World Views and Values is an online course that I developed and taught for several years while teaching for a highly ranked college back in New York. Students loved the course, and it became a very popular and highly requested class. As the course developer, I retain all intellectual property rights to the course materials, so I've decided to offer this course (which typically cost students quite a lot to take) to the general public worldwide, at a significant savings.
Through the course of study, students are introduced to a selection of key thinkers, texts, and topics from the history of ideas, centered particularly but not exclusively on Philosophy. Given the theme of the course - World Views and Values - I decided to focus particularly on issues in Ethics, Social Theory, Human Nature, Metaphysics, and Theory of Knowledge.
This course includes over 50 lecture videos, over 25 handouts on the material, lots of lesson pages, quizzes to test your understanding, and plenty of other resources to help you understand these key philosophical works
The thinkers and texts discussed in the course are:
From the Ancient Period:
From the Medieval Period:
From the Early Modern Period:
From the 19th Century:
From the 20th Century:
Given that the course is open-enrollment, you can proceed through the material at your own pace. Some learners also find it enjoyable to sign up with a friend. I hope you enjoy the course!
After a successful career as a college professor, researcher, and administrator, I started our company, ReasonIO (with my wife and partner, Andi Sciacca) in order to engage in philosophy in public, practical, and professional contexts.
I take difficult philosophical texts, thinkers, and topics, and make them accessible for everyday people. That's how philosophy gets traction and remains closely connected with real life!
The work I do with ReasonIO includes online course development and teaching, public speaking, organizational consulting, tutorial sessions, development of philosophy content, and philosophical counseling.
I am the Editor of Stoicism Today and the producer of the Half Hour Hegel series. To date, I have authored one book (Reason Fulfilled By Revelation), and dozens of articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries. Although I work in significant part outside of the academy, I remain actively engaged in research and scholarship.
In recent years, I have held a Research Residency at the Institute for Saint Anselm Studies, been a Visiting Scholar position at European Graduate School, and was a Charles Chesnutt Library Fellow.