How to Be a Stoic: Ancient Wisdom for a Happier Life

How to Be a Stoic: Ancient Wisdom for a Happier Life is a four-week live, online course that will teach you what Stoicism is and how you can implement it in your life.

In this four-week course, you'll learn how to be a Stoic. We'll explore the main themes of Stoicism; the four cardinal virtues; Stoic techniques such as the dichotomy of control and negative visualisation; Stoic advice on death, love, and relationships; and most importantly, how to practice Stoic wisdom in your daily life. This course will teach you what Stoicism is and how it can improve your life.

Your Instructor

Dr Matthew Sharpe is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Deakin University. His research interests include classical philosophy, psychoanalysis, and critical theory. For the past decade, his work has increasingly focused on Stoicism and modern receptions thereof, and he is currently working on a forthcoming book about philosophy as a way of life.

Course Structure

The course consists of four 90-minute classes and takes place in our virtual classroom over Zoom.

It is a live and interactive course, which features:

- Assigned readings,
- Live lectures,
- Live Q&A sessions with the instructor,
- and Zoom breakout rooms with your intellectually curious classmates.

Can’t make the live classes? No dramas! All lessons are recorded and accessible forever.

To maintain an optimal learning environment, classes are kept small — so be quick in securing your spot!

Class Schedule

WEEK 1: Overview of Stoicism:
- Themes.
- Masters.
- The Four Cardinal Virtues.

WEEK 2: Stoic Techniques:
- The Dichotomy of Control.
- Negative Visualisation.
- Stoic Meditation.

WEEK 3: Stoic Advice:
- Emotions.
- Relationships.
- Death.

WEEK 4: Stoic Practice:
- Incorporating Stoicism into your Daily Life.

What's Included

- Live online lectures.
- Live Q&A sessions with the instructor.
- Zoom breakout rooms for collaboration with other classmates.
- Downloadable pre-readings.
- Weekly homework tasks.
- Downloadable PDF summaries of the lectures and course.
- Lifetime access to the lecture recordings.
- A certificate of completion.
- The opportunity to make new intellectually curious friends.



I’ve done two courses now, highly recommend. The teachers are knowledgeable, it’s the right amount of content before and during class.

Great to connect with likeminded people.


I’ve taken multiple Think Inc Academy courses and they have all been brilliant!

The instructors are extremely knowledgeable and the small class sizes allow for lively discussion with friendly classmates.

I highly recommend these courses to help get your head around the big questions that face us all!