TTC - Practical Philosophy : The Greco Roman Moralists Taught by Luke Johnson Published by The Teaching Company (TTC) 24 lectures of 30 minutes - 250 mb - mp3
Such classical Greek philosophers as Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle are fine, if lofty thinking is what you want.
But philosophy means "love of wisdom," not "love of thinking." What about solid advice on how to be a good father or friend; or how to grow old gracefully, or know what true happiness is?
Where can you find philosophy that tells you not how to think well, but how to live well?
Such "practical" philosophy can be found in the works of Cicero, Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, Dio, and Plutarch of Chaeronea, among others.
These Greeks and Romans of the early imperial period devoted their lives not to metaphysics and epistemology but to the appreciation and practice of morality and virtue, values and character.
Course Lecture Titles 1. The World of the Greco-Roman Moralists 2. How Empire Changed Philosophy 3. The Great Schools and Their Battles 4. Dominant Themes and Metaphors 5. The Ideal Philosopher—A Composite Portrait 6. The Charlatan—Philosophy Betrayed 7. Philosophy Satirized—The Comic Lucian 8. Cicero—The Philosopher as Politician 9. Seneca—Philosopher as Court Advisor 10. Good Roman Advice—Cicero and Seneca 11. Musonius Rufus—The Roman Socrates 12. Dio Chrysostom—The Wandering Rhetorician 13. Dio Chrysostom—Preaching Peace and Piety 14. Epictetus—Philosopher as School Teacher 15. Epictetus—The Stoic Path to Virtue 16. Epictetus—The Messenger of Zeus 17. Marcus Aurelius—Meditations of the King 18. Jews Thinking Like Greeks 19. Philo—Judaism as Greek Philosophy 20. Plutarch—Biography as Moral Instruction 21. Plutarch and Philosophical Religion 22. Plutarch on Virtue and Educating Children 23. Plutarch—Envy, Anger, and Talking Too Much 24. The Missing Page in Philosophy’s Story