Crash Course in Stoicism

Your free ten-minute introduction to Stoic philosophy and its application to modern living

Are you ready to begin? Just hit the enrol button above. This is a lightning introduction to Stoic philosophy, which will take you just ten minutes to complete. If you want to quick overview of Stoicism, this is definitely the best place to start. You'll also get some surprise bonus resources including famous quotes, excerpts from the Stoic Handbook, recommended reading lists, a quick quiz to consolidate your learning, and other information to get your studies started. I've deliberately made this as short and sweet as possible because it's a "crash course" – a starting point. I'll direct you toward other resources if you want to learn more, which I assume you probably will. Update: Over 3,400 people have enrolled on this course since it was launched on 7th July 2017.

Goal: To develop an understanding of what Stoic philosophy is and how it can be helpful in modern life.

Duration: Less than 10 minutes

Price: Completely free of charge. (Estimated value $49.)

Start: Enrolling right now! (Continuous intake.)

Learning Objectives

  1. To know what Stoic philosophy is
  2. To be able to identify some of the key figures in the history of Stoicism
  3. To understand two of the main Stoic psychological techniques and their benefits

You can preview the table of contents in the Class Curriculum section below.


Here's some feedback kindly offered by students who have already completed this course:

This is both fun and beneficial. Can we put it in every congressman's mailbox?T Petrocci
This was a valuable intro, full of resources I'm excited to dig into. Thank you. Dee Marsh
Enlightening, lucid, to the point and life affirming. Lorne Stormont Darling
Thank you for this course. It really piqued my interest in Stoicism and provides great resources for learning more. Paul LaFleur
This is a great introduction to Stoicism by Donald Robertson. I recommend reading his books Stoicism and The Art of Happiness and The Philosophy of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Both of these books have helped me develop Stoicism as a philosophy for a better way of living and have inspired me to study CBT as a career path. Mark Husher
Thank you Donald for this free course which is a short but very comprehensive introduction to Stoicism. Familiarising myself with The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius and focusing on meaningful passages was the start of my Stoic journey a few years ago. Having experience of your SMRT course on two previous occasions I can highly recommend them. Alison McCone
I found this course an interesting and easy to understand introduction to the study of Stoicism. It has given me a taste to learn more. Thanks.Colin Conway
Donald! This is a wonderful and wonderfully compact introduction to Stoic philosophy. In such a short time, I feel that many users will find that a lot of the common misconceptions that people have about Stoic philosophy as opposed to stoicism with a small S will be readily addressed, and they will come away with the foundation for further exploration and discussion. Thank you for making this available to people free of charge. I will be recommending this to friends of mine who are curious to see what this is all about. Ronald William Brady
Amazing! I always wondered what Stoicism was all about. This is a crash course! Thanks a lot, Donald! Stay blessed.Nuruddin Abjani

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Your Instructor

Donald Robertson
Donald Robertson

Donald is a trainer and writer, with decades of 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 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. He now lives part-time in Athens, Greece.

Donald is the author of several books on philosophy and psychotherapy, as well as having contributed chapters to four other books and published many articles in journals and magazines. How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius was #1 best seller in philosophy. He's also the author of Verissimus, a graphic novel about Marcus Aurelius, as well as a forthcoming prose biography of him from Yale University Press. He's edited and written the introduction to Capstone Classics' new edition of The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius. You can contact him via his website.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
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