Classics of Western Philosophy

A portrait of W. E .B. Du Bois.

A portrait of W. E. B. Du Bois by Winold Reiss, circa 1920. Du Bois' concept of "double consciousness" is the focus for Session 23. (Image courtesy of Cliff on flickr. License CC BY.)


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This course will introduce you to the Western philosophical tradition through the study of thinkers such as Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Cavendish, Hume, and Kant. You'll grapple with questions that have been significant to philosophy from its beginnings: Questions about the nature of the mind, the existence of God, the foundations of knowledge, and the good life. You'll also observe changes of intellectual outlook over time, and the effect of scientific, religious, and political concerns on the development of philosophical ideas.

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Sally Haslanger, Milo Phillips-Brown, Kevin Richardson, and Said Saillant. 24.01 Classics of Western Philosophy. Spring 2016. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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