I'm in the process of committing 200 hours this year to studying philosophy. I have listened to many other great courses philosophy series and fo..Show More »und them enlightening. I wasn't expecting much in particular from this particular course but the contributions this man made to western thought simply cannot be ignored. many of these ideas are still alive and well in both contemporary religious and secular thought. well done, teaching company. and a great value, as well.
If you want a history of the debate between skeptics and believers told essentially from the believers' point of view, this lecture series does a good..Show More » job. My impression is that Professor Roberts includes just enough of the skeptics to show how they affected the arguments of the believers. But if you're looking for a robust summation of Hume, Nietzsche, Marx, Freud, etc. presented with an emphasis equal to that given the other side, this is not it. In fact, I'd say it's at best 1/3 skeptics and 2/3 believers.
At the very least, the title of the series is misleading. It might have more appropriately been something like: "Religious Debates in the Western Intellectual Tradition: The Response of Believers to their Critics." But then, I would not have purchased it.
This is a unique piece of work: A work that analyses religion on its own terms, using philosophy to explain the strengths and weaknesses of each gener..Show More »al argument without trying to spoon feed you what to accept and what to reject. Listen, think and make your own conclusion.