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In the 19th century, Europe was the crucible for most of the ideas, institutions, and "isms" that now shape the life of our entire planet- nationalism, capitalism, democracy, socialism, feminism, and the list goes on and on. But where did these ideas come from? How did the particular conditions of Europe between the French Revolution and the First World War shape these thinkers' ideas, the thoughts of their critics, the progress of the debates that went on between them, and the wider hearing that all received?
Over the course of 24 sweeping lectures, Professor Kramer invites you to view intellectual history as a series of overlapping, interconnected dialogues, which will help you deepen your understanding of the ideas of influential 19th-century European intellectuals; reflect on the interactions between ideas and social experience; and think critically and creatively about how the ideas of 19th-century Europe's leading thinkers and writers still raise a host of cogent questions for our own time.
You will examine not only famous thinkers like Marx, Darwin, and Nietzsche, but a number of important, though less well-remembered, figures including the romantic author Germaine de Staël, the positivist Auguste Comte, the novelist and feminist George Sand, the political theorist Benjamin Constant, and many others-each placed in a context and linked both to other creative thinkers and the major issues of the time.
Beginning the legacy of the 18th-century Enlightenment and its connection to the French Revolution and ending with the philosophy of Nietzsche, this ambitious course is rich with great-and lasting-ideas.
©2001 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2001 The Great Courses
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By Ben on 05-05-15

Very good summery

The course brings the bottom line of the major ideas of the 19th century in clear and understandable way. It is a great introduction, but won't lead you deep into the ideas or texts.

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By Eliza M on 06-27-16

One of the best great courses I've listened to

Wonderful narration and fascinating topic presented in an engaging and unpretentious manner. Will listen to again!

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By ColonelJames on 09-24-16

Makes some very heavy material easily accessible.

Would you consider the audio edition of European Thought and Culture in the 19th Century to be better than the print version?

It is a lecture series - it is bound to be better than lecture notes isn't it?

Who was your favorite character and why?

Kierkegaard. His sense of humor, I think.

What aspect of Professor Lloyd Kramer’s performance might you have changed?

It's a slow start, if you stick with it though he becomes much more engaging throughout.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. Too much to digest in one sitting I think.

Any additional comments?

Yes. This is an adept guide to a century and a half's worth of ideas. It is not the most exciting listen on Audible but if, like me, you have always struggled to place the very important philosophers of this period within a narrative and see how they interrelate then I would heartily recommend this. Well done Prof. Kramer.

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By Mock Turtle on 03-17-17

Excellent Systematic Overview

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I've been listening to this in the car in increments of around 30 mins, and I always look forward to the next session. I appreciate the systematic, chronological approach: enlightenment, French Revolution, aftermath of the revolution and the philosophical/social/cultural response in the other European countries.
Prof. Kramer is an engaging speaker and easy to listen to.
I can wholeheartedly recommend this audiobook for people who are interest in the background and philosophical history of 18 and 19 century Europe.

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