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For 3,000 years, mankind has grappled with fundamental questions about life. What is real? Who or what is God? When is it legitimate for one person to have power over others? What is justice? Beauty?
This 84-lecture, 12-professor tour of Western philosophical tradition covers more than 60 of history's greatest minds and brings you a comprehensive survey of the history of Western philosophy from its origins in classical Greece to the present.
It took 3,000 years for the debate chronicled in these lectures to reach maturity.
With this series of lectures, you can encompass it by the end of next month. You'll travel chronologically through the history of the Western world, charting the intriguing development of Western philosophy and drawing fascinating connections between thinkers separated by the gulf of time and space. You'll acquaint yourself with the Greek Pre-Socratics (the world's first scientific thinkers) and examine in detail the insights of three towering figures: Socrates, his student Plato, and Plato's student, Aristotle.
You'll examine the contributions to philosophy from biblical traditions and the great minds of the Christian age. Then, you'll mark the critical schism that developed between the claims of faith and those of science and participate in the breathless discovery found during the Enlightenment, which reveled in the new freedom of human potential and scientific expansion. You'll study the provocative philosophical responses (by the Existentialists and others) to the challenges raised by the new scientific consciousness. And you'll conclude with an overview of the work of Derrida and other late 20th-century philosophers and theorists.
The full list of lecturers includes Professors Alan Charles Kors, Darren Staloff, Dennis Dalton, Douglas Kellner, Jeremy Adams, Jeremy Shearmur, Kathleen M. Higgins, Louis Markos, Mark Risjord, Phillip Cary, Robert C. Solomon, and Robert H. Kane.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.
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especially liked the lecturer on Freud and Marx because I never liked or perhaps understood them. I still don't really like them but I understand them better
2 Leute fanden das hilfreich
You have to take your time
The twelve (!) authors introduce you in 84 compelling lessons to 2500 years of philosophical thinking, from old Greece to contemporaries like Habermas or Nozick. The level is suited to an interested layman, you just need some free time.
The accompanying material is very rich (450 pages) and readable even without the audio. My only critic here: There is indication who wrote which chapter.
And to the speakers: Well, let's just say I liked some voices more than others.
1 Person fand das hilfreich
loved it? yes
struggled to finish? no
most memorable moment? everything Alan Kors
how was the narrator? all of them were good. Some more, some less.