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    • Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition

    • By: The Great Courses, Alan Charles Kors, Darren Staloff, and others
    • Narrated by: Alan Charles Kors, Darren Staloff, Dennis Dalton, and others
    • Length: 43 hrs and 43 mins
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    For 3,000 years, mankind has grappled with fundamental questions about life. What is real? Who or what is God? When is it legitimate for one person to have power over others? What is justice? Beauty? This 84-lecture, 12-professor tour of Western philosophical tradition covers more than 60 of history's greatest minds and brings you a comprehensive survey of the history of Western philosophy from its origins in classical Greece to the present.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A high-quality, college course without text or ref

    • By Amazon Customer on 02-28-15

    Regular price: $59.95

    • The Birth of the Modern Mind: The Intellectual History of the 17th and 18th Centuries

    • By: Alan Charles Kors, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Alan Charles Kors
    • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
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    Revolutions in thought (as opposed to those in politics or science) are in many ways the most far-reaching of all. They affect how we grant legitimacy to authority, define what is possible, create standards of right and wrong, and even view the potential of human life. Between 1600 and 1800, such a revolution of the intellect seized Europe, shaking the minds of the continent as few things before or since. What we now know as the Enlightenment challenged previously accepted ways of understanding reality, bringing about modern science, representative democracy, and a wave of wars, sparking what Professor Kors calls "perhaps the most profound transformation of European, if not human, life." In this series of 24 insightful lectures, you'll explore the astonishing conceptual and cultural revolution of the Enlightenment. You'll witness in its tumultuous history the birth of modern thought in the dilemmas, debates, and extraordinary works of the 17th- and 18th-century mind, as wielded by the likes of thinkers like Bacon, Descartes, Hobbes, Pascal, Newton, Locke, Hume, Voltaire, Diderot, and Rousseau.And you'll understand why educated Europeans came to believe that they had a new understanding-of thought and the human mind, of method, of nature, and of the uses of knowledge-with which they could come to know the world correctly for the first time in human history, and with which they could rewrite the possibilities of human life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Astonishingly engaging

    • By Maura on 01-28-16

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Voltaire and the Triumph of the Enlightenment

    • By: Alan Charles Kors, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Alan Charles Kors
    • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
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    Discover why intellectuals and historians alike consider Voltaire to be one of the most intriguing, influential, and elusive thinkers of the modern world. Focusing on the deepest, most enduring aspects of Voltaire's work and thought, but never losing sight of the colorful, fascinating man himself, these 12 lectures sketch for you a vibrant, thought-provoking vision of Voltaire as "the father of the Enlightenment" and one of the great literary personalities of all time.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enlightenment ideas still relevant today

    • By EmilyK on 03-26-15

    Regular price: $14.95