Millerman School


The best courses on the greatest minds of our time and of all time, without the worst characteristics of woke higher ed.


The intellectual anchor we need.


Lead instructor: Dr. Michael Millerman (PhD in Political Science, University of Toronto, author of Beginning with Heidegger: Strauss, Rorty, Derrida, Dugin and the Philosophical Constitution of the Political, and Inside "Putin's Brain": The Political Philosophy of Alexander Dugin).

Guest lecturers coming soon.





What is this place?


It's where you can think freely about the meaning of human and political life by joining a conversation that spans the centuries and never gets old. High quality instruction, no woke.



Foundational Thinkers

Friedrich Nietzsche

The overman. The last man. The will to power. Eternal return. Slave morality. Master morality. Nietzsche destroyed the old tradition and helped to inaugurate the postmodern era by influencing readers on the Left and now again on the Right.

The Eternal Plato

Western philosophy has been called a series of footnotes to Plato, telling you how fundamental he has been for our understanding of philosophy and politics. Plato is the King of philosophy.

Martin Heidegger

The most important philosopher of our age. Influenced many great thinkers, including Leo Strauss, Dugin, Derrida, Rorty, Zizek, Rosenzweig, and Arendt. Heidegger is the greatest thinker.

Top Benefits

Understand more

You’ll see more broadly and think more deeply as you develop your understanding of foundational texts in the history of political philosophy. This is both inherently pleasant and practically beneficial, improving your mood, judgment, and comprehension.

Think well

Ideological gatekeepers can lead you astray. Careless amateurs, too. Let your thoughts develop fully and freely under the old-fashioned guidance of competent exposition. Avoiding ideological rigidity as well as undisciplined license will help you train your thought to be well-formed and beautiful.

Gain confidence

Foundational studies in canonical texts of the philosophical tradition, combined with comprehensive analysis of contemporary theory, will ensure that you can orient yourself in any conversation about philosophy, politics, ideology, culture, and the meaning of world events. You’ll know what you’re talking about, more than most.

Find your peers

When studying philosophy seriously, you automatically become part of a secret society of scholars who attract one another through the mysterious informal influences of what has been called the Invisible College. It’s one of the greatest pleasures accompanying the pursuit of foundational knowledge.


Access the Great Tradition

You are heir to thousands of years of philosophical inquiry. It’s a castle that’s not easy to enter. And today’s ideologues, activists, and civilization-destroyers have erected new obstacles before the entrance. But you will find a way into that tradition, unfazed by detractors, charmed and intrigued by the difficulties, and rewarded for your effort.

Shape the future

The study of great texts makes you part of the essential, spiritual history of the world. It gives you an opportunity to shape that history as you engage with ideas that move mountains. You will also be part of the experimental online shift of the old way of teaching philosophy.

Who is Millerman?

Your guide to passionate, thrilling, transformative thinking.


I combine serious study of foundational texts from the tradition of political philosophy with an interest in transformative pedagogy and mysticism to produce a learning experience like no other.

I encourage you to browse the courses, view free course previews, read student reviews, watch my interviews and free lectures on Youtube about political philosophy, and do whatever else you need to do until you're convinced there's something important for you here worth your time, attention, effort, and money.


Student Reviews

Students have called these courses "thrilling and transformative." Hear them in their own words. These are the outcomes I intend for you.

Nick

(Plato and Tutoring)


"It's a very high value program... You really are passionate about these issues and questions and you bring that to your study and your teaching. I'm very glad that I did both the course and the tutoring together."


Nick finished graduate school and, encountering the hostile progressivism of academia, he set out to do a self-study in the great books, starting with Plato and Socrates. He reached out and ended up taking a course on Plato's Republic, together with the live group support. This detailed deep-dive into the text and the surrounding issues of interpretation helped bring key questions to light, while connecting the topics from the book to contemporary affairs.

Steve

(Plato, Dugin)


“I’d recommend your courses to people who are new to philosophy or people who have a background in it."


Steve is taking advantage of the new renaissance of online philosophy courses taught by passionate instructors who left academia. He says that one of the major things he got out of the course was learning how to read these books in a way that you understand and see more than you would have on your own. 

