A History of Philosophy in 81 Video Lectures: A Free Course That Explores Philosophy from Ancient Greece to Modern Times

Above, you can watch 81 video lec­tures trac­ing the his­to­ry of phi­los­o­phy, mov­ing from Ancient Greece to mod­ern times. Arthur Holmes pre­sent­ed this influ­en­tial course at Wheaton Col­lege for decades, and now it’s online for you. The lec­tures are all stream­able above, or avail­able through this YouTube playlist.

Philoso­phers cov­ered in the course include: Pla­to, Aquinas, Hobbes Descartes, Spin­oza, Hume, Kant, Hegel, Niet­zsche, Sartre and more.

A His­to­ry of Phi­los­o­phy has been added to our list of Free Online Phi­los­o­phy cours­es, a sub­set of our meta col­lec­tion, 1,700 Free Online Cours­es from Top Uni­ver­si­ties.

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