We all face big questions every day, from the metaphysical — “What is the purpose of life?” — to the mundane, such as, “Should I give a dollar to that homeless person?” Philosophers have been thinking about these types of questions for thousands of years. We will apply the ideas of philosophers from the ancient past to the lives we lead and questions we ponder today.
Rob Merker received his Ph.D. in philosophy in 2012 from the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center after retiring from a successful business career. He has been an adjunct professor at Brooklyn College and at CSU East Bay. His teaching goal is to make philosophical ideas interesting and accessible to everyone.