An Introduction to Ancient Philosophy with Dr Mark Vernon

Dr Mark Vernon

Unit price

£60.00

Have you ever wanted to know more about Plato, Aristotle and the rest, but were afraid to ask? Now is your chance to acquaint yourself with the philosophies of ancient Athens – philosophies which are just as relevant today as they were over two thousand years ago.

This online course is based on Dr Mark Vernon’s highly successful real-life course at the Idler Academy which has been running since March 2011.

Dr Vernon’s six-part course begins with the pre-Socratic philosophers and goes on to relate the essential teachings of Socrates himself, Plato, Aristotle, the Epicureans, the Stoics, the Cynics and the Sceptics.

When you purchase this course, you receive access to six 20 – 30 minute video lessons with Dr Vernon, PDF worksheets featuring dates, notes, and further reading, a quiz and access to our ancient philosophy comments board where Dr Vernon will answer your queries.

Final note: who’s that in the audience? As you watch the films, you’ll see four people in the audience. They are Victoria Hull and Tom Hodgkinson, directors of the Idler Academy, in the front row, and Danny Wootton, the Idler’s ukulele teacher, and Roberta McCaughan, aka Bobbie, the Idler’s course coordinator, in the back row.

 


About the Tutor

Dr Mark Vernon

Dr Mark Vernon is a psychotherapist with a private practice in London, as well as working at the Maudsley Hospital. He is also a writer, broadcaster and teacher. He has a PhD in philosophy, and degrees in theology and physics. His most recent books include – The Idler Guide To Ancient Philosophy (Idler Books), Love: All That Matters (Hodder) and Jung: How To Believe (Guardian Shorts) – and he has books on friendship, belief and the good life too. Mark contributes regularly to publications in the UK, including the Guardian and Church Times, and also broadcasts on the BBC. He began his professional life as a priest in the Church of England. For more visit, www.markvernon.com


Details

What you get

Three hours of video lessons; a sheaf of notes offering dates and quotes; access to both our community noticeboard and tutor’s question area

Testimonial

‘Mark is a great teacher who helps to bring clarity to some potentially very intimidating subjects.’

Reviews

Write a review

Mark
8/03/2018

Ancient Philosophy
To Mark and the Idler Academy, I thoroughly enjoyed this course as it was very thought provoking, and really enabled me to reflect on the various philosophical schools of thought. I found the lectures to be very addictive which has generated my thirst to do more research and reading on the subject. Mark, you were so interesting to listen to.
Many thanks,
Mark from Chesterfield.

dawson54@comcast.net
28/05/2014

To Mark and the Idler Academy -- thanks for making this excellent overview available online. I've had a good many illusions and assumptions corrected, challenged, and overturned.

A week ago, when I began watching these videos, I thought I knew a thing or two about ancient philosophy. These succinct -- yet remarkably comprehensive sessions -- have left me with a hunger for more. Socrates' would yawn at the ease with which he could demonstrate the vast expanse of my ignorance and misunderstanding.

So I've got a few dozen books headed my way, and am excited by the new-found rediscovery of these thinkers that you've passed along so skillfully. My hope is that the circumference of my knowledge bubble will continue to expand at a good clip.

(But how, I keep wondering, did these folks posit the existence of "atoms" -- especially atoms too tiny for us to see, atoms moving so rapidly we perceived them as "matter"?)

All of which is to say, again, that I loved this course and appreciate the effort that you good folks expended get it just right.

Dave in Memphis

joecan
14/05/2014

It helps a great deal - thank you! The delineation between the two different types of knowledge is a very useful way to bridge that conversation, and I will track down a copy of Beyond Mindfulness as well.

And Tom, thanks for the shout-out in the newsletter! It's a challenge idling over here in hyperspeed tech-land, but there's still hope I think.... with a little luck my wife and I can avoid living the "life of the addict" that I most certainly see quite a bit these days in SF!

Joe

Reviews

Mark
8/03/2018

Ancient Philosophy
To Mark and the Idler Academy, I thoroughly enjoyed this course as it was very thought provoking, and really enabled me to reflect on the various philosophical schools of thought. I found the lectures to be very addictive which has generated my thirst to do more research and reading on the subject. Mark, you were so interesting to listen to.
Many thanks,
Mark from Chesterfield.

dawson54@comcast.net
28/05/2014

To Mark and the Idler Academy -- thanks for making this excellent overview available online. I've had a good many illusions and assumptions corrected, challenged, and overturned.

A week ago, when I began watching these videos, I thought I knew a thing or two about ancient philosophy. These succinct -- yet remarkably comprehensive sessions -- have left me with a hunger for more. Socrates' would yawn at the ease with which he could demonstrate the vast expanse of my ignorance and misunderstanding.

So I've got a few dozen books headed my way, and am excited by the new-found rediscovery of these thinkers that you've passed along so skillfully. My hope is that the circumference of my knowledge bubble will continue to expand at a good clip.

(But how, I keep wondering, did these folks posit the existence of "atoms" -- especially atoms too tiny for us to see, atoms moving so rapidly we perceived them as "matter"?)

All of which is to say, again, that I loved this course and appreciate the effort that you good folks expended get it just right.

Dave in Memphis

joecan
14/05/2014

It helps a great deal - thank you! The delineation between the two different types of knowledge is a very useful way to bridge that conversation, and I will track down a copy of Beyond Mindfulness as well.

And Tom, thanks for the shout-out in the newsletter! It's a challenge idling over here in hyperspeed tech-land, but there's still hope I think.... with a little luck my wife and I can avoid living the "life of the addict" that I most certainly see quite a bit these days in SF!

Joe