The history of philosophy is explored in a series of core questions that have shaped human reflection for the last 5,000 years.


  1. What the hell happened?

The first lecture, "What the Hell Happened" lays the foundation for the series by exploring the pre-history of human society and the first known occurrence of philosophical reflection in the Epic of Gilgamesh.


2. What the Hell is Going On?

This lecture by Wesley Cecil PhD. explores the intellectual changes represented by the work of the early Greek Materialists like Thales, Democritus, Epicurus and finally Euclid. Also explores the shift from a Mytho-poetic outlook to one based on reason.

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3. How Should People Live?

An exploration of the birth of ethics in the Ancient Greek world and how this has created a series of problems that we face in our everyday lives. Presented by Wesley Cecil, PhD. at FinnRiver Cidery in Chimacum Washington.

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4. How Should we Govern?

This lecture explores how governments and communities create a sense of belonging and meaning. Delivered by Wesley Cecil PhD. at FinnRiver Cidery.

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5. Why was the past so great?

An exploration of Confucianism and the Chinese philosophical tradition that focuses on the respect for history within the context of a coherent geo-political environment. Note: The sound is a little weird because the rain was so loud I had to heavily compress/eq the recording to make it listenable.

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6. What can we learn from nature?

This lectures explores Taoism by focusing on the central role nature plays as a guideline to clear thinking and correct living. Delivered by Wesley Cecil PhD. at FinnRiver Cidery in Chimacum Washington.

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