Modern Philosophy

Modern Philosophy

Published by: Dr. Ronald H. Nash
0 Episodes | First Released: Jan 5 '11
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Luke Heberle
Dec 26 '19
Rating:   4
Good and not good

There’s some quality material here, but the religio-political perspective of this professor detracts from almost every statement he makes. For example, his hatred for Hegel (which he never tries to disguise) is delivered with incredible unfairness and total subjectivity. However he is mostly fair toward Kant, I suppose because Kant makes room for orthodox Christianity.Bottom line, this represents the problem with Christian philosophy today- the acceptance of Christian dogma as a trump card for any outlying philosophical thought. Unless you’re a Christian fundamentalist, these lectures will aggravate you. If you are a fundamentalist, these lectures will support your “faith” built entirely on your ability to reason (which I think is not faith at all).I HIGHLY recommend Christian and non-Christian listeners go instead to Dr. Arthur Holmes (Prof at Wheaton) lecture on history of philosophy which is available in its entirety. Holmes is much more fair.To all who say that this professor is simply giving the “Christian perspective,” that’s exactly the problem! Who says this is the Christian perspective? Also, by acting with such overt opinions, he seriously misses the impact and historical significance of many of these philosophers. It’s not as if “he was right” and “he was wrong”, it’s the culmination of humanity’s ideas and how they’ve changed overtime. The polemics are not right in this context and undermine the merit of the lectures. The notion of a single orthodox dogma that this prof reads into the history of philosophy results in mediocrity that most people interested in academic philosophy will dismiss.

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Derek D. Rodrigues, Real Agent
Nov 15 '19
Rating:   2
Resisting the philosophy

I found the criticism of the philosophy distracting from the teachings. You don’t need to try to be funny the entire time. It’s clearly fake and distracting.

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GayCountryWes
Oct 25 '19
Rating:   6
Free to personal beliefs, but rather pushy of them

I grew up in a conservative area of the Bible Belt and I attended a Southern Baptist church for some time in my youth. I was mentored by those people and came to know what conservatism was and what type of person it could make an individual. There are loving and kind conservatives who want what’s best for humankind and there are those who get so bogged down in conservatism that it places a veil over their eyes and keeps them in a world shut off from reality and where we are as a civilization today. Humans have not stopped evolving over time and I do not see us stopping. There were parts of this podcast I feel touched me in a way that brought me closer to the understanding of Christianity. At the same time, there were moments when Nash’s words pushed me away. I believe someone can be loving while chastising. That takes a careful thought process. While chastising someone in their life choices, it’s important to also make them aware that God was not the one who walked away. That decision was left to the individual.In this day in age, where humans are terribly caught up in the fight between liberalism and conservatism, we need to see how we can put petty differences aside and bring about changes that will lift people up instead of constantly pushing them down. I feel that Nash was a conservative who could not see where this effort would benefit our society. His overwhelming push toward conservatism would only make the differences that much more apparent. I’ve seen that happen and more churches have split because of it instead of coming together and healing the family of God. If you find this podcast and are interested in seeing what it holds, and thinking there may be something of a blessing hidden within all the words spoken, be sure that every now and then, that blessing can be felt. Do, however, know that Nash speaks his mind and you will either totally disagree or align with him by the end.

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Darth Brosephus
Jun 7 '19
Rating:   6
Here and There

Contrary to some of the overly negative and overly positive reviews here, this is an average podcast; it’s not really even a podcast at all. This is a series of course lectures from Reformed Theological Seminary by the late Dr. Ronald Nash. He is very dissatisfied with the tone and form of modern philosophy from Kant onwards; and he is very conservative. This dissatisfaction is animated all the more during his lectures by his harsh demeanor and overly critical style of teaching. If you struggle to listen to someone that thinks differently than you and does not make any effort to hide it, this will not be an easy series for you. Personally, I find the professors tone to be very harsh and unpleasant at times. I have had the pleasure of being in the classroom with professors who passionately disagree with certain philosophical positions, but do so in the spirit of peer-hood. Nonetheless, I have engaged with his works of scholarship throughout writing projects in the past and will confess his brilliance; which shines at many times throughout this series. Even still, the lectures [here] are constantly bombarded by his own position and opinion, but that’s not to say that there aren't large spans of good scholarship in this series; which is what I came looking for initially, and is upon which I have judged this series. I personally recommend the episodes on Hegel and Kierkegaard for those interested. Again, even in those lectures dealing with Hegel and Kierkegaard, expect the ad hominem.

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Consoiracy Jim
Mar 6 '19
Rating:   8
These Unbelievers Live in a Vacuum

It’s sad to read the unbelievers’ reviews. They don’t seem to understand why the professor is so “one-sided” and “biased.” His purpose is not to simply introduce students to the philosophers’ ideas (as would be the case in a secular school), but to aquatint future Christian ministry leaders with the ideas that have influenced Western thought, and how they relate to Christianity. So, of course the professor would ridicule and criticize many of the philosophers’ ideas; they need to be shown for the nonsense and garbage they often are.Non-Christian philosophy since the so-called enlightenment is mostly nonsense masquerading as rational thought. Almost every system fails, and the ones that don’t usually rely on assumptions derived from those that do fail. I’m a university student at this time. I’ve been into philosophy for several years. I go to a public university. Most of my course material is extremely biased against religion, and most of my professors use their classes as soapboxes for spreading their anti-Christian ideas. They make us read some of the dumbest “philosophers” that have ever lived. These other reviewers don’t seem to understand what’s really going on in the world.

