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  • A History of Western Philosophy | Bertrand Russell

    A History of Western Philosophy

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Bertrand Russell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
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    Bertrand Russell's A History of Western Philosophy serves as the perfect introduction to its subject; it remains unchallenged as the greatest account of the history of Western thought. Charting philosophy's course from the pre-Socratics up to the early twentieth century, Russell relates each philosopher and school to their respective historical and cultural contexts, providing erudite commentary throughout his invaluable survey.

    Gary says: "Works on all levels"
  • The Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition | The Great Courses

    The Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition

    • ORIGINAL (30 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Daniel N. Robinson
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    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.

    W. Morgan says: "Great overview with some degree of detail"
  • The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the Greater Philosophers | Will Durant

    The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the Greater Philosophers

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Will Durant
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    Durant lucidly describes the philosophical systems of such world-famous “monarchs of the mind” as Plato, Aristotle, Francis Bacon, Spinoza, Kant, Voltaire, and Nietzsche. Along with their ideas, he offers their flesh-and-blood biographies, placing their thoughts within their own time and place and elucidating their influence on our modern intellectual heritage. This book is packed with wisdom and wit.

    Jeff says: "AN ALL TIME FAVORITE"
  • Redefining Reality: The Intellectual Implications of Modern Science | The Great Courses

    Redefining Reality: The Intellectual Implications of Modern Science

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Steven Gimbel
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    No subject is bigger than reality itself, and nothing is more challenging to understand, since what counts as reality is undergoing continual revision and has been for centuries. The quest to pin down what's real and what's illusory is both philosophical and scientific, a metaphysical search for ultimate reality that goes back to the ancient Greeks. For the last 400 years, this search has been increasingly guided by scientists, who create theories and test them in order to define and redefine reality.

    Gary says: "Take this course instead of first year in college"
  • Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines | The Great Courses

    Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Patrick Grim
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    The quest to understand the mind has motivated some of history's most profound thinkers. But only in our own time are we beginning to see the true complexity of this quest, as today's philosophers draw on the latest evidence from neuroscience, psychology, artificial intelligence, linguistics, and other fields to probe deeply into the inner workings of the mind.

    Douglas says: "Stellar Course!"
  • The Modern Political Tradition: Hobbes to Habermas | The Great Courses

    The Modern Political Tradition: Hobbes to Habermas

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Lawrence Cahoone
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    Without even realizing it, we all use the fruits of political philosophy. From liberty to democracy to community, the terms and concepts originated by political philosophers are ingrained in our global consciousness. Yet many of us have an incomplete picture of how these ideas developed and, quite possibly, a skewed perception of their intentions and implications. This highly relevant course sheds light on the labyrinth of Western political and social theory, as well as its influence on modern history.

    Book says: "Too much Keyword Density"
  • Philosophy of Science | The Great Courses

    Philosophy of Science

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Jeffrey L. Kasser
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    What makes science science? Why is science so successful? How do we distinguish science from pseudoscience? This exciting inquiry into the vigorous debate over the nature of science covers important philosophers such as Karl Popper, W. V. Quine, Thomas Kuhn, Paul Feyerabend, Imre Lakatos, Carl Hempel, Nelson Goodman, and Bas van Fraassen.

    neilium says: "Dense, difficult subject presented well"
  • The Stolen Legacy: Greek Philosophy Is Stolen Egyptian Philosophy | George G. M. James

    The Stolen Legacy: Greek Philosophy Is Stolen Egyptian Philosophy

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By George G. M. James
    • Narrated By Anthony Stewart
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    In this classic work, Professor George G. M. James methodically shows how the Greeks first borrowed and then stole the knowledge from the Priests of the African (Egyptian) Mystery System. He shows how the most popular philosophers including Thales, Anaximander, Plato and Socrates were all treated as men bringing a foreign teaching to Greece. A teaching so foreign that they were persecuted for what they taught.

    Ronald says: "Compelling Information Poorly Read"
  • A Little History of Philosophy | Nigel Warburton

    A Little History of Philosophy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Nigel Warburton
    • Narrated By Kris Dyer
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    Philosophy begins with questions about the nature of reality and how we should live. These were the concerns of Socrates, who spent his days in the ancient Athenian marketplace asking awkward questions, disconcerting the people he met by showing them how little they genuinely understood. This engaging book introduces the great thinkers in Western philosophy and explores their most compelling ideas about the world and how best to live in it.

    Amazon Customer says: "Loved it. Succinct, humorous, digestible bits"
  • The Problems with Philosophy | Bertrand Russell

    The Problems with Philosophy

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bertrand Russell
    • Narrated By James Langton
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    The Problems of Philosophy discusses Bertrand Russell's views on philosophy and the problems that arise in the field. Russell's views focus on knowledge rather than the metaphysical realm of philosophy. The Problems with Philosophy revolves around the central question that Russell asks in his opening line of Chapter 1 - Is there any knowledge in the world which is so certain that no reasonable man could doubt it?

    aaron says: "Not a first foray into philosophy"
  • An Introduction to Greek Philosophy | The Great Courses

    An Introduction to Greek Philosophy

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor David Roochnik
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    More than 2,500 years later, the fundamental questions asked by the ancient Greeks continue to challenge, fascinate, and instruct us. Is reality stable and permanent or is it always changing? Are ethical values like justice and courage relative? What is justice? What is happiness? How shall we best live our lives?In this series of 24 lectures, Professor Roochnik invites you to join this eternal discussion.