Kristina

(Dugin's Noomakhia)


“It offered a way of seeing and thinking that provided a brand new framework.


Kristina is an undergraduate student in English literature. She has taken some philosophy classes before, but they were never quite as clear as she would have liked and, frustratingly, the professors often used the occasion of their lectures to opine about current affairs from a position of obvious political bias. Kristina wanted to understand philosophy better, with more substantive signal and less ideological noise. She enrolled in the course on Dugin's Noomakhia and says that the instruction made it easier than ever to comprehend the substance of the philosophical teachings, as well as their significance. Kristina, like several of our clients, got from our private instruction what she expected from the university but what they failed to deliver - genuinely insightful education. 

Michael Michailidis

(Strauss, Heidegger)


"I could not see what I learned to see from you."


Michael - the creator of Ancient Greece Revisited and the host of the On Tyranny podcast - found out about us through my interview with Students for Western Civilization. He was intrigued by the idea of "right-wing anti-liberalism" and especially by the thought that, as a rule, we do not study the thinkers from that tradition. He heard me mention Leo Strauss and Martin Heidegger and reached out for private tutoring.

Nathan

(Plato's Republic)


"I don’t think I could have got a better start in my study of philosophy.”


Nathan came to us in order to get a strong foundation in classical philosophy. He had been researching philosophical arguments for and against veganism but had noticed that it was hard to orient himself among the many books addressing that topic. Part of the problem was that all the authors seem to be referring back to other authors and to the long tradition of Western philosophy. Nathan decided to go to the source: Plato. He saw that we were offering a Plato course and took it. From the first meeting, Nathan gained direct access to Plato’s Republic that he would not have found without our guidance, except, in the best case, after a prohibitively long period of self-study. We helped him see what’s going on in the book in a way that’s not obvious at first glance and got him off on the right foot in his introduction to the foundations of philosophy. 

Sasha K.

(Plato, Heidegger)


Michael’s enthusiasm for the real-world import of philosophy is immediately palpable, and his command of a wide-range of material, and fluency expressing it, is rare. I reached out with some frustrations about Heidegger, and Michael immediately offered to sit down and talk them through with me — for an hour! He empathized with where I was coming from, and patiently walked me through how he thinks about it, including a number of analogies that really clarified things. Throughout, his love for the questions involved was apparent and infectious, and I left both less confused and more interested in a subject that I had found quite frustrating just before. An absolutely excellent teacher!


Hamal

(Plato's Republic)


Philosophy can be defined as the love of wisdom, in order to love something you must give it your all. After learning from Michael Millerman I’m convinced he has given his all to learn, understand and share the knowledge he has gained, while limiting the opine nature of philosophy in his presentation. 

I would highly recommend taking advantage of any opportunity to learn from Michael Millerman, and would not be surprised to find out that you like me ended with a new perception of not only philosophy but of how to view life. What you do with that new perception is up to you. 

Lesley

(Philosophy Tutoring)


Michael has an extraordinary ability to understand complex literature and apply it into meaningful and easy to understand concepts. He is a quick and logical thinker, but also quite personable. He creates a positive experience for all types of learners.

Lesley Fox, Executive Director for The Fur-Bearers (LinkedIn).

Alex Kaschuta

(On Tyranny)


Michael is one of the most erudite, thorough and bold voices teaching at the intersection of philosophy and political theory today. His style is crystal clear, bringing complex and important material to life without compromising nuance or shying away from the big questions.

Reading “On Tyranny” in parallel with the course, I was struck by how much more digestible the text and more understandable the context was with Michael’s guidance. Though I tend temperamentally to favor Strauss’ worldview, I’ve learned a lot from how Michael interprets Kojeve’s perspective and the context he presents around the two worldviews.

Overall, this was a masterclass in pedagogy and evenhandedness and made me both want to learn more about Strauss through Michael’s lens and explore more of the ideas that this course opens up.

MC

(Plato, Strauss)



"Michael Millerman is a phenomenal teacher and sense maker."


