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Professor Phillip Cary, Ph.D.

Professor Phillip Cary
  • Eastern University
  • Yale University
In many ways, Plato was the founding figure of Western philosophy; although there were philosophers before him, his writings were the first that founded a lasting Western philosophy.

Dr. Phillip Cary is Professor of Philosophy at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania, where he is also Scholar-in-Residence at the Templeton Honors College. After receiving his B.A. in English Literature and Philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis, Professor Cary earned his M.A. in Philosophy and Ph.D. in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Yale University. Professor Cary is a recent winner of the Lindback Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching at Eastern University. He has also taught at Yale University, the University of Connecticut, and the University of Hartford. As the Arthur J. Ennis Post-Doctoral Fellow at Villanova University, he taught the nationally recognized undergraduate Core Humanities seminars on ancient, medieval, Renaissance, and modern thought. As a scholar, Professor Cary's specialty is the thought of Augustine, but he has also published scholarly articles on Luther, the doctrine of the Trinity, and personal knowledge. His most recent books include two on Augustine, Inner Grace and Outward Signs, both published by Oxford University Press in 2008, as well as a commentary on the book of Jonah, also in 2008, published by Brazos Press.

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36 Courses and Sets

  1. Augustine: Philosopher and Saint Sale

    Augustine: Philosopher and Saint

    Phillip Cary
    Save up to $115.00 Starting at $15.95 $19.95 $15.95$19.95
    Augustine: Philosopher and Saint paints a rich and detailed portrait of the life, works, and ideas of this remarkable figure whose own search for God has profoundly shaped all of Western Christianity. Professor Philip Cary's organized and self-contained course explains any special religious or philosophical concepts you need to know in order to appreciate Augustine's impact, with real-life examples and analogies...
  2. Luther: Gospel, Law, and Reformation

    Luther: Gospel, Law, and Reformation

    Phillip Cary
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    This 24-lecture course explores Luther’s theology and the Reformation after he posted his famous 95 theses on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany in 1517. How did this late-medieval man launch the Protestant Reformation and help create the modern world? Is he hero or heretic, rebel or tormented soul? This course by Professor Phillip Cary of Eastern University will help you reach your own conclusions.
  3. History of Christian Theology Sale

    History of Christian Theology

    Phillip Cary
    Save up to $275.00 Starting at $49.95 $99.95 $49.95$99.95
    Who was Jesus? Did his promise of salvation apply to everyone or only a few? How could one participate in that promise? Questions like these have long been at the heart of Christianity and have led to debate and division. In The History of Christian Theology, investigate the many responses that Christian believers, scholars, and theologians have developed over more than 2,000 years. Throughout these 36 illuminating...
  4. Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition Sale

    Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $520.00 Starting at $94.95 $179.95 $94.95$179.95
    This course brings together 12 professors for 84 lectures on more than 60 of the most important thinkers in history. Enjoy the benefit of learning from the finest scholar-teachers active today while you study the key ideas of influential philosophers from the pre-Socratics to the Postmodernists. The curriculum is comprehensive, incisive, and thought-provoking—in short, an intellectual experience to be...
  5. Philosophy and Religion in the West

    Philosophy and Religion in the West

    Phillip Cary
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $374.95 $199.95$374.95
    This course examines how philosophy and religion have interacted throughout history on fundamental questions of religious belief, including the concepts of God, creation, sin, mercy, and redemption. Invoking the writing of the greatest Greek, Jewish, and Christian thinkers as well as "modern" philosophers such as Hume, Kant, Schleiermacher, and Nietzsche, this course casts new light on the entire...
  6. (Set) Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition & Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life  Set

    (Set) Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition & Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $549.90 Starting at $549.90 $1,074.90 $549.90$1,074.90
    Investigate profound life lessons and philosophical ideas in these two illuminating courses. Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition is a comprehensive survey of the history of Western philosophy from its origins in classical Greece to the present. Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life takes the underlying ideas of great written works and shows you how to put them to...
  7. (Set) Jewish Intellectual History/Philosophy and Religion in the West Set

    (Set) Jewish Intellectual History/Philosophy and Religion in the West

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $449.90 $329.90$449.90
  8. (Set)  Augustine: Philosopher and Saint & Old Testament Set

    (Set) Augustine: Philosopher and Saint & Old Testament

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $219.90 Starting at $219.90 $314.90 $219.90$314.90
  9. (Set) The History of Christianity: From the Disciples to the Dawn of the Reformation & History of Christian Theology   Set

    (Set) The History of Christianity: From the Disciples to the Dawn of the Reformation & History of Christian Theology

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Discover the rich past behind Christianity with this enlightening two-title set. In The History of Christianity: From the Disciples to the Dawn of the Reformation, you'll learn the phenomenal story of Christianity's first 1,500 years, in all its remarkable diversity and complex dimension. And in The History of Christian Theology, you'll look at the power of Christianity as both an intellectual discipline and a...
  10. (Set) History of Christian Theology & Story of the Bible  Set

    (Set) History of Christian Theology & Story of the Bible

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Get to the heart of the Christian faith with this illuminating two-course set that combines theological and biblical studies. In The History of Christian Theology, investigate the many responses that Christian believers, scholars, and theologians have developed over more than 2,000 years. In The Story of the Bible, learn about the many forms the Bible has taken; the ways history, scholarship, and technology have...
  11. (Set) Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition; Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition; & How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition  Set

    (Set) Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition; Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition; & How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,099.85 Starting at $1,099.85 $2,149.85 $1,099.85$2,149.85
    Explore the greatness of Western culture with this epic three-course set that surveys the best that our civilization's intellectual, literary, and musical traditions have to offer. Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition is a comprehensive survey of Western philosophy from its origins in classical Greece to the revolutionary views of the 20th century. Great Authors of the Western Literary...
  12. (Set) Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition/ No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life  Set

