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Professor Lawrence Cahoone, Ph.D.

Professor Lawrence Cahoone
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Stony Brook University
The Great Courses deeply challenged my skills in teaching philosophy, while making it fun too.

Dr. Lawrence Cahoone is Professor of Philosophy at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, where he has taught since 2000. He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. A two-time winner of the Undergraduate Philosophy Association Teaching Award at Boston University who has taught more than 50 different philosophy courses, Professor Cahoone is not only a skilled teacher, but also an author. With a background in recent European, American, and social and political philosophy, as well as interests in postmodernism, metaphysics, and the latter's relation to the natural sciences, he has written:

  • The Orders of Nature
  • Cultural Revolutions: Reason versus Culture in Philosophy, Politics, and Jihad
  • Civil Society: The Conservative Meaning of Liberal Politics
  • The Ends of Philosophy: Pragmatism, Foundationalism, and Postmodernism
  • The Dilemma of Modernity: Philosophy, Culture, and Anti-Culture

He edited From Modernism to Postmodernism: An Anthology and his play, Wise Guys: A Philosophical Comedy, is available at HeartlandPlays.com

Testimonials

"Professor Cahoone is fantastic. He has a such natural conversational style that it makes it so easy to listen to him. I have never studied philosophy before, but I feel that I learned so much."


"Professor Cahoone is a wonderful guide - deeply knowledgeable, thankfully well-organized, and extremely clear given the depth (and occasional murkiness) of the works reviewed."

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19 Courses and Sets

  1. The Modern Political Tradition: Hobbes to Habermas Sale

    The Modern Political Tradition: Hobbes to Habermas

    Lawrence Cahoone
    Save up to $270.00 Starting at $64.95 $114.95 $64.95$114.95
    Liberty. Democracy. Rights. Community. Without even realizing it, we all use the fruits of political philosophy. The question is, are we using them well? The Modern Political Tradition: Hobbes to Habermas is your opportunity to navigate the labyrinth of Western political and social theory. Guided by award-winning Professor Lawrence Cahoone of the College of the Holy Cross, these 36 eye-opening lectures reveal how...
  2. Modern Intellectual Tradition: From Descartes to Derrida

    Modern Intellectual Tradition: From Descartes to Derrida

    Lawrence Cahoone
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $374.95 $199.95$374.95
    Explore the foundations of modern and contemporary Western approaches to reality and knowledge with The Modern Intellectual Tradition: From Descartes to Derrida. Guided by award-winning Professor Lawrence Cahoone, these 36 lectures take you on an engaging intellectual journey that encompasses prominent figures like Locke, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, and Heidegger—intellectual radicals whose ideas...
  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. (Set) Modern Intellectual Tradition: From Descartes to Derrida & Birth of the Modern Mind: The Intellectual History of the 17th and 18th Centuries  Set

    (Set) Modern Intellectual Tradition: From Descartes to Derrida & Birth of the Modern Mind: The Intellectual History of the 17th and 18th Centuries

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Embark on an intriguing and illuminating foray into the development of modern philosophical concepts, ideas, and thinkers with this two-course set. First, explore the foundations of modern and contemporary Western approaches to reality and knowledge with The Modern Intellectual Tradition: From Descartes to Derrida. Then, solidify your understanding of modern philosophy by taking a closer look at its roots in the...
  5. (Set) Modern Intellectual Tradition & Meaning of Life Set

    (Set) Modern Intellectual Tradition & 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 & 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...
  7. (Set) Modern Intellectual Tradition & No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life  Set

    (Set) Modern Intellectual Tradition & No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Investigate the development of modern Western philosophy and one of its most iconic movements in this illuminating two-course set. Explore the foundations of modern and contemporary Western approaches to reality and knowledge with The Modern Intellectual Tradition: From Descartes to Derrida. Then, examine a fascinating school of philosophical thought that examined life's most fundamental questions of individual...
  8. (Set) Modern Intellectual Tradition: From Descartes to Derrida & Skeptics and Believers  Set

    (Set) Modern Intellectual Tradition: From Descartes to Derrida & Skeptics and Believers

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Plunge into a fascinating wealth of (sometimes fierce) intellectual debate over some of civilization's most pressing issues with these two intriguing philosophy courses. Start by exploring the foundations of modern and contemporary Western approaches to reality and knowledge with The Modern Intellectual Tradition: From Descartes to Derrida. Then, gain a greater understanding of the more than 300-year-long debate...
  9. (Set) The Modern Intellectual Tradition & Thinking About Capitalism Set

    (Set) The Modern Intellectual Tradition & Thinking About Capitalism

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
  10. (Set)  Modern Intellectual Tradition & Skeptics and Believers Set

    (Set) Modern Intellectual Tradition & Skeptics and Believers

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
  11. (Set) Modern Intellectual Tradition & Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition  Set

    (Set) Modern Intellectual Tradition & Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $549.90 Starting at $549.90 $1,074.90 $549.90$1,074.90
  12. (Set) Great Ideas of Philosophy & Modern Intellectual Tradition   Set on sale

    (Set) Great Ideas of Philosophy & Modern Intellectual Tradition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $777.00 Starting at $115.90 $222.90 $115.90$222.90
    First, join Professor Daniel N. Robinson in Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition to explore the great philosophic conversations throughout the ages: What can we know? How ought we to act? How should we order our life together? Then, explore the foundations of modern and contemporary Western approaches to reality and knowledge with The Modern Intellectual Tradition: From Descartes to Derrida guided by award-winning...
  13. (Set) The Modern Political Tradition: Hobbes to Habermas & Modern Intellectual Tradition: From Descartes to Derrida  Set

    (Set) The Modern Political Tradition: Hobbes to Habermas & Modern Intellectual Tradition: From Descartes to Derrida

    Lawrence Cahoone
    Starting at $419.90 Starting at $419.90 $759.90 $419.90$759.90
    Delve into philosophies that have permeated many aspects of modern Western civilization, including its political systems, technology, history, and science, in this powerhouse set by Professor Lawrence Cahoone. First, 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,...
  14. (Set) Modern Political Tradition & Conservative Tradition Set

    (Set) Modern Political Tradition & Conservative Tradition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $419.90 Starting at $419.90 $759.90 $419.90$759.90
  15. (Set) The Modern Political Tradition: Hobbes to Habermas & Birth of the Modern Mind: The Intellectual History of the 17th and 18th Centuries  Set

    (Set) The Modern Political Tradition: Hobbes to Habermas & Birth of the Modern Mind: The Intellectual History of the 17th and 18th Centuries

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $349.90 Starting at $349.90 $639.90 $349.90$639.90
    Get an in-depth treatment of the philosophies of great thinkers that informed the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment, sowing the seeds for the modern West, in this thought-provoking set. Start with The Modern Political Tradition: Hobbes to Habermas and grasp the core ideas of modern Western political philosophy and how they have been used to influence historical events, economic systems, and reforms. Then...
  16. (Set) Modern Political Tradition & American Political Thought Set on sale

    (Set) Modern Political Tradition & American Political Thought

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $595.00 Starting at $93.90 $164.90 $93.90$164.90
  17. (Set) Exploring Metaphysics & Modern Intellectual Tradition Set

    (Set) Exploring Metaphysics & Modern Intellectual Tradition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $349.90 Starting at $349.90 $469.90 $349.90$469.90
  18. (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.
  19. (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...