Here’s a sample session so you can have an idea of what my courses are like. Thank you.
This course will start on Thursday, May 6, and will end on Thursday, May 27, 2021
4 weeks, once a week, 2 hrs per session.
Thursdays at 8:00 pm Beirut time (7:00 pm CET time)
Once you sign up for the course, you will be invited to join the course group on Circle:
Price: USD 95$
Please keep in mind that once you register for the course, there will be no refunds.
Those based in Lebanon can pay via wire transfer. Send me an email or a DM via Twitter for more details.
Detailed syllabus below.
This is a nonacademic course; meaning that I won’t be following a traditional academic model in examining or discussing the assigned texts, there won’t be a lot of jargon, and we won’t be discussing 50+ articles to be covered each session.
No prerequisites and no background in philosophy are required.
This course will serve as an introduction to the life and writings of a selection of women philosophers from different historical periods. It will consist of a survey and an examination of the philosophical questions these philosophers were tackling. Some of the philosophical themes to be discussed include natural philosophy, ethics, knowledge, god, existence, and the meaning of life.
Diotima of Mantinea, by Mary Ellen Waithe
Hypatia of Alexandria, by Mary Ellen Waithe
Murasaki Shikibu, by Mary Ellen Waithe
Heloise, by Mary Ellen Waithe
SOR JUANA lNES DE LA CRUZ by Mary Christine Morkovsky, CDP
EMILIE DU CHATELET-LOMONT by Mary Ellen Waithe
Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), by Mary Ellen Waithe
Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986), by JeJfner Allen and Jo- 261 Ann Pilardi
My name is Mahmoud Rasmi. I have a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Salamanca, Spain. I quit my academic job to take philosophy back to the marketplace. Between 2013 and 2020, I taught philosophy and cultural studies at the American University of Beirut and the Lebanese American University. Now, I have decided to venture to the virtual world in order to give affordable classes online to people who are interested in studying philosophy in a non-academic setting.
What are my online philosophy classes like?
I give some historical background and explain a few concepts, then moderate a discussion amongst the participants to make them as relatable as possible.
Testimonials: Praise from others:
“Highly recommend to anyone interested in finding out (more or for the first time like me) about philosophy – selected readings and highly enjoyable discussions, interactive, live class sessions with participants from all over the world.” – Tan Erten, (@tanerten)
“This guy’s class could change your life. At least make you think.” – Stephen Schott (@StephenBSchott)
“But one thing I can say is that his class got me thinking.” – Assaad Elias Mrad (@mradassaad)
“I have never taken a class like this (am an engineer), so I was a little intimidated by my lack of knowledge on the subject matter. Mahmoud brought a very non-elite, bottom-up style to the discussions and I felt very free and compelled to comment and be a part of this class. His knowledge is exceptional, and his perseverance (despite significant constraints happening in Beirut) was an inspiration. Having Nassim Taleb as a guest lecturer was also a great start to the class. 10/10 would take another class!” – Tom Martin
“Interested in new learning? Curious about an ancient topic? @Decafquest philosphy course is a great use of 2 hours, 2x wk for 1 mo. You’ll be in company of a thoughtful, studied guide and likeminded others from across Earth globe asia-australia.
Appearing smart has never been easier: brag about your acceptance into DecafQuest’s “Intro to Philosophy”. Getting a little smarter has also never been easier either: join a knowledgable, inquisitive guide on discovering Philosopy, with contemporary collaboration of like-minded classmates across the globe.” – Peter Noble (@petewnoble)
“I highly recommend @Decafquest.” – Waël Atallah (@wael_atallah)
“I joined @Decafquest’s course and can say it’s thought-provoking and fun.” – Oussama Himani (@ohimani)
“Last month I signed up for @Decafquest’s course on the Pre-Socratics to help with a project I’m working on related to the Sophists. Today’s the class I’ve been waiting for, but I already learned BIGLY more than I’d imagined, incl. about patristics and Late Antique Christianity.” – Beyon Miloyan (@bmiloy)
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