Everyone has their own inner philosopher-a voice within that asks, oh so insistently, philosophical questions. Everyone wants to know what the ultimate nature of the world is, what the self is, whether we have free will, how our minds relate to our bodies, whether we can really know anything, where ethical truth comes from, what the meaning of life is, and whether or not there is a God. This inner philosopher is related to the inner child, since the child too is prone to asking philosophical questions. But it is much better to have a disciplined guide through philosophy than simply to try to do all the thinking by yourself. I will be acting as your guide. I will cover all the main problems of philosophy, from logic to ethics, from the human mind to God, introducing you to how philosophers think and the theories they have come up with. The first four lectures focus on foundational questions that need to be clarified before we engage upon more applied discussions. We need to know what knowledge is, what truth is, and what logical reasoning is before we start discussing ethics, the mind, free will and God. So let's start with the basics, then break into a run only when we have learned how to walk.
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"This addition to The Modern Scholar series features Rutgers Professor Colin McGinn covering the basics of philosophical inquiry. What distinguishes the audio from Philosophy 101 is the idea that, from time to time, everyone ponders the great imponderables--the nature of truth, beauty, morality, God, and the meaning of life. Learning the most productive methodology for such investigation, as well as some of its fundamentals, can materially guide the individual's spiritual journey. McGuinn, working extemporaneously from notes, has a soft, sandy voice and speaks in clipped British tones. He is a little dry and repetitive, though never pedantic or condescending. The accompanying printed course guide nicely supplements the lectures. Y.R. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine"
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