"He is whip smart and successfully imparts key teachings from often dense and somewhat opaque readings as only someone who truly lives and breathes the material can, while encouraging his students to critically examine the material themselves. Those who went to law school in the Paper Chase days will recognize the Socratic techniques he uses!


I recommend taking anything Millerman teaches. It’s worth it to be challenged to think in new ways, and to witness how a first class mind like Millerman’s dissects philosophical questions. But his academic sweet spots are Heidegger, Strauss, Dugin, and the classical philosophers like Plato.


His Strauss and Plato classes were out of this world.


Another joy of his classes are the very interesting students from all over the world - academics (PhD students), entrepreneurs, tech founders, data scientists, mavericks, lawyers. Curious, lifelong learners all."

Is this for you?


If you’re trying to understand the cutting edge of political thought its past, present, and future...

if you’re worried about pervasive institutional collapse...

if you hate wasting time and you’re ready to go straight to the best source there is...

If you want to have advanced insight into the possible shape of a post-liberal world order...

If you're ready to experience thrilling philosophical transformation...

you’re in the right place. 



This is not for people who think that “abstract ideas” have no practical relevance. It is also not for people who think that practice can get along without big ideas and new perspectives, and who are content to do what they’ve always done. It's not for people who want everything free and who can't distinguish between high and low quality.



Origin story

Michael completed his PhD in Political Science at the University of Toronto in 2018, researching a question that had been on his mind since his undergraduate days: what is the relationship between such philosophical fields as metaphysics and ontology, on one hand, and our understanding of politics, on the other?


A few years into pursuing this question, Michael discovered that access to the issue was blocked by a historical circumstance: 20th century political philosophy, rightfully aghast at the horrific consequences of Nazi ideology, had, perhaps too hastily, made a strong taboo against studying any of the philosophers typically associated, directly or indirectly, rightly or wrongly, with that movement. 


The reasons for instituting such a taboo are clear and understandable. But, motivated by his question, Michael began to notice that the zealous defence of liberalism came at a cost: philosophical teachings incompatible with liberalism but not for that reason either untrue or unhelpful were forgotten or suppressed. Thus the spectrum of political philosophy was artificially constrained, possibly keeping important discoveries at bay. 


Examining this question with rigour and spiritedness, Michael argued that a broader spectrum of political philosophy could be recovered through a comparative study of receptions of the most renowned 20th century philosopher: Martin Heidegger, who had brought a certain kind of ontological inquiry into severe disrepute, through his own affiliation with the Nazi party.


In the course of his studies, published as a book called Beginning with Heidegger, Michael translated several works by another figure on the margins of respectability, the Russian philosopher Alexander Dugin, famously dubbed “the most dangerous philosopher in the world” and for a while characterized as “Putin’s Brain.” 


In 2014, Michael was invited onto a Canadian television program called The Agenda to discuss his research on Dugin. The interview created a scandal in his academic department and led to his effective blacklisting from academia, despite his graduating at the top of his class with a major national scholarship. 


Michael, not wanting to give up on political philosophy simply because he could no longer pursue it academically, opened his school in 2021 after two years of private tutoring and teaching, to provide a platform for high-level philosophical instruction and elite community building outside mainstream academia.


After several software engineers and technology entrepreneurs came to study with him privately, Michael saw an opportunity to offer that community intensive training in and exposure to philosophical discussion, to help them to get new perspectives, new skills, and, in the case of custom course design, new ways to keep and recruit team members. For more "applied" philosophy for entrepreneurs, he co-founded VisionXForm.com.

Education:

University of Toronto (PhD, Political Science)

Published and profiled in: National Post, International Journal of Political Theory, Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy, Telos Press, Chronicles Magazine, The American Mind, and more.

The Basic Idea

Core Thesis


Without a solid grounding in the history of political philosophy, you have no way of knowing where we've been, where we are, or where we're going. The best way to get a solid grounding in political philosophy is through an approach that combines Leo Strauss and Martin Heidegger. Because the serious study of political philosophy is increasingly impossible to undertake at the universities, which have been captured by hostile ideologies, you need a place where you can get the foundations transmitted competently, not haphazardly.

