It's the very best. My audio library contains many books on philosophy with some historical non-fiction and science fiction sprinkled in. The energy w..Show More »ith which Sugrue approaches the subject is without measure. I return to this audio book time and time again. Sugrue penetrates each dialogue and dissects the characters Socrates confronts through Plato's words, and gives a deep and meaningful background on the Sophists and penetrating insight into how the Realm of the Forms runs into trouble. And he has a great time doing it!
This course focuses on the life of Socrates and the lives of his students and contemporaries. The story here provides a cultural and contextual backgr..Show More »ound for these major Greek thinkers, but unfortunately gets caught up in the details of ancient Greek social history without giving much attention to the tenets of the philosophy. Of course, some points of Socrates' teachings are necessarily described, but I found this course wasn't at all what I was looking for, and I found it rather boring.
It's refreshing to hear of Philosophy As Seeking Wisdom as opposed to Philosophy As Endless Semantic Quibbling. Johnson's lectures outline the moral t..Show More »hinking of several important philosophers while putting them in the context of their time and place. His reading is excellent.
The only complaint I have is that most of the individuals covered are Stoics. I would've liked to hear Johnson spend a lecture or two on Epicurus, or perhaps a famous Cynic like Diogenes.
Like many of the courses in this series, it lives up to its name. It is great. The professor is top notch, and even though I have completed graduate w..Show More »ork in philosophy I still learned a great deal. The learnings came from putting things in a larger perspective given this professor's immense background, and also learning A bit more about some of the thinkers with which I was already familiar.
The discussion of Plato's Republic reminds us all of what great a great didactic presentation sounds like. For those of us long-since removed from aca..Show More »demia, it makes us long for the type of interchanges we had with a golden few professors who "reached" us and made us want more. Though Professor Roochnik is not Lord Richard Attenborough, he is clearly an expert of the subject matter and is a superb teacher. The mysteries of The Republic (the definition of justice, the analogy of the cave, the divided line and the Myth of Er) are clearly elucidated. Enjoyable, informative and reflective.