“Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.” – Will Durant

Will Durant

“Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.” – Will Durant

About Will Durant

William James “Will” Durant (November 5, 1885 – November 7, 1981) was an American writer, historian, and philosopher. He is best known for The Story of Civilization, 11 volumes written in collaboration with his wife, Ariel Durant, and published between 1935 and 1975. He was earlier noted for The Story of Philosophy (1926), described as “a groundbreaking work that helped to popularize philosophy”.

He conceived of philosophy as total perspective or seeing things sub specie totius, a phrase inspired by Spinoza’s sub specie aeternitatis. He sought to unify and humanize the great body of historical knowledge, which had grown voluminous and become fragmented into esoteric specialties, and to vitalize it for contemporary application. The Durants were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction in 1968 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977.

Durant graduated in 1907. He worked as a reporter for Arthur Brisbane’s New York Evening Journal for 10 dollars a week. At the Evening Journal, he wrote several articles on sexual criminals. In 1907, he began teaching Latin, French, English and geometry at Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey. He was also made librarian there.

In 1911, he left the seminary. He became the principal of Ferrer Modern School, an advanced school intended to educate the working classes; he also taught there.
In 1917, while working on a doctorate in philosophy at Columbia University, he wrote his first book, Philosophy and the Social Problem. He discussed the idea that philosophy had not grown because it avoided the actual problems of society. He received his doctorate that same year from Columbia. He was also an instructor at the university.

The Durants also shared an intense love for one another as explained in their Dual Autobiography.
After Will entered the hospital, Ariel(wife) stopped eating. Will died after he heard that Ariel had died. They died within two weeks of one another in 1981 (she on October 25 and he on November 7).

(Source – Wikipedia)

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