Somebody who only reads newspapers and at best books of contemporary authors looks to me like an extremely near-sighted person who scorns eyeglasses. He is completely dependent on the prejudices and fashions of his times.
—Albert Einstein, 1954
The unexamined life is not worth living.
—Plato, The Apology of Socrates
What is the best life for human beings, both as individuals and as members of a community? Can the study of modern science shed light on this question? Can reflection on the question of the best life deepen our understanding of science?
Concourse is a community of students and faculty dedicated to exploring these and other fundamental questions. We offer small classes with rigorous instruction in the science and math General Institute Requirements (GIRs). But we broaden this education by offering an equally rigorous humanities curriculum that forces us to examine such matters as the meaning of human nature, the necessary conditions for genuine liberty, the proper role of science, and the possibility of finding true happiness.
Concourse offers an opportunity to engage these questions in a profound, sustained and integrated way. You will encounter the greatest philosophic, scientific, literary and political minds from Plato to the American Founders to Einstein. Our view is that an education of this sort will cultivate individuals who are thoughtful, truly free, and prepared to be the leaders of tomorrow.
Concourse is fortunate to have unique facilities to foster this challenging intellectual community. All Concourse students have 24/7 use of our private lounge, which is in the geographic heart of MIT’s academic campus. This is where ideas and people come together, not only for study but also for informal discussions, class tutorials, weekly Friday lunches, and even spontaneous breakfasts and dinners. The lounge is our students’ forward base of operations.