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  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 5 hours and 4 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Original recording
  • Publisher: Recorded Books
  • Audible.com Release Date: June 5, 2012
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00890IVR2
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If you recognize the tremendous value of the history of philosophy--ancient to contemporary--for understanding life's most important questions, I think you'll find Dr. Kreeft's "The Platonic Tradition" incredibly exhilarating. Like all good teachers, Dr. Kreeft clearly identifies and explains a big-idea of the subject at hand, in the case of the history of philosophy, namely, the centrality of metaphysics--an understanding of reality.

Especially if you've found the history of philosophy to be an incoherent cacophony of very smart people talking about very abstruse ideas, I think you'll find the thread, the string of the Platonic tradition very clarifying.

Although he without a doubt argues that Plato's "theory of forms" positively contributed to a metaphysics that holds that "there are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy" throughout the history of philosophy, Kreeft from the start and continuously states that Plato's philosophy needed to be added to and/or corrected, as was done by Aristotle and St. Augustine, as is done in every science: conceptual, social, behavioral, or physical.

For the theist, who argues with Hamlet that reality is more, not less, than is in our philosophies, Kreeft convincingly explains that modern and contemporary philosophical views that are predominantly reductionistic, views that hold to "nothing-buttery," views that would tell Horatio that there is less in his philosophy are the logical offspring of the total repudiation of Plato's "theory of forms." And, I don't think that Kreeft's claim that William of Ockham's nominalism's impetus to reductionism is errant or over-stated.

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Professor Kreeft does not doubt that the Platonic tradition encapsulates the wisdom of the ages, and provides the path to truth and goodness. To him, our foolish culture has been victimized by self-hating philosophers with chronic incapacity to bring to bear their (anti-Platonic)tools of skepticism upon their own critiques of Platonism.
The good thing about these lectures is that they are sincere and deeply felt, and provide a sharp contrast to the triumphalist narrative of philosophic history. He has a comically overblown take on William of Ockham as the first culprit for philosophy's deviations into hopeless error. Admirers of Christian thinkers like C.S. Lewis and J.R. Tolkien will find Professor Kreeft wonderfully simpatico.
The flaw in these lectures is that they do not seriously consider the inadequacies of Platonism, and ignore the many ways in which Platonism can be, and has been, used as a tool for irrational domination of all kinds.
I listened to the four disk Modern Scholar edition published by Recorded Books, and I believe that those eight lectures are the ones contained on this Audible Books product.
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