Culp An Introduction to Plato's Republic

An Introduction to Plato’s Republic

Political Philosophy Course: An Introduction to Plato’s Republic Prof. Jonathan Culp Lecture: An Introduction to Plato’s Republic This lesson provides an introduction to the course as a whole.  First, Dr. Culp offers an answer to the question, “Why study Plato’s Republic?”  Then he provides some historical information regarding the lives of Socrates and Plato and their significance.  … Continue reading An Introduction to Plato’s Republic

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Introduction to the Invention of Philosophical Rationality

Philosophy of Nature Course: The Invention of Philosophical Rationality Prof. Fulvio Di Blasi Lecture: Introduction In this short video, Dr. Di Blasi introduces the TIU course “The Invention of Philosophical Rationality” by way of explaining the purposes of studying Ancient Philosophy. It is from the earliest philosophers that we receive the foundations of the entire western tradition of … Continue reading Introduction to the Invention of Philosophical Rationality

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Was Saint Paul Pro-Gender?

Fulvio Di Blasi explains why Saint Paul cannot be said to be pro-gender even if only in relation to the principle of equality. Can we say that gender movement is a wrong answer to a just claim, and that St. Paul, having himself made this claim, wrote the first pro-gender manifesto in history? In the … Continue reading Was Saint Paul Pro-Gender?

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The Principles of Nietzsche’s Philosophy

By Dr. Jeffrey Langan

Friedrich Nietzsche is one of the most influential philosophers of the past 200 years. People wonder what the best entry point is into the study of his thought. Interestingly, Nietzsche himself said that you didn’t need to read his writings in order to understand his basic principles. At one point in his life, he said … Continue reading The Principles of Nietzsche’s Philosophy

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Fr. Robert Gahl Narrative Ethics

Narrative Ethics

In this video Fr. Robert Gahl talks about “Narrative Ethics.” Narrative ethics, a branch of contemporary virtue ethics, claims that our moral life has the structure of a story. To be a moral agent is to be an actor upon the stage of the world before the people who know us, and before God above who … Continue reading Narrative Ethics

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TIC Philosophical Lecture Series

Dr. Fulvio Di Blasi, Director of the Thomas International Center In preparation for making our first video courses available online in January, Fulvio Di Blasi will lead a series of seven lectures for our supporters spanning central philosophical topics. Each lecture will be held at the Thomas International Center, 343 E Six Forks Road Ste 130, Raleigh, NC, 27609. Space-Time … Continue reading TIC Philosophical Lecture Series

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Fr. Robert Gahl Patience: The Gateway to All Virtues

Patience: The Gateway to All Virtues

In this video Fr. Robert Gahl talks about Patience: The Gateway to All Virtues. St. Thomas Aquinas says that patience allows us to remove the obstacles that prevent us from cultivating all of the other virtues. It is a key to a door, as it were, opening up to the life of virtue. Therefore, inasmuch as … Continue reading Patience: The Gateway to All Virtues

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The Shire or the World: Local vs. Global Loyalties in LOTR

Great World Literature Course on “Tolkien Catholic Beauty in the Lord of the Rings“ Taught by David K. O’Connor CLASS 4: The Shire or the World: Local vs. Global Loyalties in LOTR One of Tolkien’s favorite techniques for unsettling our easy convictions is to balance passages that tempt us to take one side of an issue with … Continue reading The Shire or the World: Local vs. Global Loyalties in LOTR

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Tolkien and the Gift of Death

By Fulvio Di Blasi

In J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, human beings exist alongside many other intelligent creatures. Some of them, like Gandalf or Tom Bombadil, are like incarnated angels, higher in dignity to merely earthly creatures. Others are more like fancy fairies from a typical fantasy world, which are more supposed to stimulate the readers’ imagination than … Continue reading Tolkien and the Gift of Death

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Leisure: The Basis of Culture

By Josef Pieper

Josef Pieper’s “Leisure: the Basis of Culture” is a classic of 20th century ethics. What separates us from machines is that, unlike machines, we are not meant merely to produce. We are meant to seek the deep truths of our existence, and our labor must always be done in the context of this quest. Pieper explains … Continue reading Leisure: The Basis of Culture

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