Online Seminars

Online seminars offer small groups (8-20 people) the opportunity to engage with a topic, written work, or individual thinker from the history of philosophy under the guidance of a PhD.  Each seminar will last 8 weeks and will include:

  • Reading selections for each week;
  • A persistent collaborative chat client (Microsoft Teams) accessible by PC or phone app (Android and iPhone);
  • Many resources: articles, books, links, etc., to help deepen understanding of the topic;
  • A 20-40 minute lecture recording distributed at the beginning of each week;
  • A 45 minute discussion session where all participants may ask questions, give their interpretations, and collaboratively strive to understand the topic, conducted via Microsoft Teams video-conference.

All seminars will be conducted through Microsoft Teams (license provided), where participants are encouraged to engage in regular discussion about the topic, and through which all files (provided readings, lecture recordings, notes, etc.) will be distributed.


Seminar participants will also receive (after the seminar has concluded) a package of all lecture recordings, as well as a free PDF of any CPI publication which results from the seminar.

Custom seminars are also available by request.


Registration for regular seminars is offered at a flat rate of $135 per person (inclusive of a $12 technology fee).  Professors receive a discounted rate of $85 per person and graduate and undergraduate students of $60 per personLyceum discounts also apply to these lowered rates.

Standard price Basic Lyceum Membership Advanced Lyceum Membership Premium Lyceum Membership
Standard $135 per seminar $87.75 for one seminar per year
$108 after
2 seminars included
$87.75 after
6 seminars included
$81 after
Professor $85 per seminar $55.25 for one seminar per year
$68 after
2 seminars included
$55.25 after
6 seminars included
$51 after
Student $60 per seminar $39 for one seminar per year
$48 after
2 seminars included
$39 after
6 seminars included
$36 after

Custom seminars, which require more work, are offered at a rate of $150 per person (inclusive of a $12 technology fee).

Please submit all inquiries through the Contact page.

Seminar Schedule:

Fall 2019 Seminars [September 25/28-November 13/16]

  • Retrieving Thomistic Psychology [More details] [Syllabus]
    • Two momentous intellectual events occurred in 1879: Wilhelm Wundt founded the first formal laboratory for psychological research at the University of Leipzig, and Pope Saint Leo XIII released the encyclical Aeterni Patris, which exhorted the retrieval and teaching of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Catholic universities.  The first, while a legitimate and necessary approach to understanding the human psyche, needs a more robust follow-through on the second; that is, the scientific understanding of the human psyche needs a philosophical understanding, and no philosopher has provided as strong an understanding of the human psyche as Thomas Aquinas.  Thus, we seek to retrieve this understanding in a way conducive to an overall deepening of our psychological insight.
    • Required texts: Summa Theologiae [DHS Priory]
  • Semiotics – An Introduction [More details] [Syllabus]
    • What is a sign?  Though a seemingly simple question, and one which may receive a technically simple answer, attaining a clear understanding of signs is a task both very difficult and very important; so important, in fact, that the whole future of philosophy (and by extension, human knowledge in general) depends upon our getting the answer right.  A great deal of our present difficulty, in the 21st century, follows from several centuries’ failure to attain a true semiotics.  To begin rectifying this, I believe we must draw on a handful of key sources: John Poinsot, Charles Sanders Peirce, and John Deely.  In this seminar, we will focus on Peirce and his unique contributions to the foundations of the discipline of semiotics proper and show how we must instantiate an understanding of signs in our day-to-day practices.
    • Required texts: The Essential Peirce [Volume 1 – Amazon] [Volume 2 – Amazon]

Summer 2019 Seminars [concluded]

  • Thomas Aquinas: Wisdom & Synthesis (The Cosmological Vision of Thomas Aquinas)
    • We live in an age characterized by a largely-unconscious and unrealized nihilism: not a nihilism of the here and now, not a belief that all actions are meaningless or without purpose, but a background nihilism, grounded in a misunderstanding about the nature of the cosmos and its inherent orderliness.  By turning to Thomas Aquinas and understanding the principles through which he saw the world, we are able to perceive that inherent order and realize the cosmos is not so bleak or meaningless a place.
    • Required texts: Summa contra Gentiles [DHS Priory], Summa Theologiae [DHS Priory]
  • Martin Heidegger: Phenomenological Method
    • Charting a tumultuous course that begins in scholasticism and ends in esotericism, there are great insights buried in the oft-difficult works of Martin Heidegger.  Attempting to unearth these insights–if nothing else–is a great practice at reading difficult philosophical texts; but if one can discover the truths of his phenomenological method, philosophical ability cannot but improve–which may be discovered against the backdrop of Heidegger’s own life.
    • Required texts: Being and Time, translated by Macquarrie and Robinson [Amazon]