    A. M. says: "Prof. Roochnik is a ROCK STAR!"
  • Argumentation: The Study of Effective Reasoning, 2nd Edition | The Great Courses,David Zarefsky

    Argumentation: The Study of Effective Reasoning, 2nd Edition

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, David Zarefsky
    • Narrated By Professor David Zarefsky
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    What is effective reasoning? And how can it be done persuasively? These questions have been asked for thousands of years, yet some of the best thinking on reasoning and argumentation is recent and represents a break from the past. These 24 engaging lectures teach you how to reason, how to persuade others that what you think is right, and how to judge and answer the arguments of others - and how they will judge yours.

    liam says: "If you are on the fence, Get it!"
  • 50 Philosophy Classics: Thinking, Being, Acting, Seeing, Profound Insights and Powerful Thinking From Fifty Key Books | Tom Butler-Bowdon

    50 Philosophy Classics: Thinking, Being, Acting, Seeing, Profound Insights and Powerful Thinking From Fifty Key Books

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Tom Butler-Bowdon
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
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    From Aristotle to Wittgenstein and Zizek, 50 Philosophy Classics provides a lively entry point to the field of philosophy. Analyses of key works by Descartes, Schopenhauer, Hegel, Heidegger, and Nietzsche also show how philosophy helped shape the thinking and events of the last 150 years.

  • No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life | The Great Courses

    No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert C. Solomon
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    What is life? What is my place in it? What choices do these questions obligate me to make? More than a half-century after it burst upon the intellectual scene - with roots that extend to the mid-19th century - Existentialism's quest to answer these most fundamental questions of individual responsibility, morality, and personal freedom, life has continued to exert a profound attraction.

    Madeleine says: "Wonderful Survey of the Evolution of a Philosophy"
  • Practical Philosophy: The Greco-Roman Moralists | The Great Courses,Luke Timothy Johnson

    Practical Philosophy: The Greco-Roman Moralists

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Luke Timothy Johnson
    • Narrated By Professor Luke Timothy Johnson
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    These 24 inspiring lectures introduce you to the sages who, as a group, represent the "missing page" of the history of philosophy. Although their names are sometimes familiar to us, as in the case of Cicero and Plutarch, their philosophy is not. Studying these thinkers offers some surprising ways to think about philosophy. This course offers ample opportunity to hear, in their own words, the philosophers' prescriptions for healthier living.

    Curdy says: "Wonderful introduction to practical philosophy"
  • Batman and Philosophy: The Dark Knight of the Soul | Mark D. White,Robert Arp

    Batman and Philosophy: The Dark Knight of the Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Mark D. White, Robert Arp
    • Narrated By Mark D. White
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    Combing through 70 years of comic books, television shows, and movies, Batman and Philosophy explores how the Dark Knight grapples with ethical conundrums, moral responsibility, his identity crisis, the moral weight he carries to avenge his murdered parents, and much more. How does this caped crusader measure up against the teachings of Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Kierkegaard, and Lao Tzu?

    Josiah says: "Its interesting but stretches a bit."
  • The Dream of Reason: A History of Philosophy from the Greeks to the Renaissance | Anthony Gottlieb

    The Dream of Reason: A History of Philosophy from the Greeks to the Renaissance

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anthony Gottlieb
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
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    In this landmark new study of Western thought, Anthony Gottlieb looks afresh at the writings of the great thinkers, questions much of conventional wisdom, and explains his findings with unbridled brilliance and clarity. After finishing The Dream of Reason, listeners will be graced with a fresh appreciation of the philosophical quest, its entertaining and bizarre byways, and its influence on every aspect of life.

    Amazon Customer says: "An in depth read."
  • The Modern Intellectual Tradition: From Descartes to Derrida | The Great Courses

    The Modern Intellectual Tradition: From Descartes to Derrida

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Lawrence Cahoone
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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.

    Carl says: "Outstanding summary of modern philosophy"
  • The Consolations of Philosophy | Alain de Botton

    The Consolations of Philosophy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Alain de Botton
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    Alain de Botton has performed a stunning feat: He has transformed arcane philosophy into something accessible and entertaining, useful and kind. Drawing on the work of six of the world's most brilliant thinkers, de Botton has arranged a panoply of wisdom to guide us through our most common problems.

    Austin says: "Cheering, empathic, helpful"
  • Quest for Meaning: Values, Ethics, and the Modern Experience | The Great Courses

    Quest for Meaning: Values, Ethics, and the Modern Experience

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert H. Kane
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    Is there an ethics that we can all agree on without stifling pluralism and freedom? What would such an ethics look like? Most important, how should you, as a thoughtful person, find your way among the moral puzzles of the modern world and its cacophony of voices and opinions? These are just some of the engaging and perplexing questions you'll tackle as you join Professor Kane for this thought-provoking, 24-lecture examination of the problems surrounding ethics in the modern world.

    "unknown" says: "Yes, Virginia, there is an objective truth."
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