Philosophy 101: How to Think Big

Podcast-style audio course - 15 Topics
Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
Calvin College
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Audio Download + Subscription
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Philosophy 101: How to Think Big

Podcast-style audio course - 15 Topics
Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
Calvin College
Audio Download + Subscription
$0.00
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Ask civilization’s most provocative questions. Meet its greatest minds. Learn from one of philosophy’s best professors. If you could travel back in time and take one college course now, this would be it.

With a goal of expanding the minds of lifelong learners, celebrated philosophy professor Kevin Corcoran engages thinkers from Descartes to David Foster Wallace to help you discover truth and tackle the big questions of our existence. An expert in philosophy of mind and metaphysics, Prof. Corcoran is the perfect guide for this journey.

Through this compelling 15-lecture course, you’ll develop critical thinking skills that will bring clarity and focus to your daily life. Prof. Corcoran begins with Aristotle’s maxim that “philosophy begins in wonder.” After discussing the nature of wonder and delight as the fertile soil within which philosophy is born and grows, you’ll explore a broad range of perspectives on quandaries that have captivated philosophers for centuries. You’ll ask questions including “What does it mean to be moral?”; “Do we exist, or are we living in the matrix?”; and

Ask civilization’s most provocative questions. Meet its greatest minds. Learn from one of philosophy’s best professors. If you could travel back in time and take one college course now, this would be it.

With a goal of expanding the minds of lifelong learners, celebrated philosophy professor Kevin Corcoran engages thinkers from Descartes to David Foster Wallace to help you discover truth and tackle the big questions of our existence. An expert in philosophy of mind and metaphysics, Prof. Corcoran is the perfect guide for this journey.

Through this compelling 15-lecture course, you’ll develop critical thinking skills that will bring clarity and focus to your daily life. Prof. Corcoran begins with Aristotle’s maxim that “philosophy begins in wonder.” After discussing the nature of wonder and delight as the fertile soil within which philosophy is born and grows, you’ll explore a broad range of perspectives on quandaries that have captivated philosophers for centuries. You’ll ask questions including “What does it mean to be moral?”; “Do we exist, or are we living in the matrix?”; and “If God exists, why is there suffering in the world?”

Prof. Corcoran, named one America’s best professors by Princeton Review, will take you on a journey that is sure to stretch your intellectual muscles. A stellar teacher and the author of Rethinking Human Nature, he will inspire you to revisit life’s most profound questions.

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Kevin Corcoran is professor of philosophy at Calvin College. A graduate of the Universities of Maryland–Baltimore County, Yale, and Purdue, Professor Corcoran is an expert on the philosophy of mind and the metaphysics of human persons. His awards include a 2019 Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Crete in Greece. A celebrated lecturer, he was named one of the Best 300 Professors by the Princeton Review in 2012 and has twice been voted by the honors college at Calvin College to deliver their graduation address. He is the editor of Soul, Body, and Survival (Cornell University Press, 2001) and the author of Rethinking Human Nature (Brazos Press, 2006).
Praise for Kevin Corcoran
“Kevin Corcoran enjoys a fine reputation as a perceptive and well-published scholar in areas of metaphysics and the philosophy of mind. He is also a stellar teacher, able to make challenging material accessible without cutting corners, and to deliver inventive and entertaining lectures without compromising intellectual content.”
-Lee Hardy, Professor of Philosophy, Calvin College
“Dr. Kevin Corcoran is an outstanding philosopher with particular expertise in Brain and Consciousness Studies. He is well qualified to lead audio lecture listeners through the mysterious and fascinating world of the relationship between our physical brains and the wide array of experiences that we understand as ‘Consciousness.’ I heartily endorse not only his audio lectures, but all of Dr. Corcoran’s work in the field of Neuroscience and Philosophy of Mind.
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“Kevin Corcoran presents problems about consciousness in a clear, systematic and stimulating way. His cutting edge research in the philosophy of mind has sparked many lively discussions among his students and colleagues. I recommend Kevin Corcoran to any one who wants to learn more about the nature of the mind and its relation to reality.”
-Maria Venieri, Assoc. Professor of Philosophy, University of Crete
  • Introduction: The Love of Wisdom
  • Delight and Default Settings
  • Truth, Relativism and Humility
  • Knowledge and Reality
  • What Does it Mean to be Moral?
  • Human Nature and Morality
  • What Kind of Things Are We? Part 1
  • What Kind of Things Are We? Part 2
  • Personal Identity
  • Does God Exist? Part 1
  • Does God Exist? Part 2
  • Is It Rational to Believe God Exists?
  • The Problems of Evil, Suffering, and Death
  • Suffering, Evil, and a Providential God
  • Wrapping Up

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