The Idler Academy

of Philosophy, Husbandry and Merriment

New: Online Course in Ancient Philosophy with Dr Mark Vernon

The Idler Academy branches out into online learning with this six part course in the philosophy of the ancient Greeks. Our online courses are available to everyone, everywhere. Watch the trailer or click here to read the full course description.







Just don’t do it

Guardian columnist Oliver Burkemann is always worth a read. Today he’s written this nice piece about how meaning in life can only come from what you choose not to do.…

Easter closing

We are taking a break for Eastertide merry-making and will return on Wednesday 23rd April, the Feast of good St George.…

Scotland moots four day week

Here is a story from Herald Scotland on a new report titled “Time for Life” written by Pat Kane and Isobel Lindsay for The Jimmy Reid Foundation, which argues that Scotland should adopt a four day week. Download the full

Sweden to trial six hour workday for public sector workers

The council at Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city, is to start a year-long trial to give its workers a thirty hour workweek. “We hope to get the staff members taking fewer sick days and feeling better mentally and physically after …

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