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Meaning—A Question and a Commitment

Lecture no. 1 from the course: Philosophy, Religion, and the Meaning of Life

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Taught by Professor Francis J. Ambrosio | 32 min

What gives meaning to human existence? Consider two pivotal Western approaches to the question the Humanist-philosophical and monotheistic wisdom traditions and delineate the key metaphorical figures of the Hero and the Saint. Consider also the value of a commitment, not to an answer about meaning, but to a way of life based in questioning.

36 Lectures

1
Meaning—A Question and a Commitment Meaning—A Question and a Commitment 0 of 32 min
2
Hero and Saint—Mapping the Cultural Genome Hero and Saint—Mapping the Cultural Genome 0 of 31 min
3
The Heroic Age—The Greek Worldview The Heroic Age—The Greek Worldview 0 of 28 min
4
Heroism and the Tragic View of Life Heroism and the Tragic View of Life 0 of 30 min
5
Plato—Politics, Justice, and Philosophy Plato—Politics, Justice, and Philosophy 0 of 32 min
6
Plato's "Republic"—The Hero's Reward Plato's "Republic"—The Hero's Reward 0 of 31 min
7
The Heroic Ideal in Late Stoicism The Heroic Ideal in Late Stoicism 0 of 29 min
8
"In the Beginning"—The Hebrew Worldview "In the Beginning"—The Hebrew Worldview 0 of 30 min
9
Father Abraham, the First Saint Father Abraham, the First Saint 0 of 30 min
10
Saintly Types in the Hebrew Bible Saintly Types in the Hebrew Bible 0 of 31 min
11
Jesus as Saintly Innovator—Forgiving Love Jesus as Saintly Innovator—Forgiving Love 0 of 32 min
12
Hero or Saint? Saul of Tarsus Hero or Saint? Saul of Tarsus 0 of 31 min
13
Hero or Saint? Augustine of Hippo Hero or Saint? Augustine of Hippo 0 of 32 min
14
Mohammed—The Prophet as Saintly Innovator Mohammed—The Prophet as Saintly Innovator 0 of 30 min
15
Saint Francis and Dante—Saintly Troubadours Saint Francis and Dante—Saintly Troubadours 0 of 32 min
16
The Agony and Ecstasy of Michelangelo The Agony and Ecstasy of Michelangelo 0 of 32 min
17
Enlightenment Patterns of Cultural Mutation Enlightenment Patterns of Cultural Mutation 0 of 31 min
18
Mt. Moriah Revisited—Saintly Transgression Mt. Moriah Revisited—Saintly Transgression 0 of 32 min
19
A History of Suspicion—Marx, Darwin, Freud A History of Suspicion—Marx, Darwin, Freud 0 of 30 min
20
Nietzsche—The Return of the Tragic Hero Nietzsche—The Return of the Tragic Hero 0 of 32 min
21
Dostoevsky—The Return of the Saint Dostoevsky—The Return of the Saint 0 of 31 min
22
A Century of Trauma A Century of Trauma 0 of 30 min
23
The Quantum Leap The Quantum Leap 0 of 32 min
24
Existentialism—Sartre and de Beauvoir Existentialism—Sartre and de Beauvoir 0 of 32 min
25
Camus and the Absurd Hero Camus and the Absurd Hero 0 of 33 min
26
Flannery O'Connor and the Mystery of Grace Flannery O'Connor and the Mystery of Grace 0 of 32 min
27
The Holocaust and the Crisis of Forgiveness The Holocaust and the Crisis of Forgiveness 0 of 29 min
28
Faulkner and Beckett—Images of the Forlorn Faulkner and Beckett—Images of the Forlorn 0 of 32 min
29
Viktor Frankl—Freedom's Search for Meaning Viktor Frankl—Freedom's Search for Meaning 0 of 32 min
30
Simone Weil—Imagining the Secular Saint Simone Weil—Imagining the Secular Saint 0 of 32 min
31
Simone Weil—A New Augustine? Simone Weil—A New Augustine? 0 of 30 min
32
Identifying the Secular Saint Identifying the Secular Saint 0 of 32 min
33
The Secular Saint at the Movies The Secular Saint at the Movies 0 of 33 min
34
Ernest Becker—The Denial of Death Ernest Becker—The Denial of Death 0 of 32 min
35
Terror and Hope in a Planetary Age Terror and Hope in a Planetary Age 0 of 32 min
36
The Secular Saint—Learning to Walk Upright The Secular Saint—Learning to Walk Upright 0 of 29 min

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