The Great Courses: Medieval & Religious Philosophy
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  • Augustine: Philosopher and Saint | The Great Courses

    Augustine: Philosopher and Saint

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Phillip Cary
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    These 12 illuminating lectures paint a rich and detailed portrait of the life, works, and ideas of this remarkable figure, whose own search for God has profoundly shaped all of Western Christianity. You'll learn what Augustine taught and why he taught it – and how those teachings and doctrines helped shape the Roman Catholic Church. These lectures are rewarding even if you have no background at all in classical philosophy or Christian theology.

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  • Natural Law and Human Nature | The Great Courses

    Natural Law and Human Nature

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Father Joseph Koterski, S.J.
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    Natural law is the idea that there is an objective moral order, grounded in essential humanity, that holds universal and permanent implications for the ways we should conduct ourselves as free and responsible human beings.These 24 in-depth lectures consider the arguments for natural law, the serious objections that have been raised against it, and the ways, despite all overt criticisms, it remains a vital and even pervasive force in political, moral, and social life today, even while traveling under another name.

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  • Reason & Faith: Philosophy in the Middle Ages | The Great Courses

    Reason & Faith: Philosophy in the Middle Ages

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Thomas Williams
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    Today we tend to separate questions of logic from questions of belief, philosophy from religion, reason from faith. But for 1,000 years during a pivotal era of Western thought, reason and faith went hand-in-hand in the search for answers to the most profound issues investigated by Christianity's most committed scholars.

    Professor Williams Blends Reason with History

    Organized, factual and informative.

    Reviewed on December 21 2014 by Mike (GRAND PRAIRIE, TX, United States)
  • Skeptics and Believers: Religious Debate in the Western Intellectual Tradition | The Great Courses

    Skeptics and Believers: Religious Debate in the Western Intellectual Tradition

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Tyler Roberts
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    Beginning in the 16th century, the Protestant Reformation and the Scientific Revolution began to erode the position of authority. As a result, new philosophers began constructing a universal rationality independent of faith. This schism fundamentally changed the course of Western civilization, and it has had consequences that remain with us to this day. This 36-lecture journey will help you understand exactly what the debate has been and will continue to be about.

    Light on skeptics, heavy on believers

    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 »

    Reviewed on December 27 2013 by Walter (Shoreview, MN, United States)
  • Philosophy of Religion | The Great Courses

    Philosophy of Religion

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor James Hall
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    These 36 intellectually challenging yet remarkably clear lectures take you on an intellectual journey to explore the questions of divine existence, not from the standpoint of theology, but as an issue of epistemology, the classic branch of philosophy that concerns itself with knowledge theory: how we can know things and how we can know we know them.If you enjoy wrapping your mind around questions for which every potential answer triggers a new set of questions and issues, you will find this course particularly enjoyable, regardless of whether you define yourself as a believer, an atheist, or an agnostic.

    Slow...Often Irrelevant...Incomplete

    I have always loved the Learning Company's courses, but this one did not work for me. The focus of the course is a philosophical evaluation of monothe..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 11 2014 by T. VanPool (New Mexico, USA)