Thesis #1


Combining a “Straussian” and “Heideggerian” approach to philosophy is an effective way to access the spectrum of political philosophy and to break free from the ideological constraints that make seeing the big picture more difficult. 


How does one get a proper introduction to the major authors, texts, and themes of the history of political philosophy, and to the living issues of political philosophy?


There are several ways to begin, in fact. But it is among the safest and surest of them to try to get familiar with the foundational texts of the tradition.


A serious problem arises straight away. How do you study the foundational texts of the tradition when we have moved so far from the presuppositions of those texts that we are at the greatest risk of distorting their meaning, rather than seeing them clearly and grasping them distinctly?


In many university programs, this question does not arise, and the classical texts are forced into a worldview that pre-interprets them as outdated, racist, sexist texts that, in the best case, we can read as a record of the errors of past ages. 


That is not an effective way to approach the topic. So the old approach of studying philosophy in the universities, with all the administrative and bureaucratic loopholes you have to jump through to get accepted into a program that oftentimes will take too long, cost too much, and distort the material - the old approach is increasingly less appealing to those who are hungry for philosophical and political discussion, especially if you’re already busy with your business and no longer a teenager deciding what to do with your life. 


Now, there are schools of thought within academia that are better at suspending modern and postmodern orthodoxies in their approach to classical texts, and that in that way are able to provide a reasonable introduction to the history of political philosophy and, in rare cases, to the realm of philosophy itself. However, these cliques are often hostile to ideas and thinkers outside their own school, seeing themselves as gatekeepers of liberal democratic norms, at the expense of philosophical inquiry.


We believe that the best way to gain quick and decisive access to political philosophy is to combine the Straussian approach to the history of political philosophy - at least at first - with some non-Straussian or even anti-Straussian approaches - for instance, those inspired by Martin Heidegger’s phenomenology and its present day representatives.


Heidegger has been distorted as a function of the configuration of the post-war (WWII) world, and Straussians as a rule have, in their defence of “moderation,” hesitated to sanction studying him and other “immoderate” thinkers, even though Strauss himself denied that thinking can be immoderate, saying that “you can have a moderate drinker, but not a moderate thinker” (source).


A combination, broadly speaking, of “Straussian” and “Heideggerian” approaches can open up more of the spectrum of political philosophy more quickly than can the standard approaches to the topic. This no longer requires years and years of study, for many tens of thousands of dollars, at universities that have, in general, sadly lost their way.


Thus, our research with students, scholars, and professionals over several years suggests that combining Strauss’s approach to interpreting books in the history of political philosophy with Heidegger’s fundamental ontology is a helpful way to gain access to the spectrum of political philosophy and to break free from the distorting effects of ideological orthodoxy.

Thesis #2



Online schools are replacing universities as the prime locations for exciting conversations about philosophy and politics.


We are not disparagers of the high standards and noble principles of academia, ideally construed. But we recognize that the old way of long degrees, sometimes crippling student loans, stuffy classrooms, and an environment of ideologically activism no longer represents the best option available to creative thinkers, entrepreneurs, and founders. Many who have a demand for intellectual discussions at a high level are not interested, for logistical and substantive reasons, in completing a traditional degree program.


The new way is online programs, taught by rigorously trained former academics, who have left academia in order to think and operate more freely, supplemented by other subject matter experts. Successful, thoughtful, mature learners self-select to study what's genuinely interesting to them.


You can combine the intellectual advantages of professional instruction with the freedom, velocity, intimacy and convenience of online study.


The video lectures - taught at a high level of instruction - are available on demand, with audio-only files for your convenience and often with written lecture notes, too.


We believe that the transformation happening at the level of childhood education presents an opportunity for adult, non-vocational learning, especially in the philosophical realm. Custom, modular, convenient, geographically unlimited, collaborative, engaged, interactive...luxury goods for your intellectual wellbeing.

At even the most cost-efficient institutions in the United States, the annual tuition for a philosophy degree can cost you tens of thousands of dollars. (Source).

With our program, you combine the benefits of high-level instruction with the convenience of online learning, for a fraction of the cost of the old way. Better instruction at greater convenience for a lower cost.

FAQ

Who are you anyway?


