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    • Books That Matter: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

    • By: Leo Damrosch, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Leo Damrosch
    • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 162
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 144
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 143

    Published in six volumes between 1776 and 1781, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire - for all its renown - can be intimidating....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Definitely Worth Your Time!

    • By Carol on 03-16-17

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Books that Matter: The Prince

    • By: William Landon, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: William Landon
    • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 289
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 259
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 258

    Niccolò Machiavelli's The Prince puts forth unsettling questions, whose answers redefined centuries of political wisdom. But what does it really mean to be Machiavellian? Find out....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent Context

    • By Ben Hutton on 01-09-18

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Books That Matter: The Analects of Confucius

    • By: Robert André LaFleur
    • Narrated by: Robert André LaFleur
    • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 144
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 130
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 129

    With these 24 accessible lectures, enjoy an adventurous exploration of one of the world's most important philosophical texts....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Weak content

    • By dean on 03-23-17

    Regular price: $34.95

    • The Big Questions of Philosophy

    • By: David K. Johnson, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: David K. Johnson
    • Length: 19 hrs and 2 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 814
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 733
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 720

    Join Plato, St. Anselm, Descartes, Locke, Hume, Kant, Mill, Smith, Marx, Rawls, and many others in an exploration of fundamental questions. Get ready to think big....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • No easy answers, just easy questions

    • By Gary on 03-17-16

    Regular price: $41.95

    • Redefining Reality

    • The Intellectual Implications of Modern Science
    • By: Steven Gimbel, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Steven Gimbel
    • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,608
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,353
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,319

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • mind = blown

    • By Bailey on 09-13-15

    Regular price: $59.95

    • Great Minds of the Medieval World

    • By: Dorsey Armstrong, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Dorsey Armstrong
    • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 149
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 138
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 133

    In these 24 lectures, Professor Armstrong leads you on an enthralling journey into the lives of the seminal thinkers of the Middle Ages....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Prof Armstrong at her best!!!

    • By BVerité on 08-13-14

    Regular price: $34.95

    • The Modern Political Tradition: Hobbes to Habermas

    • By: Lawrence Cahoone, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Lawrence Cahoone
    • Length: 18 hrs and 25 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 452
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 400
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 395

    Without even realizing it, we all use the fruits of political philosophy....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • An Excellent Survey of Western Political Thought

    • By Dana Garrett on 06-02-15

    Regular price: $41.95

    • Exploring Metaphysics

    • By: David K. Johnson, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: David K. Johnson
    • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 700
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 621
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 614

    This mind-bending tour of metaphysics applies philosophy to the forefront of today's knowledge....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Examine your existence in an incredible journey!

    • By Grant on 09-21-14

    Regular price: $34.95

    • The Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition

    • By: Daniel N. Robinson, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Daniel N. Robinson
    • Length: 30 hrs and 11 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,410
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,260
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,231

    While the lectures cover an enormous range of key thinkers and ideas, they always focus on the most important ideas....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Hard Review to Write

    • By Ark1836 on 11-20-15

    Regular price: $59.95

    • The Meaning of Life: Perspectives from the World's Great Intellectual Traditions

    • By: Jay L. Garfield, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Jay L. Garfield
    • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,010
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 904
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 895

    It offers a rigorous and wide-ranging exploration of what various spiritual, religious, and philosophical traditions from both the East and West have contributed....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thoughtful, Evenhanded, Precise, and Well Spoken

    • By George on 03-12-14

    Regular price: $41.95

    • Argumentation: The Study of Effective Reasoning, 2nd Edition

    • By: David Zarefsky, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: David Zarefsky
    • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 678
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 585
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 576

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • If you are on the fence, Get it!

    • By liam on 08-22-13

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Augustine: Philosopher and Saint

    • By: Phillip Cary, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Phillip Cary
    • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 198
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 174
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 168

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very thoughtful and well executed.

    • By Kevin Crabtree on 04-23-15

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Wisdom of History

    • By: J. Rufus Fears, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: J. Rufus Fears
    • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 268
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 250
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 246

    In this personal reflection on history, Professor Fears has taken on the challenge of extracting the past's lessons in ways that speak to us today....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • History in broad strokes

    • By Eric S. White on 10-22-16

    Regular price: $41.95

    • The Modern Intellectual Tradition: From Descartes to Derrida

    • By: Lawrence Cahoone, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Lawrence Cahoone
    • Length: 18 hrs and 45 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 598
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 529
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 522

    You'll explore the ideas behind modern philosophy's most important movements and thinkers....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Exceptional

    • By Occam's Toothbrush on 05-12-16

    Regular price: $41.95

    • No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life

    • By: Robert C. Solomon, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert C. Solomon
    • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,125
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 973
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 946

    More than a half-century after it burst upon the intellectual scene, Existentialism's quest to answer the most fundamental questions has continued to exert a profound attraction....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good for even a non-existentialist

    • By Gary on 07-24-15

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Tocqueville and the American Experiment

    • By: William R. Cook, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: William R. Cook
    • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73

    Over the course of 24 spirited lectures, Professor Cook leads you on an engaging and energetic discussion on Tocqueville....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great introduction to Tocqueville

    • By Lance on 11-14-13

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Natural Law and Human Nature

    • By: The Great Courses, Father Joseph Koterski S.J.
    • Narrated by: Father Joseph Koterski S.J.
    • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65

    Father Koterski asks whether modern evolutionary biology can claim to have discovered truths about human nature that render natural law theory unintelligible....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good except for the interpolations

    • By Dana Garrett on 03-13-18

    Regular price: $34.95

    • A History of Freedom

    • By: Rufus J. Fears, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Rufus J. Fears
    • Length: 18 hrs and 32 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 96
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92

    The concept of freedom has long been the driving force of Western civilization and may be the most influential intellectual force the world has ever known....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thoughtful, engaging tour

    • By Jared on 01-28-15

    Regular price: $41.95

    • Philosophy of Religion

    • By: James Hall, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: James Hall
    • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 82
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 76
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 74

    This provocative course will hold the attention of believers, skeptics, and agnostics alike. While your mind may not be changed, it will definitely be put to work....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Exceptional

    • By Michelle on 02-26-15

    Regular price: $41.95

    • The Will to Power: The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche

    • By: The Great Courses, Kathleen M. Higgins, Robert C. Solomon
    • Narrated by: Kathleen M. Higgins, Robert C. Solomon
    • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 902
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 796
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 773

    As you make your way through these lectures, you'll discover that Nietzsche, even at his most polemical and offensive, exudes an unmistakable enthusiasm and love of life....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Perfect entry point for understanding Nietzsche

    • By Charley Yeager on 03-09-15

    Regular price: $34.95

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