to free subscribers, with news and ideas and things worth linking to.

For subscribers Looking for Wisdom is, and will remain, free forever. The site is advertising-free, built for security from the ground up (using the wonderful Ghost). If you want to, you can read about the site's privacy policy by clicking here.

Philosophy courses

Looking for Wisdom runs a rolling programme of philosophy courses. The courses run six times a year for seven weeks at a time, and are supported by a friendly study community called the Agora.

In 2021, the courses will be on the following themes:

  • Jan-Feb 2021: Wisdom
  • Mar-Apr 2021: Love
  • May-Jun 2021: Work
  • Jul-Aug 2021: Home
  • Sep-Oct 2021: Friendship
  • Nov-Dec 2021: Strangers

If you upgrade to become a member, you get access to all past and future courses. Course emails are sent out on Mondays for seven weeks. The study materials include an introduction to the themes of the lesson, further reading, and questions for discussion on the Agora. Here's a sample lesson, so you can see how it works:

We All Stand Together: Love, connection and community
In this week’s class, we are exploring Amazonian social philosophies of love and community, and how for social primates, community is fundamental to how we live and love.

Becoming a member

The cost for a month's subscription is $12 and for a year $108 (which works out as around $2.57 a lesson). I also offer free subscriptions for those who are suffering from financial hardship. Lack of sufficient funds should not be a bar to studying and learning. So if you cannot afford the subscription cost, just get in touch.

To upgrade your subscription go to the membership page.

Looking for Wisdom: Membership
Become a member to join our regular philosophy by email courses, and participate in guided discussions in the Looking for Wisdom Agora. Or sign up as a subscriber for free weekly Philosopher Files.

And if you have any questions, a good place to start is the FAQs page.

Managing your account

To manage your account, log in using the button at the top right of the screen. Once you are logged in, you'll see an icon at the bottom right of the screen. Click this to update your personal data, add in a username (if you haven't got one already), subscribe, unsubscribe, upgrade, downgrade, and do everything you need!

If you have any problems, get in touch on contact@lookingforwisdom.com

Any other questions?

If so, either get in touch, or have a read through the FAQs.

Image: 'Arai: View of the Mile-and-a-Half Sea Ferry' by Hiroshige. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

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