Yuval Yairi, Agnon's Library, 2006


Monday, May 1st -- Jeffrey Green from the University of Pennsylvania is speaking on "Post Representative Democracy," Noon to 1:30, Olin-Sang 207  (Click here for flyer.)


Two History of Ideas Core Seminars for Fall 2017:

PHIL 127a Lying and Deception taught by Jens Timmermann on Tues. & Thurs. 5:00 -- 6:20PM

PHIL 167a Hegel: Self-Consciousness and Freedom in the Phenomenology of Spirit taught by Eugene Sheppard on Tues. & Thurs. 2:00 -- 3:20


2016-2017 UDRs:  Morgan Brill '17 and Xinyi Du '17!


Feb. 16, 2017

"Adorno and Existence: Critical Theory and the Memory of Kierkegaard"
Peter E. Gordon
Amabel B. James Professor of History, Harvard University
All are welcome
Thursday, February 16, 4:00 pm
Mandel 303


Safier-Jolles Prize: Ariel Kagedan '16 was awarded the 2016 Safier-Jolles Prize for Best Senior Thesis in the History of Ideas. His thesis was titled,"An Exploration of Political Theology" (advisor: Eugene Sheppard, History of Ideas).



Examining the Origin, Development and Impact of Ideas

The history of ideas program offers students the opportunity to construct an independent course of study in the history of ideas. Santayana put it well in saying: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." To understand and evaluate our beliefs and commitments – even to understand the significance of the questions and problems that beset us – we need to trace their sources and their history.

Because ideas are expressed in social and political institutions as well as in philosophical, scientific, religious and literary works, the HOID program is distinguished by its multidisciplinary approach. Since political structures and institutions are themselves articulated in vigorous intellectual debates, we need to understand the ideas that have formed and continue to form them.

HOID proposes to provide students with the historical background of the issues and values that have shaped their interests. It is intended to provide students with the skills and the knowledge, the guidance and the freedom to construct a focused and rigorous course of study, one that explores the historical transformations of a set of ideas and institutions across several traditional disciplines.