Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition : The Great Courses: Intellectual History

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Alan Charles Kors, Professor Darren Staloff, Professor Dennis Dalton, Professor Douglas Kellner
  • Series: The Great Courses: Intellectual History
  • 43 hrs and 43 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

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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Surprisingly good

There is something for everyone in this introduction to philosophy. I have a Masters Degree in the subject and bought this course as a refresher, overlooking some of the negative reviews from the hard-to-please crowd. That was the right choice. Here are my thoughts. The choice of philosophers was a good, including both the usual greats as a few surprises. The selection is well-balance across time (sampling each period from the pre-socratics to the present) and also across space, the different approaches to and branches of philosophy (from softer spiritual, ethical, and political questions to harder questions of analysis, knowledge, and science). This evenhandedness was quite an accomplishment in my opinion. In terms of rigour, the level is about right for this sort of course: there is plenty of substance for people with a background in philosophy yet beginners will also be able to enjoy and benefit from it. The fact that I am going to listen to it again is probably the surest sign that's it's achieved it's aim. Overall, a very solid and enriching course.
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- CJ Deazeley

lots and lots of matrial

This is a great resource and has given me a glimpse into profoundly deep thoughts from 3 thousand years of grear western minds. Many of these were not known to me before. So much material! Just thinly spread; despite many hours of lectures.
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- Matthew McGuire

Book Details

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