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In this video, I discuss David Hume’s essay “The Natural History of Religion,” originally published as one of the Four Dissertations in the work by that name. I start out by indicating some of Hume’s key ideas, assumptions, and methods in the work. Then, I discuss Hume’s views on the origins and nature of polytheism […]

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In this lecture/discussion session from my 2013 Introduction to Philosophy class at Marist College, we finish up our study of David Hume’s classic work in Philosophy of Religion, Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, by focusing on most of the arguments about God’s existence and God’s nature made between his three interlocutors — Philo, Demea, and Cleanthes. […]

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In this lecture/discussion video from my Spring 2013 Introduction to Philosophy class, we start our study of David Hume’s Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion. We being with some preliminary matters, talking about why Hume wrote a dialogue, what his rhetorical purposes were in setting up such a debate, and some of the background assumptions of Hume’s […]

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In this lecture/discussion section from my Fall 2013 Introduction to Philosophy class at Marist College, we explore some of the correspondence between Rene Descartes and Princess Elisabeth. In particular, we look at their back and forth discussion about the nature of the soul or the mind, and about how the mind is united with the […]

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In this lecture/discussion session from my Fall 2013 Introduction to Philosophy class at Marist College, we begin our study of Rene Descartes’ late work, The Passions of the Soul, focusing on the first part of the work. In that part, Descartes discusses how the mind/soul and the body interact, specifically through the brain. We examine […]

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This is a video in my new Core Concepts series — designed to provide students and lifelong learners a brief discussion focused on one main concept from a classic philosophical text and thinker. This video focuses on Plato’s dialogue, The Meno, and examines the Platonic doctrine of recollection as discussed by Socrates in that dialogue. […]

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This is a video in my new Core Concepts series — designed to provide students and lifelong learners a brief discussion focused on one main concept from a classic philosophical text and thinker. This Core Concept video focuses on Plato’s dialogue, the Ion, and it discusses Socrates’ theory about Poetry expressed there, namely that the […]

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This is a video in my new Core Concepts series — designed to provide students and lifelong learners a brief discussion focused on one main concept from a classic philosophical text and thinker. This video focuses on Plato’s work, The Phaedo, and examines the account of the afterlife which Socrates presents as a “likely story,” […]

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In this lecture video, I discuss one of Plato’s shortest works, his dialogue, the Ion (named after one of its interlocutors). This dialogue between the Athenian Socrates and a successful rhapsode, Ion, from Ephesus concerns the connected arts of poetry and interpretation of poetry. The central question is whether the rhapsode, or even the poet […]

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