Philosophy Music Videos

Can you get your students to sing about philosophy? Sara Bernstein, associate professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, can. With a little incentive, her students at Notre Dame (and before that, at Duke) have belted out some surprisingly sophisticated philosophical covers of popular songs.

Here’s the extra-credit assignment from her “Reality: The Big Questions” course:


What a fun idea.

A couple of Bernstein’s students gave us permission to share their videos here. The first is from students at Notre Dame:


And these are Duke students (skip to the 1:05 mark).


Do you make use of some unconventional assignments or teaching techniques in your philosophy courses? Email me at [email protected] and maybe we’ll do a post about them.


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