Grasp the important ideas that have served as the backbone of philosophy across the ages with this extraordinary 60-lecture series. This is your opportunity to explore the enormous range of philosophical perspectives and ponder the most important and enduring of human questions - without spending your life poring over dense philosophical texts.
Professor Robinson guides you through more than 2,000 years of philosophical thinking and gives you a coherent, comprehensive, and beautifully articulated introduction to the great conversation of philosophy. Every lecture contains substance that can change your view of the world and its history.
You'll journey from the early philosophical ideas of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle; chart the origins of Christian philosophy and investigate the Islamic scholars who preserved and extended Greek thought during the Middle Ages; and venture through Enlightenment contributions to philosophy, from Francis Bacon to Locke, Hume, Kant, Mill, and Adam Smith.
Then shift your attention to the modern era, where you see groundbreaking ideas like psychoanalysis, pragmatism, and nihilism, as well as the collision between the inherently social understanding of meaning created by Wittgenstein, the vastly different estimation of human thought developed by the code-breaking genius Alan Turing, and the subtle response to him made by the American philosopher John Searle.
While the lectures cover an enormous range of key thinkers and ideas, they always focus on the most important ideas. The result is a course that gives you everything you need to finally grasp humanity's exciting philosophical history - without years of intense academic study and piles of dense reading.
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Fred S. Davis
Best course ever! 30 hours of nonstop brilliance. I only wish I'd been able to attend these lectures in person.
Loved it! A fantastic look at how ideas have changed over time and the role of philosophy in understanding the world around us.
Geopolitics, history, and philosophy junkie. I love smoothly flowing prose that moves me effortlessly from one idea to the next.
60 Lectures: not all equal in substance but certainly equal in quality. Prof. Robinson is subperb at the art of lecture. The material wasn't always great. The depth of the subject matter was lacking in some situations. I would recommend listening to this after fully investigating your subjects first. This will help remind you and round things out.
Professor Robinson has a strong clear voice and a discerning and sometimes biting wit, but always his passion for this venerable subject shines through. Great job Professor Daniels.
I feel like most of the content was interesting, and think that the survey of the material was at a reasonable level. But considering other excellent options from the Great Courses series, I can't recommend it. The pace that the instructor talks at is painfully slow, I had to turn it up to 2x just to put it a normal conversational speed. I also felt that there was too much moralizing and commentary on the different ideas. However, I think its fair that in many cases he speaks as if he is taking the view point of the philosophers he's discussing, and its just a simple outcome that we moderns would disagree with many older philosophical ideas and arguments.
It would also have been very easy to include "Great Ideas" in philosophy that did not come solely from Greece or Western Europe. The series starts off with a reference to the Upanishads, but that's the last time you'll hear from a non-Western source.
Entertaining, Delightful and Insightful
Its fluidity and cohesion made the story flow, while not leaving too distant of a historical gap between events.
I enjoyed the scene on a happy death with Kleobis and Biton.
His whole section on Aristotle is particularly good
If you are thinking whether to buy this course or not, just go ahead and buy it.I don't understand why anyone would give this a bad rating. Extremely intelligent and engaging narrator and extremely interesting material. this course is a must.
Great courses: yes. I'll avoid dr Robinson, however. He was difficult to listen to.
The title is misleading. It should be something like: Western European thought leaders.
He was slow and did not hold my attention.
I'm not saying it was awful, it was just not for me. According to this course no one out side of westerns had any thoughts on life worth covering. The 5 min devoted to the Middle East was to say that they were nothing more than stewards of the great ideas of Western Europe during the Middle Ages. Other than that: no contributions.
The lack of attention to other cultures is at least one sided, but could be addressed in a better title. the way the Middle East was covered, however just seemed inappropriate, and insulting.
Yes, it's mind-blowing. This book encompasses a huge amount of deep and difficult philosophical material, but in such a way that the listener doesn't get bogged down or intimidated. At the same time, it allows the listener to experience the same epiphanies one experiences reading some of these great ideas first-hand.
Robinson's lectures are truly an art form. Philosophy is hard to do strictly from an audio format, but Robinson makes it a total pleasure.
This has been the most deeply fulfilling audible purchase I have listened to.
It's a significant time commitment, but do not be deterred by this.
There is much to say, but to borrow from Protagoras, given the "shortness of human life" I'll just say that for anyone interested in the story of who we are, and how we've come to be this way, this belongs in your library.
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