This course is now enrolling. If you want to learn how to approach life like Socrates, this is the course for you. Join me as we apply modern psychological methods and Socratic wisdom to problems of everyday living. We'll be exploring Socrates' life and philosophy as guides to self-improvement, drawing on elements of cognitive-behavioural psychology to help us make use of his ideas. And relax, it's risk free: you have 30 day money-back satisfaction guarantee.*
Who is this course for? Anyone who's interested in Socrates or Greek philosophy. If you're a complete newcomer this course will provide the perfect introduction to Socratic philosophy. Even if you've read a lot of books on philosophy, though, you'll still benefit from these new resources and by exploring a fresh perspective on the subject. The benefits you'll obtain are a deeper understanding of Socrates and how to apply his philosophical method in your own life to emotional challenges such as coping with desire, anger, fear, and loss. The Socratic Method can also help you develop a greater sense of meaning and fulfilment in life.
Enrollment: This course is now enrolling, for continuous intake.
Price: Click enroll button for full details on the checkout page. You'll have lifetime access to all future updates and additions to the course. You also have the option for a payment plan consisting of three monthly instalments.
(NB: All prices are in $ USD unless otherwise stated; the law requires VAT to be added for users based in the EU.)
Start Date: If you enroll now you will have self-paced access to the recorded webinars. You'll have immediate access to all the videos and other material in the Welcome section on enrollment and then the four main sections of the course will be released week by week, accompanied by live webinars (see below for details).
Duration: Four weeks. The core content requires about fifteen hours to complete on average, spread over a preliminary welcome period plus four weeks. However, there are also many hours of additional optional content included. NB: You also have the option, though, of completing this course self-paced, working through the content in your own time and watching recordings of the webinars.
Bonus: You'll receive a free e-book, The Life and Opinions of Socrates by Diogenes Laertius, which we've carefully edited and designed for use on all devices. This comes in EPUB, Kindle (MOBI) and PDF file formats. I've also included my free Crash Course on Socrates and Socrates HD Wallpapers, containing quotes for your desktop, in the bundle.
Hello and thanks for taking an interest in my course,
I'm really looking forward to begin diving into this subject once again... I've been studying the life and philosophy of Socrates for nearly thirty years. I drew upon it as an inspiration in my work as a cognitive-behavioural therapist and trainer of other therapists. For Socrates, philosophy wasn't an abstract discipline. It's not just something you do in a library or lecture theatre. Philosophy, for Socrates, was a way of life. Experience led me to the conclusion that the best way to teach this was by looking at specific anecdotes from Socrates' own life, as a way to illustrate his philosophy.
Fortunately, many stories about Socrates come down to us from in the surviving ancient texts. That's because these were considered important for many centuries, during which Socrates was considered an important role model to other philosophers. In many cases we can learn not just what it means to be a philosopher from his example, and interesting ideas or ways of looking at life, but also specific psychological techniques, not unlike those used today to help people cope with stress and build emotional resilience.
I know from experience that students find this way of approaching Socrates' philosophy, through anecdotes about his life, both practical and engaging. So I'm looking forward to meeting you on the course and please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.
This course consists of many audio and video recordings, psychological exercises, excerpts for discussion, special infographics created by our graphic designer Rocio de Torres, written articles, group discussion questions, and short interactive knowledge check questions to aid learning and retention. It's crammed full of resources that I simply wouldn't be able to put into a book. Each week focuses on a different set of core philosophical concepts, psychological exercises, and a particular problem area. The whole course is structured around the four cardinal virtues of Socratic philosophy: wisdom, justice, courage, and moderation.
Welcome: Before we Even Begin
This becomes available as soon as you enrol and contains carefully selected preparatory materials to help you get up to speed and prepare for the main four weeks. Includes: videos, quotes from Socrates, recommended reading, discussion questions, knowledge-check quiz, plus bonus materials.
Week One: Wisdom and the Socratic Method
This section focuses on the story of the Socratic Method (elenchus), how it was developed and used by Socrates. It uses illustrations from the life of Socrates, such as the influence of his father and mother's professions. It explores what the virtue of wisdom means in the Socratic dialogues. Includes: Videos, reading, discussion, knowledge-check quiz, weekly webinar, plus bonus material.
Week Two: Moderation and Philosophy as a Way of Life
This section focuses on the concept of philosophy as a way of life, and what, for Socrates, it meant to be a philosopher. It uses illustrations from the life of Socrates, such as his military service and attitudes toward diet and exercise as illustrations. It explores what the virtue of moderation means in the Socratic dialogues. Includes: Videos, reading, discussion, knowledge-check quiz, and weekly webinar plus bonus material.
