Excellent book for those who have some familiarity with Ethics. It scans, contrasts, and explains the relationships (or contradictions) of most moral thought traditions through seminal author stances.
As intended, the book is a brief history and superficial treatment of many traditions or schools of ethical reasoning. For those seeking a 'deep dive' into one tradition, this isn't the book. Further, the author does not impose a universal unifying theory. As with most good scholarship and teaching, the author explains and critiques; but allows the reader to think independently.
Excellent pace by the narrator. Brisk enough to hold interest, appropriate pauses to allow for reflection. This is not an easy balance, as this book requires engagement with nuanced ideas and logic.
This book/lecture/course is very easy to listen to. Mr. Kreeft starts with the ancient Greeks, goes up through Machiavelli, Kant, and others. He follows the discovery of each "new" philosophical/ethical idea, what was happening historically, and what other major philosophers were saying at the same time. He is subtle in his opinions; Mr. Kreeft doesn't lecture to you, but rather tells you a story. It's entertaining and educational.
I found that as a narrator, Mr. Kreeft was easy to understand - no hums, or haws. Very clear voice with a personal tone.
This is my first Modern Ethics lecture (I'm more The Great Courses kind), and this Ethics course makes me curious to try another in their series.
Very digestible presentation. Does a reasonable job of presenting ancient philosophers' views, then separately asserting his opinions.
He read's well for a content author, so the emphasis is perfect. Philosophy is particularly awkward when read by the average author.
His philosophical positions are totally absurd from my thinking. Example: He asserts that if God exists and is morally perfect, then god must be the basis or our morality. I can't even begin to understand how someone who calls himself a philosopher could sling together such a collection of unsubstantiated claims. "if god exists and is morally perfect?" That seems utterly impossible for any creature, sentient or not but fine, we'll just assume it's true even though we can't begin to understand the implications. "Then our morality must be based on god's" What!? God is a completely different kind of organism from us and there's only one of him. His social morality would be fundamentally different from ours. He is far more powerful than we are. His morality requires him to show far greater restraint in using his power to his own benefit than humans do. I can go on, but you get the point.
This audiobook looks at important topics in ethics but is very biased by the author. The author takes every chance he can to promote christianity and christian principles over other viewpoints and to promote old views over modern views. Furthermore the author (Kreeft) gives his personal assessments in value-oriented ways rather than descriptive ones. This means that you end up learning much more about the author than about the topics he purports to cover. If you are a christian, this might be an accessible way to learn about philosophy but be warned that it is a dishonest representation of the material by someone who doesn't fully understand it.
I really wanted to learn about this subject. Previous reviews said it is tainted by the lecturer's religious bias but I thought I'd try it anyhow. I was disappointed to discover that the bad reviews were fair. It feels patronising and has overtones of religion and the lecturers thinly veiled religious self-justification stewn throughout which make mining it for genuine knowledge, of which the lecturer has some to offer, simply annoying.
I downloaded the Modern Scholar on polical theory which presented its facts and perspectives in such an open and warmly detached manner. That experience gave me faith in the series so I assumed the bad reviews for this one on Ethics were just because ethics is a touchy subject for many readers.
I'm afraid this lecturer does not inspire confidence as its easy to sense his prejudice driving much of the opinion and perspective he presents, even to the point where he contradicts himself when justifying his own personal perspectives along the way. It made me feel like I was only being presented half the picture. It made me more interested in the other intellectuals he ridicules throughout than in listening to him. Though obviously a highly educated man, he cannot share what knowlege he has objectively because of the religious way he's gone about forming his speculation.
I will think twice before trusting the "Modern Scholar" series again just on its name after this download. Annoying and unbalanced.
If you want to know how the religious right in America thinks, this is the book for you... The author is a Platonist and an unapologetic dualist, an apparent Republican and a smug professor of religion. He dismisses materialism and misrepresents thinkers he does not approve of, such as Hobbes and Marx. If you can tolerate this, there is something to be learned from the lectures, but really there are better books out there.
The author keeps on refering to or presupposing Bible and Christ. This is not what I would expect in a philosopy class and neither is this indicated in the description of the product. A credit wasted and my weakest purchase from the otherwise recommendable Modern Scholar series.
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I don't have time to read the Print version
very insightful look into the subject
simple and organized
Peter Kreeft is extremely bias. If you would like/wish to learn how to rescript ethics to fit the Bible or some type of Christian's view of ethics then listen to Peter Kreeft. Often it seems he was forcing his view on you; working so hard to twist the facts to fit his Christian point of view that he is trying desperately to sell you. It is too bad. I wish he would have presented me with the facts and not the bias twisted view he did; and allow me to formulate my own opinion. If you are looking for a fair and not bias treatment of the field of ethics, then this is not what you are looking for. Look elsewhere. Audible should rewrite the description of this audible book.
Excellent philosophical content, as to be expected from Dr. Kreeft. However, the quality of the recording leaves something to be desired. Several reviewers commented on his monotone voice, which, having heard him in person I could hardly believe. Now having listened to the recording, I see that it fails to capture the richness of his voice, and indeed gives it a sort of monotone quality, which is unfortunate, because his actual voice lends much to one's engagement in his presentations.