Frequently Asked Questions
Who are you anyway?
I'm Michael Millerman. I was reading 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. I have received awards for my research. 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.
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.
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] You can expect more on the history of political philosophy, Plato, Machiavelli and the Machiavellians, Carl Schmitt, Heidegger and post-Heideggerian political philosophy, Leo Strauss...
Can you provide feedback on my writing?
There will soon be a premium option that will include this and you should definitely bring it up when we talk. You could use the opportunity of having reviewed writing to try to express as best as you can the main points from the course or to develop your own ideas that may be only tangentially related to the topic.
What if I don't have enough time?
We know your time is valuable. We also don't want to leave you with only a superficial understanding of these topics. So: if you only have an hour or two to spare, the bootcamps and workshops will give you a detailed overview, as well as a chance to meet other people. You can also access the complete course lectures, included, letting you go deeper into the course content at your convenience. The live support calls mean that you can pop in or out of ongoing discussions as you wish, to ask questions or to listen in on what others are talking about. Whether you have a lot of time to spare or whether you want the shortest possible summary, you'll always have options and you'll never be left with a sorely inadequate, overly superficial take. You'll save time compared to the other options.
Do I have to attend live?
No. The bootcamps will be recorded. The course lectures are recorded. The live support groups will not be recorded but they'll be there as an option for when you need them. If you cannot attend any of the live events, there will be other ways for you to ask questions (forum/chat).
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.
What if I only want to take one course?
You can purchase access to course video lectures on this page directly if you only want to do one of the specific courses listed and do not require the live support or workshops.
What if I want to take one course with live support?
Please book a call and we can discuss your specific situation and get you a quote for the course+support bundle.
Do you offer an all-access pass?
Yes. Please book a call and we can discuss your specific situation and get you a quote or purchase the bundle if you only want the video lectures.
How much does it cost?
The courses cost $499 and are listed below. There is a bundle that includes several courses but is less expensive than buying them individually. A course + 6 weeks live support (available two times a week, once in the morning and once in the evening) is $1500. For other packages, please click "get a price" and let's have a call about your specific needs.
Why isn't it free or cheaper?
We try to accommodate those on a lower budget through free videos, lectures, articles, and interviews, which you can find on YouTube and elsewhere by searching for "Michael Millerman." But our clients are happy to pay for high quality courses and group seminars. It saves time and money compared to the alternatives, as discussed above, and you get what you pay for.
You could spend 20 hours of your valuable time clicking through a YouTube rabbit hole to find reliable lectures on Strauss, for instance. Or you can sign up for the On Tyranny course and get a reliable, insightful overview taught by a reputed professional. Same with Heidegger and the other thinkers we teach.
When does the live support start?
You don't have to start it right away. You could start it after a week or two, so that you have had some time to begin reviewing the course materials and reading the book. The six-week period would then commence after you attend your first call. We track that together in the coaching portal.