ESP Biography


Major: Social Anthropology

College/Employer: Harvard

Year of Graduation: 2014

Picture of Valentine Poumadere

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Past Classes

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H5688: Sapere Aude: Philosophy Live! in HSSP Spring 2012 (Feb. 18, 2012)
What does it mean to be a philosopher? How does one practice philosophy? These questions will be the focus of this class, and we will answer them with the help of some of the greatest philosophers the world has ever seen. By closely reading together texts from Aristotle, Plato, Descartes, Pascal, Kant, Nietzsche, and Heidegger, we will learn how to build arguments and give simple answers to complex questions. And since learning from example isn't enough, we will practice these skills through debates and discussions. Thus the aim of this class will not only be to simply acquaint you with what these authors have to say, but also to have you become a philosopher yourself. Each class will be divided between the reading and analysis of a short excerpt, and a discussion of any topic of importance to you, from the meaning of life to moral dilemmas faced in everyday life.