I'm Michael Millerman.

I was reading books of philosophy and mysticism before it ever occurred to me to attend university. Then I studied philosophy as an undergraduate, first at the University of Winnipeg and later at the University of British Columbia. I developed an interest in the relationship between philosophy and politics, which I pursued as an MA student and then as a PhD student in political science at the University of Toronto, in the subfield of political theory.

My dissertation, now published as a book, was a comparative study of receptions of Heidegger in political philosophy, with an eye to how the reading of Heidegger "constituted" someone's concept of the political. Here's the book.

My record as a teaching assistant at the University of Toronto was 90+% student satisfaction for each of the five years I was there.

In short, I love learning and teaching.

So I started this place.


Are there prerequisites?


No. People have taken my classes who do not know ANY philosophy, and they have benefitted from them. People have also taken my classes who have a PhD in philosophy and they also learn something new. Some courses may eventually have suggested prerequisites or be part of an ordered curriculum, but right now the promise is that if you listen and read with focus and concentration, you'll get a ton of insight and understanding, regardless of your starting point. That said, the material is not easy or "introductory" in the sense of being watered down to the point that there's nothing substantial left. All courses take the books, authors, and listeners (you) seriously and try to provide genuine access to fundamental issues.


What classes will you be releasing next?


We are actively developing a course catalogue to fulfill both foundational and advanced topics. If there are specific courses you would like, please email us your suggestions at [email protected]

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Does it come with credentials?


Even though it is taught by a top PhD (and outside instructors will be similarly qualified) the courses are not currently credentialed.


Is it only for right-leaning people?


No. Our approach has been to look at the most neglected aspects of political philosophy, which, for historical and other reasons, are on the right (as Allan Bloom has discussed, for instance, in his book The Closing of the American Mind).

We found that ideological bias in the study of political philosophy made it harder to get a clear understanding of the texts and issues. To redress that imbalance, our first noteworthy niche was working on thinkers traditionally regarded as "on the right" (Strauss, Heidegger, Dugin, Schmitt, etc.) or, stated otherwise, those thinkers who took some issue with the philosophical presuppositions of liberal democracy but did not criticize them in the name of greater equality. However, there are no ideological tests for enrolment and our clients include people with different worldviews and inclinations.

What is more important than whether you are right-wing or left-wing or whatever - in fact, what is most important - is that you want to learn about these texts and ideas and have observed that other avenues for learning about them either distort them or take too much time and provide too little benefit.

The pedagogical approach used in the school can be described as "Parmenidean+Platonic" or "Socratic," to use terms from James R. Muir's book on political philosophy and education. It does not serve any pregiven ideological position but is rather interested in examining the fundamental questions and reasoned arguments concerning human and political life.


Can I upgrade from a course to a bundle?


Yes. Just email us and we'll send a custom coupon code or checkout link.


Where should I start?


You can start with whatever interests you and then keep going: all the authors are engaged in one big conversation about the nature of political community and human life. If you're looking for a long-term approach, here's a plan you can follow as part of the Core Course Bundle.

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What Students Are Saying...


"It's a very high value program... You really are passionate about these issues and questions and you bring that to your study and your teaching. I'm very glad that I did both the course and the tutoring together."


“I’d recommend your courses to people who are new to philosophy or people who have a background in it."


“You’ve opened up a whole way of thinking about politics that breaks the liberal paradigm."


“It offered a way of seeing and thinking that provided a brand new framework.


"I could not see what I learned to see from you."


"I don’t think I could have got a better start in my study of philosophy.”


"Overall, this was a masterclass in pedagogy and evenhandedness"


"I recommend taking anything Millerman teaches"


"Michael Millerman is a man on fire. I’ve taken two of his courses and will take more. He insights on Strauss, Heidegger and Dugin are not to be missed. His book, podcast, YouTube channel and numerous scholarly articles are beacons of clarity and coherence in a maelstrom of ideological confusion. I hold a humanities PhD and left academia years ago having found it irredeemably corrupt. Professor Millerman has almost single-handedly restored my hope in high-minded inquiry. He directs one’s attention to what is, at once, timely and timeless."



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