- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 30 hours and 11 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Original recording
- Publisher: The Great Courses
- Audible.com Release Date: July 8, 2013
- Language: English, English
- ASIN: B00DTO51JY
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The Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition Audible Audiobook – Original recording
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It is always difficult to create any basic introductory course/book on the western philosophy. There have been so many great philosophers and ideas that such a work will always appear lacking. Yet, more than one author have been able to do the seemingly impossible. This course is not one of them.
The main problem is that of wrong balance. The professor ends up spending too much time on the history of the philosopher and background concerning his key ideas that he almost always have little time left to discuss even the basic nuances of the ideas themselves. The ten chapters on various philosophical subject fields too turn out highly perfunctory, possibly in the quest to keep things as simple as possible.
This reviewer likes reading/listening to the basic philosophy books every so often to ponder over the key issues with the aid of what the great have discussed. In my decades of doing this, I have always been hit with multiple serious thoughts/insights while going through the otherwise not new material. Sadly, this was not the case here.
After listening to just the first several lectures so far, it's obvious to me already that this is a great series. The lectures are concise, clear, eloquent, and delivered with deep knowledge, insight and passion. Excellent.
I'm looking forward to listening to the rest of this, which I will do immediately. I love it so far.
I've seen a couple negative reviews here that seem very off base to me, so I wanted to get another good review here, so people won't be misled IMHO.
I finished most of the series - skipped over a few "minor" lectures - some of the Roman philosophers, the lecture on witchcraft. A very good series. I recommend it. Sometimes a bit like drinking from a firehose, but I recommend it as an introduction.