Dr. Cornel West Launches Philosophy Course with MasterClass

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The renowned activist and scholar wants class attendees to think about the existential question: What does it mean to be human? 

In honor of World Philosophy Day, Dr. Cornel West has launched a course with MasterClass, the streaming platform where anyone has the chance to learn from the world’s best across a variety of subjects.  

Dr. West is a professor, author and political activist. Throughout his course, West will share his expertise and teach members how to apply philosophical reflection to their everyday lives to become more critical thinkers. The themes of humanity, love, music, courage and death will be the focus of the conversation.  

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 “Philosophy challenges us to see differently, feel more deeply and act more courageously,” West said in a statement. “My hope is that members will develop a new lens through which to view themselves and become more conscious human beings and that they can become introspective of their own journey and how they interact with others.” 

The Black thought leader is currently a professor at Union Theological Seminary, where he teaches on the works of German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, philosophy of religion and African American critical thought. He has held professorships at Yale, Princeton and Harvard.  

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In July, West resigned from Harvard University in an open letter shared on his social media over a dispute about tenure. He has a storied history with the Ivy League and has previously taught at Harvard’s department of African and African American studies, law and divinity schools. 

West has also contributed to a MasterClass thematic class on empathy. He will also be an instructor on a forthcoming course in December on Black History, Black Freedom and Black Love.  

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