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The Modern Scholar: Ethics: A History of Moral Thought | [Peter Kreeft]

The Modern Scholar: Ethics: A History of Moral Thought

This course addresses some of the eternal questions that man has grappled with since the beginning of time. What is good? What is bad? Why is justice important? Why is it better to be good and just than it is to be bad and unjust? Most human beings have the faculty to discern between right and wrong, good and bad behavior, and to make judgments over what is just and what is unjust. But why are ethics important to us?
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This course addresses some of the eternal questions that man has grappled with since the beginning of time. What is good? What is bad? Why is justice important? Why is it better to be good and just than it is to be bad and unjust?

Most human beings have the faculty to discern between right and wrong, good and bad behavior, and to make judgments over what is just and what is unjust. But why are ethics important to us?

This course looks at our history as ethical beings. We'll travel into the very heart of mankind's greatest philosophical dilemmas - to the origins of our moral values and the problem of ethics. Are ethics universal, absolute and unchanging - or are they culturally relative, changing, and man-made? Furthermore, we'll delve into the creation of ethical systems - not just for ourselves, but also for society at large. And we will consider the ongoing process of establishing ethical frameworks for society.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2004 Peter Kreeft (P)2004 Recorded Books

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    Carlos Cortés Bay Area, California 07-03-12
    Carlos Cortés Bay Area, California 07-03-12 Member Since 2014
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    What did you love best about The Modern Scholar?

    Very digestible presentation. Does a reasonable job of presenting ancient philosophers' views, then separately asserting his opinions.


    What does Peter Kreeft bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He read's well for a content author, so the emphasis is perfect. Philosophy is particularly awkward when read by the average author.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Poulin 12-13-08
    Tim Poulin 12-13-08 Member Since 2014
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    "Good approach but tainted by personal bias"

    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.

    37 of 90 people found this review helpful
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    Khin Perth, Australia 09-21-10
    Khin Perth, Australia 09-21-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Gave it a chance despite bad reviews..."

    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.

    10 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 06-12-11
    Thomas Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 06-12-11 Member Since 2007
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    "A biased overview and history"

    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.

    7 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Jahn-Takeshi MaastrichtNetherlands 11-27-09
    Jahn-Takeshi MaastrichtNetherlands 11-27-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Religously biased"

    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.

    11 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    manaf 07-04-12
    manaf 07-04-12 Member Since 2014

    I am a plastic surgeon by profession A father by heart A trader by choice A teacher by passion A child by curiosity

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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Modern Scholar to be better than the print version?

    I don't have time to read the Print version


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    very insightful look into the subject


    What about Peter Kreeft’s performance did you like?

    simple and organized


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    charles ann arbor, mi, United States 01-24-12
    charles ann arbor, mi, United States 01-24-12
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    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.

    4 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Lacey, WA, United States 03-23-11
    Michael Lacey, WA, United States 03-23-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Good philosophy, poor audio"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Craig 03-01-10
    Craig 03-01-10
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    "What lifes all about"

    I really benefited from this program. It took about three listens before the material really sank it but each listen was enjoyable. When my daughter asked for a bedtime story I told her about Socrates' piety for the oracle Kant's Categorical emperatives. Good stuff I tell ya!!! Thank you Peter Kreeft.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Somerville, MA, United States 01-25-12
    Anthony Somerville, MA, United States 01-25-12 Member Since 2015
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    I'm surprised that the Modern Scholar would choose such a biased individual for a lecture regarding ethics. They should of at least added a line about who was giving the lecture. A self described


    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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