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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38 Courses and Sets

  1. (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 $1,074.90 Starting at $1,074.90 $1,074.90 $1,074.90$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...
  2. (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...
  3. (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 $1,074.90 Starting at $1,074.90 $1,074.90 $1,074.90$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...
  4. (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,...
  5. (Set) Ethics of Aristotle/Great Minds of the West Set

    (Set) Ethics of Aristotle/Great Minds of the West

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $439.90 Starting at $439.90 $439.90 $439.90$439.90

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  6. (Set)  Augustine: Philosopher and Saint & Old Testament Set

    (Set) Augustine: Philosopher and Saint & Old Testament

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

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  7. (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
  8. (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...
  9. (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 $954.90 Starting at $954.90 $954.90 $954.90$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...
  10. (Set) Luther: Gospel, Law, and Reformation & History of Christianity in the Reformation Era  Set on sale

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $554.00 Starting at $44.90 $629.90 $44.90$629.90
  11. (Set) Philosophy of Religion & Philosophy and Religion in the West  Set

    (Set) Philosophy of Religion & Philosophy and Religion in the West

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
  12. (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
  13. (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 $329.90 $329.90$329.90
  14. (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,...
  15. (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 $954.90 Starting at $954.90 $954.90 $954.90$954.90
  16. (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
  17. (Set) History of Christian Theology & Jesus and the Gospels  Set

    (Set) History of Christian Theology & Jesus and the Gospels

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Who was Jesus? How do the canonic Gospels and apocryphal narratives help us better understand his life and teachings? Discover the answers with this two-course set. In The History of Christian Theology, investigate the many responses that Christian believers and scholars have developed to more than 2,000 years of questions about the faith. Then, in Jesus and the Gospels, explore the various depictions of Jesus that...
  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 $399.90 $399.90$399.90
    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.