Exploring Metaphysics : The Great Courses: Modern Philosophy

  • by The Great Courses, David K. Johnson
  • Narrated by Professor David K. Johnson
  • Series: The Great Courses: Modern Philosophy
  • 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

This mind-bending tour of metaphysics applies philosophy to the forefront of today's knowledge. Over the course of 24 fascinating lectures, Professor Johnson thinks through the big questions about humans and the universe: The relationship between the mind and the brain, how consciousness emerges from neurochemical processes, the existence of God, human free will, the possibility of time travel, and whether we live in a multiverse or even a computer simulation.
Drawing from the realms of psychology, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, and philosophy, the first half of the course examines the defining traits of being human. You'll explore the connection between brains and minds, as well as the nature of the self, time, and human free will.
The second half of the course shifts from the nature of the individual to the nature of the universe. Here metaphysics, science, and theology all intersect as you consider the existence of God, the science behind relativity, and the bizarre-even spooky-world of quantum mechanics.
Although the subject has ancient roots, the metaphysics you study in this course is far from an esoteric system of thought. Indeed, this material is very much alive today-at the forefront of philosophy, physics, and medical technology. When you complete this course, you will have a much richer perspective on the world around you. Virtually every lecture will challenge some of your bedrock beliefs about yourself and the universe.
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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After a short listen to the preview it seemed very interesting although the readers voice was a little odd. After buying it and listening, I could not stand the high machine gun like staccato rendition of a subject by the professor it probably would have been very interesting indeed.
If a reader of some ability was to comfortably pass on this information I would really like to "get into" Metaphysics. What a shame, the other courses have been very good.
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- Voxsmart


What did you like about this audiobook?

Covers the landscape of metaphysics well, perfectly fine as an introduction to the subject. I liked the readers style found him to be humorous and a good communicator of the concepts. ( some reviewers didn't like his voice - to fussy in my opinion, didn't bother me one iota) Enjoyed it and if you are interested in learning about the ultimate nature of reality this is a good place to start.

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- Felix

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-05-2014
  • Publisher: The Great Courses