Plato: The Great Philosopher-Educator

This brief, five-seminar course is based on the book Plato: The Great Philosopher-Educator by Dr. David Diener. Dr. Diener completed a dual PhD in philosophy and philosophy of education at Indiana University, and works at Hillsdale College, where he is the headmaster of Hillsdale Academy and a lecturing professor of education. In five weeks of study, teachers will come to understand the contributions the great philosopher Plato has made to the tradition of classical education.

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This course provides an introduction to the foundational philosopher Plato and his thoughts on education. Plato’s philosophy of education has shaped the educational principles and practices of the Western world for over two millennia. In this course, Dr. David Diener guides educators through a discussion of Plato’s background and context, some of his key insights on curriculum and pedagogy, and his educational legacy, closing with the relevance and implications of Plato’s views for educators in the twenty-first century.

The course is based on the guidebook Plato: The Great Philosopher-Educator by Dr. David Diener. We recommend purchasing the text for reference throughout the course.

This book is also available as an audiobook, available from here.

Dr. David Diener has a BA in philosophy and ancient languages from Wheaton College and an MA in philosophy, an MS in history and philosophy of education, and a dual PhD in philosophy and philosophy of education from Indiana University. He works at Hillsdale College, where he is Headmaster of Hillsdale Academy and Lecturing Professor of Education. The Dieners have four children and enjoy working, playing, loving, and laughing together.

To learn more about earning a certificate for this course, please visit “How do I Obtain a Course Certificate?” on our FAQ page. Our course certificates are valued by classical schools and co-ops worldwide, and you can also be on your way to obtaining an elective credit toward a Level 1 certificate with your completion of this course. Teachers certified with either ACSI or ACCS will see continuing education unit (CEU) credits listed on our course certificate for you to submit to either organization (with more information on certification credit here).

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Course Includes

  • 7 Lessons
  • 18 Topics
  • 7 Quizzes
  • 1.00 CEU
  • 2.50 Hours
  • Course Certificate