Ethics of Aristotle (The Great Courses)

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What is happiness? What is moral excellence? How can you attain them? Can either be taught? For more than 2,000 years, thoughtful people have been turning to Aristotle (384–322 B.C.) to help them find answers to questions like these. In this meditation on Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, an award-winning teacher shows you the clarity and ethical […]

St. Augustine’s Confessions (The Great Courses)

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p>In St. Augustine’s Confessions , Professors William R. Cook and Ronald B. Herzman lead a chapter-by-chapter—or, in Augustine’s terms, “book-by-book”—analysis of one of history’s most significant literary works. Written in the 4th century C.E., the Confessions is an opportunity to explore, in one book, questions that have been addressed in many books—by the likes of […]

The Greatest Controversies of Early Christian History (The Great Courses)

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Christianity has arguably been the most important force in the history of Western civilization. Whether we view it in religious, social, political, or economic terms, Christianity has deeply and integrally influenced the Western worldview and way of life, as well as our most basic notions of selfhood, morality, and ethics. Without the presence and role […]

Great World Religions: Judaism (The Great Courses)

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What is the essence of Judaism? Is it the Ten Commandments, given by God to Israel at Mount Sinai? Or is it the totality of teachings in the Hebrew Bible? Or is it symbolized by something outside the Bible? However Judaism is defined, the beliefs, practices, attitudes, and institutions of Jews through the ages display […]

Great World Religions: Buddhism (The Great Courses)

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Buddhism challenges some of the most important Western ideas about God, human life, and the self. In Buddhism there is no single almighty God who created the world. Instead, Buddhism teaches that all of life is suffering, and there is no permanent self. And it teaches that in accepting that all life is bliss can […]

Religions of the Axial Age: An Approach to the World’s Religions (The Great Courses)

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What could the beliefs and traditions of a Zoroastrian, a person of Jewish faith, a Buddhist, a follower of Confucius, or a Christian have in common? How do religions evolve over time? This course offers a rare opportunity to relate your own spiritual questions to a variety of ancient quests for meaning and transcendence. In […]

Augustine: Philosopher and Saint (The Great Courses)

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Long before he was declared a saint by the Church, Augustine gained profound influence as both a Church Father and a Christian Platonist philosopher—defending the doctrine of the Trinity, defining the epochal idea of religious grace, delving into the inner relationship between God and soul, and much more. Today, according to Professor Phillip Cary, Augustine […]

Great World Religions: Hinduism (The Great Courses)

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Terms we associate with Hinduism—”Hinduism,” “religion,” and “India”—are all Western labels, terms that for most of history did not accurately reflect the thinking of those who practice this ancient faith. In fact, one of the primary themes of Professor Mark W. Muesse’s lectures is the difficulty of studying Hinduism without imposing Western perceptions on it. […]

Iliad of Homer (The Great Courses)

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When John Keats first read Chapman’s translation of the epics of “deep-brow’d Homer,” he was so overwhelmed, so overcome with the joy of discovery, that he compared his experience to finding “a new planet.” When you join Professor Elizabeth Vandiver for these lectures on the Iliad, you come to understand what enthralled Keats and has […]

Odyssey of Homer (The Great Courses)

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Keats compared discovering Homer to “finding a new planet.” What is it in Homer’s great works—and especially the Odyssey—that so enthralled him? Why have readers before and since reacted the same way? By joining award-winning classics professor Elizabeth Vandiver for these lectures on the Odyssey, you can get answers to these and hundreds of other […]