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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 14 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 182
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 162
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 162

    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 329
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 295
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 294

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Dazzling

    • By 77Tango on 03-21-17

    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 166
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 150
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 148

    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 914
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 825
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 813

    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 2,850
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,578
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,542

    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 167
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 153
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 149

    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 24 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 497
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 439
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 434

    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 766
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 683
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 676

    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 1,687
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,518
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,487

    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 42 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,139
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,023
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,011

    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 773
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 668
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 657

    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 221
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 195
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 189

    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 18 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 322
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 299
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 295

    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....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A great performance on the myth of history

    • By Jason on 04-13-15

    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 46 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 675
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 598
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 589

    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 1,294
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,132
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,104

    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 93
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80

    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 85
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73

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

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very Fair on Subject

    • By John on 03-10-18

    Regular price: $34.95

    • A History of Freedom

    • By: Rufus J. Fears, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Rufus J. Fears
    • Length: 18 hrs and 33 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 120
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 109

    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
    • Fantastic listen

    • By Tom on 02-13-17

    Regular price: $41.95

    • Philosophy of Religion

    • By: James Hall, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: James Hall
    • Length: 18 hrs and 17 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 91
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 82

    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 17 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,060
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 935
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 913

    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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