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I get irritated by people who think philosophy is a waste of time. A course like this one shows how profitable it is to learn critical reasoning and why it is so important for understanding our place in the universe. Most of the tough questions asked in the series don't have a cookie cutter answer, but all of them provided a method for approaching the question more profitably.
For example, on the nature of identity, what does it mean to be the same person over time ("ship of Theseus" question), he will show that it's probably more profitable to realize that the categories and labels that we put on the concepts about self identity are convenient fictions, and there just might not be a way to answer the question properly. He'll say perhaps as in the Dr. Who TV show that an episode from season one is different from an episode from last season, but they are connected because they are part of the same series. We aren't episodes, but are the series of events that make us up.
I loved the beginning lectures on the nature of knowledge and how absolute knowledge is best thought of as justified true believe. That series of lectures on knowledge and science (and there were several) helps put "philosophy of science" in perspective for me.
One note, I had listened to his course on Metaphysics. Get this one instead, because most of the lectures from that course seemed to also be on this one, and you get a lot more lectures in this course including most of the ones on the other one thus giving you better value for your money.
[I'll give a warning, if you're certain in your belief systems and have no doubt in your faith based things, this lecture might be a disconnect for you because he'll pretty much state that the soul makes no sense, God might not exist, free will is not what you think it is, and so on. As for me, I love learning things that challenge my world view and can recommend this lecture series for anyone who feels the same].
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What made the experience of listening to The Big Questions of Philosophy the most enjoyable?
This is a terrific audio book by a terrific author and lecturer. He really pulls you into philosophy rather than just talking about it. He also has a course on Metaphysics, which I'll take as soon as I get through with my current course.
What about Professor David K. Johnson’s performance did you like?
I love his enthusiasm for his topic.
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Overall really thought provoking content as well as arming you with tools for day to day functioning. Are bits that get a bit mind twisting/heavy in early/middle parts but well worth sticking it out to the final few chapters which were some of the most interesting to me anyway. Thank you.
because we believe everything thing we say to be the truth! great listen gets you thinking and asking yourself questions!
I wasn't kidding when i said this book easily rates as one of the best in its category.
I'd say a lot more if i had time but I'll give a few words which i think reflect the book... Clear. Concise. Non biased. But honestly... I have to stress his ability to convey what are supposed to be some of the deepest questions, so clearly and easy to understand. Basically, if you're a fan of Sam Harris for the clarity in the sentences he constructs, you'll like David Johnson.
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