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The Modern Intellectual Tradition: From Descartes to Derrida Lecture

The Modern Intellectual Tradition: From Descartes to Derrida

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What is reality? Ask yourself whether you can actually know the answer, much less be sure that you can know it, and you've begun to grapple with the metaphysical and epistemological quandaries that have occupied, teased, and tormented modern philosophy's greatest intellects since the dawn of modern science and a century before the Enlightenment.

These 36 lectures are the perfect introduction to the basics of modern and contemporary Western approaches to the philosophies of both reality (metaphysics) and knowledge (epistemology), right through the end of the 20th century. Led by Professor Cahoone, you'll partake in an engaging intellectual journey that encompasses prominent figures from all the major traditions of Western philosophy.

You'll explore the ideas behind modern philosophy's most important movements, including dualism, rationalism, empiricism, idealism, existentialism, and postmodernism. You'll plunge into the thought of some of philosophy's most important thinkers, including Descartes, Locke, Spinoza, Hume, Kant, Hegel, Peirce, Nietzsche, James, Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Rorty, and Derrida, learning how many of them were in fact considered radicals, their views appreciated far less in their own era than in later ones.

And you'll gain a clear sense of how each of these movements and thinkers fits into philosophy's broader progression, often pushing philosophy in dramatically new directions right up to the present day, as well as how philosophy is intimately related to a multitude of other disciplines.

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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    I majored in philosophy many years ago and have kept up with it on an enthuisiast's level since then. However, I truly learned more from this set of lectures than I have from any other source. I think I finally understand the morass that is 20th century philosophical thought. Professor Cahoone is an exceptional teacher - lucid, knowledgable without being verbose, thoughtful and serious. Without a doubt the best Great Course I've audited.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Madeleine London, United Kingdom 07-15-13
    Madeleine London, United Kingdom 07-15-13 Member Since 2016

    Audiobook addict.

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    "Nicely Dovetailed Survey of Modern Philosophy"

    On the whole, I thought this was a worthwhile course. Although I was familiar with most of the philosophers and philosophical movements covered in the course, I got introduced to some I had not heard much about before. His summary of Hegel is particularly excellent, since Hegel is notoriously hard to summarize.

    However, I admit to being rather disappointed by the lecturer's aside about "Foucault's exploration of sexuality - which he also explored in his personal life, and died of AIDS". I found this unnecessary and subtly homophobic. Furthermore, it had the effect of subtly eroding the potential validity, or objectivity of this theorist's work.

    It was a little thing. But when I heard it, it disappointed me and forced me to question the objectivity of many of the lecturer's earlier assertions on philosophers I knew less about.



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    Carl ONALASKA, WI, United States 10-11-13
    Carl ONALASKA, WI, United States 10-11-13
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    "Outstanding summary of modern philosophy"
    What did you love best about The Modern Intellectual Tradition: From Descartes to Derrida?

    The depth of understanding Prof Cahoone conveys throughout the lectures. His love of the subject was expressed brilliantly and yet dispassionately. As the series was so enjoyable, I plan to listen to the whole series again.


    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Schurks 12-14-15
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    "Interesting and Dense"

    Interesting material if a bit dense and difficult to understand at times though I attribute this more to the source material rather the lecturer. Overall, great series and look forward to more from this professor.

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    "Far more comprehensive than expected; Thank you!"

    This program surpassed my expectations, the most memorable part was the walk through Kierkegaard's dilemma, and the speaker was fantastic.

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    Karl A. Young 06-11-15
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    "Great overview"

    Professor Cahoone did an excellent job of reviewing modern analytic, continental, and pragmatic philosophy. And uniquely in my experience he didn't exhibit any obvious bias in his presentation of the widely varying views in these traditions and was actually able to illustrate some similarities, e.g. a convergence in the late 20th century towards a pragmatic view by a number of thinkers from different strains of philosophy.

    The discussion of the re- emergence of emergence via complexity at various levels of organization was, I thought, particularly well done.

    I would highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to better understand current discussions in philosophy.

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    Douglas 08-22-16
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    "Well done, left me desiring to learn more"

    I liked the lecturer.
    The lecturer offered the subjects in ways to make you want learn more about the subjects presented.
    Well done.
    Went into enough detail to pull you in, but left you with enough uncovered to go after subjects that pique your interest and, also, not bore you when covering topics that don't inspire you.
    Thank you for the quality of this product.

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    "Great intro to modern and postmodern philosophy"
    Any additional comments?

    As someone who is interested in philosophy, but never had any training in this field, I utterly enjoyed listening to this Book. The instructor makes every lecture interesting by giving examples and explaining the ideas of different philosophers clearly. However, one should keep in mind that this is a dense course, it needs constant attention and focus and it cannot be compared with any other casual listening audiobook experience. The lectures on Hegel, Husserl, and Whitehead could have used more examples and clarifications.

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    Joseph 08-03-16
    Joseph 08-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Very well explained"

    Wonderful piece of philosophical explanation. This professor does the topic justice and you can tell he enjoys teaching and being a Philosopher.

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    Scott United States 06-03-16
    Scott United States 06-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    Where does The Modern Intellectual Tradition: From Descartes to Derrida rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best audio books/courses available for download. I was a little dubious at first, not only because of its cerebral content, but also due to its length (30+ hours), but each lecture is a digestible 20-30 minutes. Worked into a daily routine, it's thus relatively easy to complete the full course in a matter of weeks - think of your daily commute to work!


    What about Professor Lawrence Cahoone’s performance did you like?

    I've some familiarity with modern philosophy, but felt that there were many holes in my knowledge. Cahoone's concise and accessible style has greatly helped me fill these gaps. I'm still very impressed by how he balances eloquence of articulation with clarity. The use of everyday examples to illustrate abstract concepts is very helpful.


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    "The lecturer doesn't simplify "

    Cahoon is extremely knowledgeable, but his inability to explain this topic (which he knows very well) for non-experts makes him inappropriate for an audiobook on philosophy.

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