History of Philosophy

Online History of Philosophy Class Dr Daniel Fincke

My History of Philosophy class introduces students to the story of Western philosophy all the way from the pre-Socratic philosophers to the 20th Century. In this course I chronologically explain the major ideas and relevance of the major philosophical schools and figures from each major period in the history of Western Philosophy, overviewing an entire period or tradition each week. While there is ample room for students to discuss their philosophical responses to the ideas being covered, this is generally the class I teach which is heaviest on lecture time as there is a great quantity of factual material to explain in a short period of time.

We overview Ancient Greek and Hellenistic Philosophy (the Pre-Socratics, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, the Cynics, the Epicureans), Medieval Philosophy (Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas, and the Scholastics), Modern Philosophy (the Rationalists, Descartes, Spinoza, and Leibniz, and the Empiricists Locke, Berkeley, and Hume), Kant, 19th Century German Idealists (Fichte and Hegel) and the 19th Century European proto-existentialist reactions against them (Marx, Feuerbach, Kierkegaard, Dostoyevsky, and Nietzsche).

Then finally we address the diverse explosion of movements in 20th Century Philosophy. Students are given a familiarizing overview of the rise of Analytic Philosophy (Russell, Wittgenstein, Frege, Logical Positivism, Ordinary Language Philosophy, Modal Logic, and the division of philosophy into new subfields like Metaethics, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Science, etc.), Pragmatism (Peirce, James, Dewey, Rorty), Process Philosophy (Whitehead), Phenomenology (Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Levinas), Existentialism (Sartre, Camus, Buber, Barth), Structuralism (Saussure and Lacan), Hermeneutics (Gadamer), Feminism (de Beauvoir, Irigaray), Postmodernism (Derrida’s Deconstruction and Foucault’s Post-Structuralism), and Post-World War II Political Philosophy (Rawls, Nozick, Walzer, Arendt). There is no university credit for taking this course.

Here are the History of Philosophy classes starting in September 2014:

History of Philosophy: Mondays 7pm-9:30pm Eastern Time
History of Philosophy: Thursdays 9am-11:30am Eastern Time

All it takes to sign up is to click on the link for the section of class that you want to take, then select and purchase a pass for it. The chart below explains the price options. Your time in a class lasts 8, 16, or more weeks depending on which pass you buy (see chart below) and how long you want to stay in that class before trying another. If you don’t see a time that fits your needs or if you have any more questions feel free to e-mail me at dan.fincke@gmail.com. For more details on how my classes work in general, please see the FAQ. For more about me, see this page. If you would like to schedule a 1-on-1 class session with me (or regular ones), e-mail me and we can make an appointment and you can purchase a Bronze Pass.


*There is no university credit for taking these classes.

After a short trial period (1 session for a Silver Pass or 2 sessions for a Platinum or Gold Pass) you can withdraw from my classes and receive a refund of your unused balance minus a service fee. After the trial period there are no refunds.

For more details on how my classes work in general, please see the FAQ or e-mail me at dan.fincke@gmail.com. For more about me, see this page.

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