Greek Philosophy 101: Surprising Insights from Ancient Wisdom

Podcast-style audio course - 15 Topics
Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
Yale University
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Greek Philosophy 101: Surprising Insights from Ancient Wisdom

Podcast-style audio course - 15 Topics
Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
Yale University
Audio Download + Subscription
$0.00
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Join a Yale-educated philosopher to discover how ancient Greek philosophy—or “love of wisdom”—forms powerful bridges between East and West as well as past and present.

In this provocative audio course, celebrated philosopher and scholar Samuel Loncar sets Greek philosophy in its historical context, showing how philosophy was not just an intellectual pursuit but a way of life integrating the mind, body, and cosmos.

Greek philosophy is the foundation of Western civilization, but it is rooted in the wisdom of African and Near Eastern philosophy. These 15 illuminating lectures explore how ancient Greek philosophers saw themselves as members of a multicultural tradition and project that could heal political strife and help humans find peace.

You’ll gain unexpected insights from the most well-known names in Greek philosophy, including Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. You’ll journey through the diverse thoughts and ideas that form the basis of Western civilization and find answers to some of culture’s most significant questions: What is the connection between Easte

Join a Yale-educated philosopher to discover how ancient Greek philosophy—or “love of wisdom”—forms powerful bridges between East and West as well as past and present.

In this provocative audio course, celebrated philosopher and scholar Samuel Loncar sets Greek philosophy in its historical context, showing how philosophy was not just an intellectual pursuit but a way of life integrating the mind, body, and cosmos.

Greek philosophy is the foundation of Western civilization, but it is rooted in the wisdom of African and Near Eastern philosophy. These 15 illuminating lectures explore how ancient Greek philosophers saw themselves as members of a multicultural tradition and project that could heal political strife and help humans find peace.

You’ll gain unexpected insights from the most well-known names in Greek philosophy, including Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. You’ll journey through the diverse thoughts and ideas that form the basis of Western civilization and find answers to some of culture’s most significant questions: What is the connection between Eastern and Western philosophical traditions? Do we have souls, and should we be concerned about them? What can philosophy offer me in my daily pursuit of peace and contentment?

At the conclusion of this course, you will have an excellent overview of the essential foundations of Western philosophy and understand how these ancient ways can help you live well in the modern world.

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Samuel Loncar is a philosopher and scholar who specializes in the history of philosophy and religious thought. His work focuses on the ancient-modern continuum, the German tradition, and the relationship between science, technology, and religion. He earned his Ph.D. at Yale University, where he has also taught. A sought-after consultant and speaker, Dr. Loncar is also editor of the Marginalia Review of Books. He has published scholarly articles on Kierkegaard, Kant, and German Idealism, and is currently completing his book, Philosophy as Religion: From Plato to Posthumanism.

Praise for Samuel Loncar

“Samuel Loncar is smart and persuasive and a joy to listen to. His writing is both lively and profound. And his erudition is so contagious that it makes you want to drop everything and rush to the closest library.”  – Costica Bradatan, Religion and Comparative Studies Editor, Los Angeles Review of Books

  • What is Greek Philosophy, and Why Does It Matter?
  • The Cultural Context: Homer, Hesiod, and the Search for Order
  • The Presocratics and the Birth of the Cosmos
  • Empire and Crisis: The Sophists, the Physicists, and Socrates
  • PlatoÕs Apology: Socrates on Trial
  • PlatoÕs Crito: What We Owe the State
  • Conquering Death: Philosophy and Purification in the Phaedo
  • The Soul, the City, and the Cosmos: The Republic, I
  • Philosopher Kings: The Republic, II
  • Between Time and Eternity: A Synthesis of Platonic Thought
  • AristotleÕs System: An Overview
  • AristotleÕs Four Causes: Nature, Physics, and Explanation
  • Aristotle on the Good Life
  • The Life of Nous: Mind and God in Aristotle
  • Aftermath: Hellenistic Philosophy and the Platonic Legacy

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