Simon Critchley once said, “philosophy should form human beings, not just inform them.” Unlike many contemporary branches of philosophy, the ancients understood this humanities discipline as a way of life. In this basic introduction to Western philosophy, participants will explore what it meant to be a philosopher and to actually do philosophy in the ancient world and how this may come to (re)form our contemporary understanding of the role of the philosopher and philosophy in today’s world.
Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Raritan Valley Community College
Brandyn Heppard is an assistant professor of philosophy at Raritan Valley Community College in New Jersey & Co-Director of RVCC’s Women’s Center. A PhD candidate at the New School for Social Research in NYC, his dissertation project is entitled “The Revolution Must Be Funny: Comedy as a Revolutionary Practice.” Brandyn is a peforming artist and furthers the mission of progressing humanity through the arts with his hip hop reggae band Universal Rebel.