Halkyon Academy

Learn only in order to create!

The Halkyon Academy provides online courses and seminars on philosophy, art, and poetry.

Our founder Johannes A. Niederhauser also provides private philosophy tutorials.

The leitmotif of the school comes from Schelling:

"All rules for study are summed up in this one: Learn only in order to create!" 

We worry not at all about meaningless credentials or pieces of paper. Instead, our focus is on the true formation and education of human beings - may we flourish and fully become who we are. 

Our seminars are spaces of  "otium cum dignitate" - "idleness with dignity" free from instrumental rationality and the demands of the market.

Online Courses


Early Greek Philosophy

In this seminar course we consider some of  the most important passages from the so-called “Pre-Socratics”. We focuse on four of the most pivotal thinkers of the time:
Anaximander,  Empedocles, Heraclitus, and Parmenides

Get the syllabus here

Idleness with Dignity

We have lost many things we moderns! Many an art form today is but a fading memory. 

How to be idle with dignity - "otium cum dignitate" - is one of the most important ones. In this course you will learn from some of the most important thinkers how they envisioned divine leisure to be attainable also for us mortals. Sign up below for updates. 

Enroll here


Heidegger on Death and Being

In this course you will learn why death is pivotal to understand Heidegger's philosophy. 

Moreover, the course is a meditation of the memento mori - remembering that we are mortal and what this means for our being human.

Enrol here


Deleuze vs. Heidegger: Technology, Enslavement, and Escape

A course on the philosophy of technology and how to find exit in our age.

Enrol here

In cooperation with Justin Murphy


Thinkers Guild

The Guild is based in London, UK, with members around the globe

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