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Course :  Intro to Philosophy Course Lectures by Gregory B. Sadler

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In this lecture/discussion from his Spring 2013 Introduction to Philosophy class at Marist College, Dr. Gregory B. Sadler starts his study of Cicero's classic work, "On The Nature of the Gods," a debate between Epicurean, Stoic, and Academic philosophers narrated by Cicero. He covers the general structure of the dialogue, the characters, and some basic information about the three main schools. Then he examines the Epicurean criticisms of other positions, the presentation of the Epicurean position, an argument for god's existence, and arguments for why the gods ought to have human-like forms. He also considers the Academic criticisms of these arguments.

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