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Professor Grant Hardy, Ph.D.

Professor Grant Hardy
  • University of North Carolina, Asheville
  • Yale University
Religion offers a window on the world. It's not the only window, but it's a large one, which provides a grand vista of much of human life in both the past and the present.
Dr. Grant Hardy is Professor of History and Religious Studies and Director of the Humanities Program at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He earned his B.A. in Ancient Greek from Brigham Young University and his Ph.D. in Chinese Language and Literature from Yale University. Professor Hardy has received a wealth of awards and accolades for both his teaching and his scholarship. At the University of North Carolina, he won the 2002 Distinguished Teacher Award for the Arts and Humanities Faculty, and he was named to a Ruth and Leon Feldman Professorship for 2009 to 2010. He also received a research grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and he participated in scholarly symposia at prestigious universities around the world, including Harvard University and the University of Heidelberg. Professor Hardy has written, cowritten, or edited six books, including Worlds of Bronze and Bamboo: Sima Qian's Conquest of History; The Establishment of the Han Empire and Imperial China; and the first volume of the Oxford History of Historical Writing. In addition, he has written or revised a majority of the articles on imperial China for the World Book Encyclopedia.
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"Professor Hardy's course is a revelation. The instruction is well presented, interesting, and very insightful. Most important, it is exceptionally informative."

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24 Courses and Sets

  1. Sacred Texts of the World Sale

    Sacred Texts of the World

    Grant Hardy
    Save up to $275.00 Starting at $49.95 $99.95 $49.95$99.95
    Throughout history, religious expression has been an essential human activity, deeply influencing the development of cultures and civilizations. With few exceptions, humanity’s religions are grounded in their sacred texts—foundational writings that crystallize the principles and vision of the faiths, forming the basis of belief and action. These are texts that people around the world live by and, at times, are...
  2. Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition

    Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition

    Grant Hardy
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $374.95 $199.95$374.95
    Discover an often-overlooked, but equally important, side of human philosophy with Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition—a comprehensive survey of the East's most influential thinkers. In 36 lectures, award-winning Professor Grant Hardy introduces you to the people responsible for molding Asian philosophy and for giving birth to a wide variety of spiritual and ideological systems, including Hinduism,...
  3. 36 Books That Changed the World Collection

    36 Books That Changed the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $269.95 $199.95$269.95
    Since the development of written language, books have played major roles in the world: Entertaining. Instructing. Inspiring. Even changing the course of history. Now, with 36 Books That Changed the World, a fascinating Great Courses Collection crafted from our extensive library of courses, take a riveting tour of the profound impact of books from thousands of years of history and from civilizations around the globe.
  4. 36 Revolutionary Figures of History Collection

    36 Revolutionary Figures of History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $269.95 $199.95$269.95
    Alexander the Great. Jesus. Darwin. Churchill. These are just a few of the revolutionary individuals who have transformed our world in ways that still resonate today. 36 Revolutionary Figures of History is a unique collection of 36 lectures from our extensive course catalog—one that takes you across time and around the globe to offer piercing insights into some of history’s most transformative figures.
  5. (Set)  Sacred Texts of the World & Meaning of Life Set

    (Set) Sacred Texts of the World & Meaning of Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
  6. (Set)  Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition & Fal Set

    (Set) Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition & Fal

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
  7. (Set) Sacred Texts of the World & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Sacred Texts of the World & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $649.70 Starting at $649.70 $1,374.70 $649.70$1,374.70
    Gain a deep understanding of the world’s spiritual beliefs with this fascinating course set. In Sacred Texts of the World, delve into the written works that convey the values that each faith’s adherents live by, and, at times, have been willing to die for. Then, in Great World Religions, get an in-depth examination of the five major faiths of the world.
  8. (Set) Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation & Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition  Set

    (Set) Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation & Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Explore new ways to live in harmony with the world, both in thought and in practice, with this illuminating two-course set. In Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation get a clear and useable understanding of the essence of meditation and how to practice it. Then, get a pointed introduction to the lives and ideas of the Buddha, Confucius, Gandhi, and others in Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual...
  9. (Set)  Sacred Texts of the World & Old Testament Set

    (Set) Sacred Texts of the World & Old Testament

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
  10. (Set) Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition & Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition  Set

    (Set) Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition & Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $549.90 Starting at $549.90 $1,074.90 $549.90$1,074.90
    Meet the greatest minds in the more than 3,000-year history of philosophy with this comprehensive two-course set. First, get a pointed introduction to the lives and ideas of the Buddha, Confucius, Gandhi, and others in Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition. Then, compare them with their Western counterparts—including Plato, Locke, and Nietzsche—in Great Minds of the Western Intellectual...
  11. (Set) Sacred Texts of the World & Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know  Set on sale

    (Set) Sacred Texts of the World & Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $478.00 Starting at $75.90 $151.90 $75.90$151.90
    Grasp the role of spiritual belief in cultures with this intriguing course set. Start with Sacred Texts of the World, which examines the written religious texts at the core of both major and lesser-known faiths around the world. Then turn to Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know to understand why religion matters so much to so many of the world’s peoples, and...
  12. (Set) Foundations of Eastern Civilization & Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition  Set

