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The Great Ideas of Philosophy (The Great Courses on Tape, Volumes 1-5, a total of 30 tapes) Audio, Cassette – January 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: The Teaching Company (1997)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000ARBLP6
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.8 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #477,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By What4 on February 25, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Philosophy does not come easily to me, and this has been the most helpful introduction I've found. It's about the history of ideas, a basic map of a vast sweep of thought, giving you a way to anchor each of the thinkers and their concepts.

I've never found the interconnections among philosophers' thoughts so well explained as here. You get the sense that this is a long, intricate conversation about ultimate things.

Robinson is a truly fine explainer. He speaks like a man who had to figure out a lot, and he explains it clearly, vividly, and at times quite personally -- letting his bias show. As a speaker, he is outstanding. There were moments that brought a smile of admiration at how well he expressed something. And that's saying a lot.

On anything with so broad a sweep, Robinson is better at some topics than others, but no lecture was a disappointment to me.

I've read and listened to a number of more specialized, better trained authors, and, to my mind, Robinson is better. He is not speaking as an expert to other experts, but as a broadly educated thinker to others with real curiosity about the topic. I consider it the best introduction to philosophy I've seen yet -- though, for creative delight, I'd also recommend "Sophie's World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By baylou555 on December 29, 2010
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This course provided a great overview and was easy to follow. Robinson explained everything in simple terms and used multiple, concrete examples to impress a point. Would certainly recommend to anyone who wishes for a survey of philosphical ideas.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 12, 2011
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Professor Robinson has here the best Philosophy Class that I cam imagine.

Complete, well, well researched and as simple as possible.

I strongly recommend this material.

CGB
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul on February 26, 2011
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I have listened to all but part 5 of the series. I think the lectures are VERY helpful in understanding the "thread" of philosophy from the Greeks to today and why this subject, philosophy, has been important to so many individuals (Plato, Kant, Thomas Aquinas) and societies for thousand of years.
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