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It's refreshing to hear of Philosophy As Seeking Wisdom as opposed to Philosophy As Endless Semantic Quibbling. Johnson's lectures outline the moral thinking of several important philosophers while putting them in the context of their time and place. His reading is excellent.
The only complaint I have is that most of the individuals covered are Stoics. I would've liked to hear Johnson spend a lecture or two on Epicurus, or perhaps a famous Cynic like Diogenes.
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I have listened to nearly all of Professor Johnson's Great Courses lectures
He will leave you with a deep understanding of the The Stoics. Your appetite will be whetted so that you can most into the practice of this ancient philosophy to live a life of wisdom and not just knowledge.
And then to experience the correctly understood Happiness these phi slippers strived for.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would! It puts one in awe of the incredible wisdom that's been amassed by the ancients that is sadly forgotten in this day and age, but should be shouted from the rooftops! The Greco-Roman moralists should be known to every high school student.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Practical Philosophy: The Greco-Roman Moralists?
I couldn't name one particular moment - but there's so many things that are said by the thinkers that make perfect sense while at the same time are also said in a simple, yet elegant way - something that is very lacking in modern academia.
Any additional comments?
I enjoyed it so much I came re-listened some of the chapters right after finishing the book.
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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
Yes, it was well-spent - though perhaps not for the reasons that it was produced. It was plausible, well set out, and articulately delivered .. which make it a great boone to the student and listener.
What was most disappointing about The Great Courses and Luke Timothy Johnson ’s story?
There was little of disappointment, only a sense of mistake - making the past 'relevant' to today (by forcing comparisons).
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
The Post-Modern aspect of Modernism's self-centred-ness - as an agenda by which to measure all else - could have been cut, or at least treated much more critically.
Did Practical Philosophy: The Greco-Roman Moralists inspire you to do anything?
Not especially, but it has helped to expose some of the assumptions presented as a given by lecturers.
Any additional comments?
A good course to follow, if taken with a handy pinch of salt. The basic tenet of the presentation, that of philosophy as a context for understanding wisdom not merely of disputing ideas of knowledge, is a helpful starting place. Simply try to get past the Lesson For Us psycho-babble, and you'll have a fine window through which to view the subjects.
Professor Luke Timothy Johnson. What a brilliant, brilliant teacher! The material covered in these lectures should be required reading for every parent who wants their child to live in a far better world.