    (Set) Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition/ No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $479.90 Starting at $479.90 $954.90 $479.90$954.90
  13. (Set) Why Evil Exists & History of Christian Theology  Set

    (Set) Why Evil Exists & History of Christian Theology

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Delve into some of the world's most profound spiritual questions with this illuminating two-course set delivered by a pair of award-winning professors. Why Evil Exists probes intimately into how human beings have conceived of evil, how they've grappled with it, and how they've worked to oppose it. And The History of Christian Theology investigates the many spiritual questions that Christian believers, scholars, and...
  14. (Set) History of Christian Theology; Popes and the Papacy: A History & Story of the Bible  Set

    (Set) History of Christian Theology; Popes and the Papacy: A History & Story of the Bible

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $459.85 Starting at $459.85 $884.85 $459.85$884.85
    Enrich your understanding of Christianity in this thought-provoking, three-course set. In The History of Christian Theology, investigate the numerous responses that Christian believers, scholars, and theologians have developed over the last 2,000 years to questions about the faith. Popes and the Papacy: A History is designed to illuminate the inner workings of a remarkable religious institution that has had an...
  15. (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
  16. (Set) Skeptics and Believers & Philosophy and Religion in the West  Set

    (Set) Skeptics and Believers & Philosophy and Religion in the West

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
  17. (Set)  The Great Ideas of Humankind Set

    (Set) The Great Ideas of Humankind

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $3,754.40 Starting at $3,754.40 $3,754.40 $3,754.40$3,754.40
  18. (Set) Luther: Gospel, Law, and Reformation & History of Christianity in the Reformation Era  Set

    (Set) Luther: Gospel, Law, and Reformation & History of Christianity in the Reformation Era

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
  19. (Set) History of Christian Theology & Biblical Wisdom Literature  Set

    (Set) History of Christian Theology & Biblical Wisdom Literature

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Expand your understanding of the nature and practice of the Christian faith. In The History of Christian Theology, investigate the many responses that Christian believers, scholars, and theologians have developed over more than 2,000 years to profound questions of their faith. And in Biblical Wisdom Literature, explore the spiritual lessons in biblical books and works such as the book of Proverbs, the book of Job,...
  20. (Set) Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition & Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition & Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $649.90 Starting at $649.90 $1,324.90 $649.90$1,324.90
    Get a comprehensive look at more than 3,000 years of Western intellectual ideas and the profound philosophers who developed them. Start by surveying more than 60 of our intellectual tradition's greatest minds in Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition. Then, continue your exploration of Western philosophy with The Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition, in which you focus on the concepts and...
  21. (Set) Masters of Greek Thought & Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition  Set

    (Set) Masters of Greek Thought & Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $549.90 Starting at $549.90 $1,074.90 $549.90$1,074.90
    Meet some of Western philosophy's greatest thinkers and explore their undeniable impact on how we view and understand the world around us with this two-course set. Start with an engaging introduction to the three ancient thinkers who gave birth to our intellectual tradition in Masters of Greek Thought: Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle. Then, get a comprehensive survey of Western philosophy as it extends from its...
  22. (Set)  Life and Writings of C. S. Lewis & Augustine Set

    (Set) Life and Writings of C. S. Lewis & Augustine

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $179.90 Starting at $179.90 $269.90 $179.90$269.90
  23. (Set) History of Christian Theology & Philosophy of Religion  Set

    (Set) History of Christian Theology & Philosophy of Religion

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
  24. (Set) Mystical Tradition: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam & History of Christian Theology Set

    (Set) Mystical Tradition: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam & History of Christian Theology

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
  25. (Set) Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition & Skeptics and Believers  Set

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $549.90 Starting at $549.90 $1,074.90 $549.90$1,074.90
    Strengthen your understanding of history's most powerful and enduring philosophical ideas and issues with this illuminating two-course set. Start by surveying Western intellectual thought as it extends from its origins in classical Greece up through the dilemmas of the late 20th century in Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition. Continue with Skeptics and Believers: Religious Debate in the...
  26. (Set) St. Augustine's  Confessions  & Luther: Gospel, Law, and Reformation  Set

    (Set) St. Augustine's Confessions & Luther: Gospel, Law, and Reformation

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  27. (Set) Apocalypse: Controversies and Meaning in Western History & History of Christian Theology  Set

    (Set) Apocalypse: Controversies and Meaning in Western History & History of Christian Theology

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Go back in time and discover new ways to think about Western civilization. Start with The Apocalypse: Controversies and Meaning in Western History, which offers a close reading of the book of Revelation and explores the wide-ranging legacy of its content on both Christian and Western history. Then, place your newfound knowledge within the larger context of our early past with The Foundations of Western Civilization,...
  28. (Set) Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition & Power over People: Classical and Modern Political Theory  Set

    (Set) Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition & Power over People: Classical and Modern Political Theory

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $479.90 Starting at $479.90 $954.90 $479.90$954.90
    Uncover answers to some of Western philosophy's greatest questions in this two-course set filled with profound thinkers and their groundbreaking views. Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition is a comprehensive survey of Western philosophy from its origins in classical Greece to the revolutionary views of the 20th century. Power over People: Classical and Modern Political Theory places the key...
  29. (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...
  30. (Set)  Augustine: Philosopher and Saint & New Testament Set

    (Set) Augustine: Philosopher and Saint & New Testament

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $219.90 Starting at $219.90 $314.90 $219.90$314.90