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OrangeMoJoJo
Jun 27 '18
Rating:   2
2 minutes in and you realize: this guy doesn't teach philosophy.

He ATTEMPTS to teach how some of the greatest minds****** are "wrong" and "ignorant" and "misled," without even pretending to attempt to explain the meaning of their nuanced and important works. (******SPOILER!!! Ron Nash is NOT one of them!)want to It's like Fox News doing a brief, Tedious A.F.

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Davoroy 1
Aug 23 '17
Rating:   2
Teacher is too right-wing for my tastes

Political takes on philosophy aren't my thing. If I want Bill O'Reilly or Rush Limbaugh, I'll buy one of their books. Thanks but no thanks. He defames Sartre on a completely personal basis, and it's clear it's beause he has a personal moral stance about atheism.

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Beruit
May 15 '17
Rating:   8
Has anyone looked at the genre this is under?

This is a christian, giving lectures to a Reformed Theological Seminary. If opinion equates to propoganda on the merit of it being a different opinion than yours, then what is the point of thinking at all? If you listened to an atheist lecture on John Calvin at Oxford, I have no doubt you would find the same "polemics" at play. This professor is speaking to students who hold to the same belief system as he does, so he is not going to softball any of these issues for the ghost of an outside opinion in the room. You do not have to accept this teaching as true, no system of belief should expect this if it is being taught from a classroom, however you do need to respect it as actual teaching.

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CmhComments
Oct 27 '14
Rating:   10
Interesting Course

As a Bible teacher, I found this to be a very interesting course. It was a good exposure to the philosophers and a summary of their philosophies, especially how they have influenced us today. The biographical details were very helpful in giving insight into the character of the people who made these contributions.

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O-O-O
Sep 15 '14
Rating:   10
Ignore non-faith based reviews

This is a philosophy course taught from a conservative theological seminary and is branded as such. This course assumes real and actual belief in the Christian faith. Philosophy in this course is presented from the perspective that Christianty is true and that opposing worldviews are not. That stance alone is apparently enough to send most reviewers into a rage. Nash's unapologetic style that frames all truth as subordinate to the biblical God will predictably make some people go berserk, but it is much appreciated by those that do.Regarding what some consider ad hominen: It is important to understand how philosophical thinkers cannot live up to the standards that they create for others to follow. This is the default human condition and one of many reasons that when the mind is not held captive to the will of God there is so much misery in society. Take Marx for example; what a despicable human being! How many millions of people have died because of his ideas? Ayn Rand was a vociferous athiest. It is important to understand the fundamental flaws in that kind of thinking and why even though her ideas may appeal to modern conservatives, the closest she comes is to be a co-beligerant

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quantum00
Feb 16 '14
Rating:   10
Very good Christian course!

This is a very good Christian (i.e. non-liberal) course from Reformed Theological Seminary. It's also an excellent course to study to remove a lot of mythology from Modern Philosophy-- for example: Hegel didn't come up with the three part dialectic, his disciples did. You also learn the various types of Marxism as well-- thus mythologizing the "Marxism is a monolith" myth. If you are a liberal (therefore, a non-Christian), you might want to check this out to be either be convicted of your sins.What abou the 1-star reviews? They are from liberals (non-Christian) who are kicking against the goads of Truth and who did not realize that this is a Christian seminary course!

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Max Hume
Nov 1 '13
Rating:   2
Don’t bother.

I can’t believe this man gets paid to teach. He seems to think that his own personal judgments are more valuable than scholarship; it’s a bit like listening to a Freshman's in-class presentation. I have low expectations for seminary material, anyway (after all, their raison d’être is shaped by the innate methodological necessity to make facts form to pre-existing beliefs), but this is low even for that. Don’t even bother.

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Stephen Kekoa
Oct 7 '13
Rating:   2
Ad Hominem Sneer

The previous reviewers get it just right. Periodic good explanation immersed in a sea of sneering ad hominem attacks. Rousseau is dismissed by simply calling him a "liberal" and "you know about them." Shameful to be so political. Unfair to his students to be a preacher and not a teacher.Update: I listened to the Russell/ Heidegger lecture and now think the whole thing may be an elaborate joke. He dismisses Nietzsche for not giving an argument instead of mockery. Then he mocks Rorty to send him off, describing his theory of truth as what you can get away with from your peers. After mocking this, but not arguing against it, he dismisses Russell by referring to reviews of his books (ie what you can get away with from peers). Unless this guy is totally and completely unable to introspect, he's joking. An elaborate hoax. Too bad his students aren't in on the joke.

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Jamiecapricorn
May 7 '13
Rating:   2
Not suited for iTune U

This is ignorant, stupid and nasty. It belongs to late night talk shows category, instead of university studies.

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