The Great Courses: Ancient Philosophy

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The Ethics of Aristotle Publisher's Summary

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. After absorbing some important background information designed to introduce you to Aristotle's career and general approach to the various fields of knowledge, you turn to the ten books (today we would call them chapters) of this brief but towering work. Throughout, you'll consider Aristotle's account of the four main virtues of courage, moderation, justice, and prudence; his claims that happiness (eudaimonia) is the real goal of life; his explanations of how and why people attain- or fall short of- ethical excellence; his differences with his teachers Plato and Socrates over the hard question of what knowing rightly has to do with acting rightly; where Aristotle's thought fits into the long history of ethical reflection; and much more.

Prepare for an illuminating, mind-broadening, and thought-provoking learning experience, and a chance to get up close and personal with one of Western philosophy's founding fathers.

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    • The Ethics of Aristotle

    • By: The Great Courses, Father Joseph Koterski S.J.
    • Narrated by: Father Joseph Koterski S.J.
    • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
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    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.

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    • By Russell Granby on 10-27-16

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    • Plato, Socrates, and the Dialogues

    • By: Michael Sugrue, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Michael Sugrue
    • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
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    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.

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    • By ADRIAN on 02-03-14

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    • Greek Legacy: Classical Origins of the Modern World

    • By: Daniel N. Robinson, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Daniel N. Robinson
    • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
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    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.

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    • By Richard Evans on 07-15-16

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    • Masters of Greek Thought: Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle

    • By: Robert C. Bartlett, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert C. Bartlett
    • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
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    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.

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    • By Amazon Customer on 02-18-15

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    • Practical Philosophy: The Greco-Roman Moralists

    • By: Luke Timothy Johnson, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Luke Timothy Johnson
    • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
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    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.

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    • Philosophy As Self-Improvement

    • By Joshua on 03-29-15

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    • An Introduction to Greek Philosophy

    • By: David Roochnik, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: David Roochnik
    • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
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    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.

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    • By A. M. on 08-23-14

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    • Plato's Republic

    • By: The Great Courses, David Roochnik
    • Narrated by: Professor David Roochnik Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University
    • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
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    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.

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    • By Ronald on 03-14-14

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