The Great Courses: Ancient Philosophy
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  • The Ethics of Aristotle | The Great Courses

    The Ethics of Aristotle

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Father Joseph Koterski S.J. Ph.D. St. Louis University

    In this 12-lecture meditation on Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, you'll uncover the clarity and ethical wisdom of one of humanity's greatest minds. Father Koterski shows how and why this great philosopher can help you deepen and improve your own thinking on questions of morality and leading the best life. The aim of these lectures is to provide you with a clear and thoughtful introduction to Aristotle as a moral philosopher.

    Standard class

    Not much was gained by this book, does provoke thoughts for future philosophy. Reading was good and flowed well

    Reviewed on October 27 2016 by Russell Granby ()
  • Plato, Socrates, and the Dialogues | The Great Courses

    Plato, Socrates, and the Dialogues

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Michael Sugrue Ph.D. Columbia University

    These 16 lectures bring the Socratic quest for truth alive and explore ideas that are as vital today as they were 25 centuries ago. Ideas about truth, justice, love, beauty, courage, and wisdom that can change lives and reveal the world in new ways. Here, you'll delve into the inner structure, action, and meaning of 17 of Plato's greatest dialogues, making these lectures an indispensable companion for anyone interested in philosophy in general or Platonic thought in particular.

    Informative and Inspiring

    I found these lectures to be both informative and inspiring. Professor Sugrue clearly has spent a lot of time and effort thinking about these Dialogue..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 26 2014 by Charlie (San Jose)
  • Greek Legacy: Classical Origins of the Modern World |  The Great Courses

    Greek Legacy: Classical Origins of the Modern World

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Daniel N. Robinson

    Virtually all of the major building blocks of our culture (law, government, religion, science, medicine, drama, architecture, and more) derived ultimately from the ancient Greeks. In these 12 lectures, you'll explore the continuing influence of the classical Greek achievement on contemporary life. The point is not the often tedious claim that there is nothing new under the sun. Rather, it is to underscore the remarkable continuity of the Greek perspective and ethos preserved over several millennia.


    Outstanding lecture series by one of the best out there, professor Daniel Robinson. A gifted and engaging speaker, this will appeal to anyone who lov..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 15 2016 by Richard Evans ()
  • Masters of Greek Thought: Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle | The Great Courses

    Masters of Greek Thought: Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert C. Bartlett Ph.D. Boston College

    For more than two millennia, philosophers have grappled with life's most profound and "eternal" questions. It is easy to forget, however, that these questions about fundamental issues like justice, injustice, virtue, vice, or happiness were not always eternal. They once had to be asked for the first time. This was a step that could place the inquirer beyond the boundaries of the law. And the Athenian citizen and philosopher who took that courageous step in the 5th century B.C. was Socrates.


    I bought this course to freshen up my knowledge, having spent a while away from the works of Plato (and never having spent much time reading Aristotle..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 18 2015 by Amazon Customer (Southport, CT)
  • Practical Philosophy: The Greco-Roman Moralists |  The Great Courses, Luke Timothy Johnson

    Practical Philosophy: The Greco-Roman Moralists

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Luke Timothy Johnson
    • Narrated By Professor Luke Timothy Johnson

    These 24 inspiring lectures introduce you to the sages who, as a group, represent the "missing page" of the history of philosophy. Although their names are sometimes familiar to us, as in the case of Cicero and Plutarch, their philosophy is not. Studying these thinkers offers some surprising ways to think about philosophy. This course offers ample opportunity to hear, in their own words, the philosophers' prescriptions for healthier living.

    Philosophy As Self-Improvement

    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 »

    Reviewed on March 29 2015 by Joshua (United States)
  • An Introduction to Greek Philosophy |  The Great Courses

    An Introduction to Greek Philosophy

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor David Roochnik

    More than 2,500 years later, the fundamental questions asked by the ancient Greeks continue to challenge, fascinate, and instruct us. Is reality stable and permanent or is it always changing? Are ethical values like justice and courage relative? What is justice? What is happiness? How shall we best live our lives?In this series of 24 lectures, Professor Roochnik invites you to join this eternal discussion.

    Prof. Roochnik is a ROCK STAR!
    Reviewed on August 23 2014 by A. M. (San Francisco, CA)
  • Plato's Republic | The Great Courses

    Plato's Republic

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor David Roochnik Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University

    More than 2,000 years later, Plato's Republic remains astonishingly relevant to our everyday lives. It poses one question after another that might well have been drawn from the headlines and debates of our nation's recent history: What sort of person should rule the state? Are all citizens equal before the law? Should everyone have equal access to health care? Plato's greater inquiry, however, was into the question of defining justice itself and the reasons why a person would choose a life aligned with that virtue.

    Simply Excellent

    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 »

    Reviewed on March 14 2014 by Ronald (Birmingham, AL, United States)