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]
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.