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The summary in Daily Nous says it all, I think: "You might not have heard the philosophy lectures of Michael Sugrue, who died recently, but hundreds of thousands of others have — 'The type of professor you'd ditch class to go and listen to,' says one YouTube commenter." Open Culture leads with, "If we ask which philosophy professor has made the greatest impact in this decade, there's a solid case to be made for the late Michael Sugrue." If impact is defined as reach, then maybe. Though it might be hard to surpass Peter Adamson's monumental History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps. But the main point here - which surely ought to dominate any discussion of online learning - is that the apparatus of colleges, courses, degrees and credentials is only a very small part of the picture, and that real contributions are being made outside the classroom walls, out in society, where such learning surely belongs.

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