Week Three: Justice and Friendship
This section focuses on the social and interpersonal aspect of Socrates' philosophy, particularly his views on justice and friendship. It uses illustrations from the his life, such as how he coped with political turmoil in Athens, both under the democratic regime and the Thirty Tyrants. It explores what the virtue of justice means in the Socratic dialogues. Includes: Videos, reading, discussion, knowledge-check quiz, and weekly webinar plus bonus material.
Week Four: Courage and Death
This section focuses on Socrates' famed composure and bravery. It uses illustrations from his life such as the events of his trial and execution as illustrations. It explores what the virtue of courage means in the Socratic dialogues. Includes: Videos, reading, discussion, knowledge-check quiz, and weekly webinar plus bonus material.
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To really get a deeper perspective on how to live life with true vigor and taste it’s fullness, it is necessary to embrace, embody and savor the life and times of Socrates. This course has left no stone unturned as it presents the depth and magnitude along with the magnificence – in exploring Socrates and his place in human history. The pilot light has been lit inside of me... – Melville Richard Alexander
One of the great things about Donald Robertson's courses is that they never end. They are available to us forever (or at least as long as Donald is able to keep them posted). As with "How to think like a Roman emperor" I will be going back to this course when the spirit moves me. Each time I will discover something new. In the process of learning more about Socrates I learned more about me. Would I recommend this course? Yes, without hesitation. If you find it a bit much to "complete" in four weeks (I did) don't worry. The material is there and the instructor is wonderfully accessible. – Wilfred Allan
Donald Robertson's course has greatly increased my knowledge of the renowned ancient Greek philosopher Socrates. Socrates is such a central figure in Hellenistic Philosophy that understanding him is essential to knowing about the entire field. Robertson's course has great depth, with multiple videos, texts to read, ponder, and discuss, weekly webinars, and enough background and optional material to further add to my knowledge and provide material that I plan to reread and explore. Very well done! – Marc Deshaies
I really enjoyed the course. I have been a fan of Socrates ever since I learnt about him years ago, but I know now that I was really ignorant about him and have lots to learn still. This is a great start. I look forward to more. Thank you Donald! – Pauline Enright
Donald is a trainer and writer, with over twenty years’ experience. He’s a specialist in teaching evidence-based psychological skills, and known as an expert on the relationship between modern cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and and classical Greek and Roman philosophy. He was born in Scotland but worked as a psychotherapist for many years in London, England, where he ran a training school for therapists, before emigrating to Canada to focus on his writing and developing elearning courses.
Donald is the author of six books on philosophy and psychotherapy, as well as having contributed chapters to four other book and published many articles in journals and magazines. His latest book How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius was #1 best seller in philosophy and he's also edited and written the introduction to Capstone Classics' new edition of The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius. You can contact him via his website.
I highly recommend this course. Reading Socrates without the biographical and historical background made me wonder what of significant value he was. Now knowing about his military, political,and social interactions gave me greater respect for him and the classical philosophy heritage. Demystifying the Socratic dialogues was very helpful. – Michael Schepak
PreviewVideo: Welcome to the Course (10:33)
StartWelcome Letter from Donald Robertson
StartDiscussion: Say Hello!
StartFavourite Quotations from Socrates
StartVideo: The Life of Socrates (20:54)
StartTimeline of Socrates' Life
StartMap of Important Locations in Socrates' Life
StartVideo: The Cardinal Virtues (15:30)
StartInfographic: The Cardinal Virtues (Tetramorph)
StartReference: The Socratic Dialogues
StartYouTube Live Webinars
StartComic: The Stoic Socrates
StartWelcome: What Next?
StartWeek 1: Introduction
StartWeek 1: YouTube Live Webinar
StartVideo: The Story of the Socratic Method (24:10)
StartArticle: Socratic Irony and Midwifery
StartVideo: On Wisdom and Virtue (Euthydemus) (19:44)
StartDiscuss Excerpt: The Apology
StartArticle: How to use the Socratic Method
StartVideo: Socratic Questioning and Cognitive Therapy (12:00)
StartExercise: Socrates' Two-Column Technique
StartArticle: Philosophy as Love of Wisdom (Symposium)
StartExercise: Values Clarification
StartKnowledge Check: Wisdom and the Socratic Method
StartWeek 1: What Next?
I've really enjoyed this course, thanks for putting it together, and I've really enjoyed being able to move through it at my own pace looping back to the challenging exercises, putting it down when other commitments took more or my time and picking it up again when I could. I'd recommend it, no question. – Steve Powell