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Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition (Audiobook)

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Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition (Audiobook)

Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition (Audiobook) By Professors Robert H. Kane, Kathleen Higgins and more
Publisher: The Teac.hing Company 2000 | 42 hours and 2 mins | ISBN: 1565853547 | MP3 | 621 MB


For 3,000 years, mankind has grappled with life's most fundamental questions. These are the crucial questions that thoughtful men and women have pondered since civilization began. The most brilliant minds in history focused on these questions—and their search for answers has left us an intellectual legacy of unsurpassed depth and richness. Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition is a comprehensive survey of the history of Western philosophy from its origins in classical Greece to the present. The course is an 84-lecture, 12-professor tour of Western philosophical tradition and covers more than 60 of history's greatest minds. This panoramic course is carefully designed and taught. Each lecture is given by a university scholar who is not only an expert in the topic but a gifted teacher, with classroom talents certified by teaching awards and top rankings from students. It took 3,000 years for the debate chronicled in these lectures to reach maturity. With this course, you can encompass it by the end of next month. The Western tradition is a blend of two outlooks that are characteristic of the ancient cities that generated them: Athens and Jerusalem. Western monotheism and its philosophical entailments—faith as an alternative to reason, mystic ecstasy, dogmatic scripturalism, and the assumed equality of all souls in the sight of God—ultimately derive from Jerusalem. Athens is the city of inquiry, hubris, and emancipation. The rationalism of Western culture, with its unprecedented control over nature, is a perennial element in Western philosophy, and it originates in Greece. Jerusalem supplies the mythos of the West and its holy text; Athens supplies the critical and self-critical spirit, which animates the Promethean and perhaps Faustian history of Western thought. In this course, you see the synthesis and tension between these two traditions over hundreds of years. Philosophy in the West has centered on two basic sets of issues. One: What is the world and what can we truly know about it (metaphysics and epistemology)? Two: How should we live (ethics, social and political theory, and existentialism)? You learn how different thinkers address these issues in dramatically different ways. Yet you also see that this variation is not random; entire philosophical epochs can be defined by shared approaches to these basic questions, despite a plethora of different solutions. The course is in seven parts. Each part covers a specific period in the history of philosophy. Each of the seven parts begins with an introductory lecture to orient you to the period and the philosophers and ideas you study in that part.

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