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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Slavoj Žižek discusses his new book Refugees, Terror and Other Troubles with the Neighbors: Against the Double Blackmail with Hari Kunzru at the Brooklyn Public Library, Novembre 15, 2016

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Recorded October 26, 2011, 7pm. Slavoj Zizek –at a book signing event at St. Mark’s Bookshop in the East Village. Looking for something? Find it and much more on Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/?tag=lovesecrets-20 He gives a lengthy talk using the Occupy Wall Street movement as an example that now is time for slow, careful “thinking”, and not […]

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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, examines the attempts made in that dialogue to define “virtue,” and looks at Socrates’ […]

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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 Apology, and examines Socrates discussions of death, judgement, right and wrong, and why he does […]

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In this video – the start of a new series – I address some of the questions from one of my Middle-Eastern viewers, who wanted some guidance about how to start studying Philosophy. My advice is invariably to begin with Plato’s dialogues, so I discuss: 3:04 – what texts can be useful to acquire 8:20 […]

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