Practical Philosophy: The Greco-Roman Moralists : The Great Courses: Ancient Philosophy

  • by The Great Courses, Luke Timothy Johnson
  • Narrated by Professor Luke Timothy Johnson
  • Series: The Great Courses: Ancient Philosophy
  • 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

It's easy to forget that philosophy means "love of wisdom," not "love of thinking." In addition to philosophy that tells you how to think well, the field also provides guidance on how to live well - solid advice on how to be a good father or friend, or how to grow old gracefully, or to know what true happiness is.
Greek and Roman thinkers such as Marcus Tullius Cicero, Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, Dio Chrysostom, and Plutarch of Chaeronea devoted their lives not to metaphysics and epistemology but to the appreciation and practice of morality and virtue, values, and character. They give us - in plain, straightforward language - rules designed to help us progress as people.
These 24 inspiring lectures introduce you to the sages who, as a group, represent the "missing page" of the history of philosophy. Although their names are sometimes familiar to us, as in the case of Cicero and Plutarch, their philosophy is not. Studying these thinkers offers some surprising ways to think about philosophy.
For example, they believed the heart of philosophy is the question of how to live well as a human being. It is how you act, not what you think, that is most important. Virtue and morality are the keys to living a good life. And philosophers should practice what they preach (although, as you'll discover, the Greco-Roman moral philosophers certainly had flaws).
From Cicero's deep sense of civic duty to Marcus Aurelius's pursuit of wisdom and dedication to the common good, this course offers ample opportunity to hear, in their own words, the philosophers' prescriptions for healthier living.
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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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would! It puts one in awe of the incredible wisdom that's been amassed by the ancients that is sadly forgotten in this day and age, but should be shouted from the rooftops! The Greco-Roman moralists should be known to every high school student.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Practical Philosophy: The Greco-Roman Moralists?

I couldn't name one particular moment - but there's so many things that are said by the thinkers that make perfect sense while at the same time are also said in a simple, yet elegant way - something that is very lacking in modern academia.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed it so much I came re-listened some of the chapters right after finishing the book.

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- Karol

Book Details

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