Reason & Faith: Philosophy in the Middle Ages (The Great Courses)

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Are philosophy and religion—reason and faith—fundamentally at odds? From today’s strict division between questions of logic and questions of belief, one might think so. But for 1,000 years during a pivotal era of Western thought, reason and faith went hand-in-hand in the search for answers to the most profound issues investigated by Christianity’s most committed […]

Rights of Man: Great Thinkers and Great Movements (The Great Courses)

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We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. These stirring words are from the Declaration of Independence, one of the founding documents of the United States and a […]

Tools of Thinking: Understanding the World Through Experience and Reason (The Great Courses)

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What is the best way to prove a case, create a rule, solve a problem, justify an idea, invent a hypothesis, or evaluate an argument? In other words, what is the best way to think? Everyone has to think in order to function in the world, and this course will equip you with the tools […]

Literary Modernism: The Struggle for Modern History (The Great Courses)

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“It is no trick to like what you like. It is no trick to understand what you understand.” With that pronouncement, Professor Jeffrey Perl invites us to abandon our preconceptions and consider some of the most controversial authors of the 20th century: the Literary Modernists. Who were the Literary Modernists? How did the “Classical Modernism” […]

European Thought and Culture in the 19th Century (The Great Courses)

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This course is an opportunity to explore the major thinkers and historic challenges that shaped the mind of Europe in the 19th century. Intellectual history emphasizes the exchanges of ideas and debates that went on among people from other places and times. But it also stresses the importance of a continuing dialogue between the present […]

European Thought and Culture in the 20th Century (The Great Courses)

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Who were the great thinkers of the 20th Century? They were poets and painters, novelists and scientists, philosophers and playwrights. Their ideas and debates decisively shaped 20th-century European culture and still define our world today. Now with this sequel to his series on European Thought and Culture in the 19th Century, Professor Lloyd Kramer introduces […]

Quest for Meaning: Values, Ethics, and the Modern Experience (The Great Courses)

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What are true human values? What is worthy of our highest honor and love? What purposes should order our existence? Is there any objective way to tell right from wrong? If life indeed has a meaning, can it be known and stated? What form would that knowledge and statement take? These are fundamental questions. And […]

Philosophy as a Guide to Living (The Great Courses)

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Is there meaning in human life? All of us have asked ourselves this question. But for philosophers through the ages, it was the first question of many, for they needed to know whether such a question was even answerable by philosophy. And if it was, they needed to ask whether any positive answer could be […]

Power over People: Classical and Modern Political Theory (The Great Courses)

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Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Marx, Gandhi—these exceptional thinkers sculpted, piece by piece, Western political thought from its inception in 5th-century (B.C.) Athens.In so doing, they grappled with such imposing questions as: What is the correct relationship of the individual to society? What is the connection between individual freedom and social and political authority? Are human […]

History of Freedom (The Great Courses)

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It can be argued that one simple idea—the concept of freedom—has been the driving force of Western civilization and may be the most influential intellectual force the world has ever known. But what is freedom, exactly? Join historian and classical scholar J. Rufus Fears as he tells freedom’s dramatic story from ancient Greece to our […]