The Philosopher’s Toolkit: How to Be the Most Rational Person in Any Room Great Courses Teaching Company DVD Course Number 4253

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Unlike courses in other disciplines, which are descriptive, this course is normative. That is, instead of merely describing how we do think, the focus of this course is how we should think. Thinking is at the heart of our everyday lives, yet our thinking can go wrong in any number of ways. Bad arguments, fallacious reasoning, misleading language, and built-in cognitive biases are all traps that keep us from rational decision making-to say nothing of advertisers and politicians who want to convince us with half-truths and empty rhetoric.

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Great Minds of the Medieval World

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#ad - In this gallery of extraordinary minds, hildegard of Bingen, Bernard of Clairvaux, you'll encounter the leading lights of a world-shaping era, Peter Abelard, including figures such as Maimonides, and Francesco Petrarch. These compelling lectures take you deeply into the heart of one of civilization's most dynamic and impactful eras.

Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. In the medieval era's great minds we find the roots of many aspects of today's world - from the religious/philosophical thought of Augustine, Ambrose of Milan, the enlightened statesmanship of Charlemagne and Lorenzo de Medici, and Thomas Aquinas to the scientific innovations of Avicenna and Alhacen, and the literary creations of Dante and Chaucer.

The middle ages was a time of major advances in many fields of knowledge, literature, medicine, art, from theology and philosophy to science, and education. Owing to the work of an astonishing range of visionary thinkers, this fascinating period was the era in which the foundations of the modern Western world were laid.

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Early Christianity: The Experience of the Divine

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You'll travel back to christianity's origins during its first 300 years to identify the elements that first made it appealing and which still hold the secret to its ability to attract new followers. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. Professor johnson employs scholarly techniques that have only recently been applied to religion.

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In introducing early christian religious experience, Professor Johnson looks at questions that are new and intellectually exciting in the study of religion. What accounts for its continued popularity? In these twenty-four lectures, institutions, Professor Johnson maintains that the most familiar aspects of Christianity-its myths, ideas and morality-are only its outer "husk.

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How to Look at and Understand Great Art

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What Are the Chances? Probability Made Clear

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These 12 fascinating half-hour lectures help you understand the random factors that lurk behind almost everything. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. Art. Probability comes to the rescue to describe what we should expect from the randomness of life. Take hold of this powerful tool and you can dispel uncertainty and understand the true odds in the game of life.

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Outsmart Yourself: Brain-Based Strategies to a Better You

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The Symphonies of Beethoven

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Everyday Engineering: Understanding the Marvels of Daily Life

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The Great Courses: Philosophy of Religion

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An Introduction to Formal Logic

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Packed with real-world examples and thought-provoking exercises, this course is suitable for everyone from beginners to veteran logicians. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. Formal logic is a breathtakingly versatile tool. Professor gimbel's research explores the nature of scientific reasoning and the ways in which science and culture interact, which positions him perfectly to make advanced abstract concepts clear and concrete.

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Classic Novels: Meeting the Challenge of Great Literature

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