Just Ideas invites some of the most talented professors in New York City to teach in our program. We work together to select philosophically rich literature that will engage students and provoke conversations about fundamental philosophical questions -- about the role of family, friends, loves, and losses in life, about what it means to be human, about the precarity of justice and wisdom.

Our courses have included The Epic of Gilgamesh, Aeschylus' Oresteia, Sophocles' Antigone and Oedipus, Plato's Republic and Apology, Boccaccio's Decameron, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House, Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis, and Nella Larson's Passing. Our teachers are trained in our embodied learning pedagogy and paired with a veteran intern so that the moment they walk into class, they are prepared to speak to the dignity and capacity of every single person. Although our expectations are high, our students always rise to the occasion and always teach the teachers


Christia Mercer, Founder and Director, Just Ideas | Gustave Bern Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University 


Michael Holmes, PhD Candidate, Philosophy, Columbia University  

Professor Dhananjay

Dhananjay Jagannathan, Assistant Professor, Philosophy, Columbia University

Jessica Moss

Jessica Moss, Professor, Philosophy, New York University


Achille Varzi, Professor, Philosophy, Columbia University 

Julie Crawford

Julie Crawford, Mark van Doren Professor, English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University 


Buka Oyoke, M.A., Philosophy, Columbia University

Clemence Boulouque

Clemence Boulouque, Carl and Bernice Witten Assistant Professor, Religion, Columbia University


David Albert, Frederick J. E. Woodbridge Professor, Philosophy, Columbia University


Emma Kaufman, Columbia College '08 (Philosophy, Gender Studies), Associate Professor of Law, NYU

Kimuli Kasara

Kimuli Kasara, Professor, Professor of Political Science, Columbia University

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Dena Shottenkirk, Assistant Professor, Philosophy, Brooklyn College