    (Set) Foundations of Eastern Civilization & Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
  13. (Set) Buddhism & Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition  Set

    (Set) Buddhism & Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Get an intriguing look at how philosophers and other great thinkers of the Eastern intellectual tradition have attempted to answer life's most important questions. In Buddhism, Professor Malcolm David Eckel introduces you to the astonishing vitality and adaptability of Buddhism, which has transformed Eastern civilizations and become a lively component in the cultures of the West. And in Great Minds of the Eastern...
  14. (Set) Meaning of Life & Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition Set on sale

    (Set) Meaning of Life & Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $571.00 Starting at $88.90 $178.90 $88.90$178.90
    Explore how both Eastern and Western traditions have attempted to answer some of life's most profound questions. First, in Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition, see how great Eastern philosophers came up with wholly different ways of approaching, understanding, and solving the same fundamental questions that concerned the West's greatest thinkers. Then, in The Meaning of Life: Perspectives from the...
  15. (Set) Sacred Texts of the World & Exploring the Roots of Religion  Set

    (Set) Sacred Texts of the World & Exploring the Roots of Religion

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Reflect on the role of religion in cultures through their sacred texts and revered sites in this illuminating course set. In Sacred Texts of the World, examine the written religious texts at the core of both major and lesser-known faiths around the world. And in Exploring the Roots of Religion, take an archaeological tour of some of the world’s most iconic religious sites to understand why they were...
  16. (Set) Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition & Modern Intellectual Tradition: From Descartes to Derrida  Set

    (Set) Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition & Modern Intellectual Tradition: From Descartes to Derrida

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Investigate how great minds from around the world have sought answers to some of the most perplexing questions about human existence in this illuminating two-course set. Discover an often-overlooked, but equally important, side of human philosophy with Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition—a comprehensive survey of the East's most influential thinkers. And explore the foundations of modern and...
  17. (Set) Understanding the East  Set on sale

    (Set) Understanding the East

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $1,000.90 Starting at $151.90 $258.90 $151.90$258.90
    Explore the philosophy, religions, and practices of the East in this four-course set that gives you a new perspective on some of life's most profound questions. First, in Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition, see how great Eastern philosophers came up with wholly different ways of approaching, understanding, and solving the same fundamental questions that concerned the West's greatest thinkers. Next, in...
  18. (Set) Skeptics and Believers & Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition  Set

    (Set) Skeptics and Believers & Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
  19. (Set) Understanding Japan & Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition Set

    (Set) Understanding Japan & Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $349.90 Starting at $349.90 $1,019.85 $349.90$1,019.85
    In philosophy we often focus on the Western intellectual tradition and only get half of the story. This two-course set provides the other side of the picture, and the world. Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition is a comprehensive survey of the East's most influential philosophers. Then Understanding Japan: A Cultural History provides a deep dive into the Japanese perspective.
  20. (Set) The Modern Political Tradition: Hobbes to Habermas & Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition  Set

    (Set) The Modern Political Tradition: Hobbes to Habermas & Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $419.90 Starting at $419.90 $759.90 $419.90$759.90
    Get a balanced view of the philosophies of great minds from both the West and East and the surprising similarities and differences between them in this fascinating course set. In The Modern Political Tradition: Hobbes to Habermas, you'll grasp the core ideas of modern Western political philosophy and how they have been used to influence historical events, economic systems, and reforms. And in Great Minds of the...
  21. (Set) Minds of Medieval World & Minds of Eastern Intellectual Set

    (Set) Minds of Medieval World & Minds of Eastern Intellectual

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $349.90 Starting at $349.90 $644.90 $349.90$644.90
    Fill in the gaps in your philosophical education with this set of two courses. In Great Minds of the Medieval World, study the philosophers, writers, and thought leaders of the Middle Ages. Then, in Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition, meet those people who greatly influenced the philosophy and spirituality of the East.
  22. (Set) 36 Revolutionary Figures of History & 36 Books That Changed the World Set

    (Set) 36 Revolutionary Figures of History & 36 Books That Changed the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $539.90 $399.90$539.90
    Learn something new and exciting with this set of collections courses. Start by exploring 36 revolutionary figures that have changed the course of history. Then, dive into 36 books that have played a central role in shaping our culture – from entertaining and instructing to shaping our social mores.
  23. (Set) Understanding Eastern Tradition Set

    (Set) Understanding Eastern Tradition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $709.80 Starting at $709.80 $1,404.80 $709.80$1,404.80
    The four courses of Understanding Eastern Tradition embark on a grand journey across the nations of Asia to explore their remarkable influences on the world. From the material economy to the philosophies that spread across boundaries and cultures, dive into every facet of life in Asia. Get a better understanding and appreciation of customs, traditions, and beliefs that make the Eastern way of life so fascinating.
  24. (Set) Gnosticism & Sacred Texts of the World Set

    (Set) Gnosticism & Sacred Texts of the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $349.90 Starting at $349.90 $644.90 $349.90$644.90
    Deepen your understanding of religion with this set. In Gnosticism: From Nag Hammadi to the Gospel of Judas, fill in the gaps in your knowledge about gnosticism and its influences on Christianity. Then, in Sacred Texts of the World, explore the various works that inform and inspire religious people from all walks of life.