An Introduction to Greek Philosophy

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor David Roochnik
  • 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

More than 2,500 years later, the fundamental questions asked by the ancient Greeks continue to challenge, fascinate, and instruct us. Is reality stable and permanent or is it always changing? Are ethical values like justice and courage relative? What is justice? What is happiness? How shall we best live our lives?
In this series of 24 lectures, Professor Roochnik invites you to join this eternal discussion. You'll study the development of Greek philosophy, meet its major thinkers, and explore the issues and ideas that concerned them, from the Pre-Socratic concerns with "Being" to the staggering contributions of Plato and Aristotle.
Alfred North Whitehead, the great 20th-century British philosopher, said, "The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato." In the Middle Ages, Aristotle was held in such high esteem that he was simply known as "the philosopher."
In this course, you not only learn about Greek philosophy but, to some extent, how to do it. Professor Roochnik emphasizes that Greek philosophy is ultimately not about facts or answers but about the give-and-take of ideas. By joining the conversation, you will come away with a new appreciation for how Greek philosophy still heavily influences our view of life.
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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Excellent introduction to Greek philosophy

Where does An Introduction to Greek Philosophy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Ranking it against other great courses as it is not a book. Great introduction to Greek does not go into too much detail, but enough to get on with at the moment. I have to say i have heard it said that the best way to understand philosophy is not to read the books but to have is spoken to you and i would certainly agree with that position


Who was your favorite character and why?

Socrates - constantly asking what is ???


Have you listened to any of Professor David Roochnik’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Liked his enthusiasm


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Socrates death


Any additional comments?

Great intro to a difficult but worthwhile subject

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- Gery Lynch

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses