Thinking Aloud, Episode 3 --Philosophy



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Episode 3

Guest, Dr. David Brown, discusses the value of classical philosophy for the modern world.

Dr. Brown came to Lindenwood in 2000. He shortly thereafter created the B.A. in Philosophy and the Philosophy Department, which he chaired until 2018 when the department was combined with Religion. He has taught philosophy for over 25 years. His primary teaching goal is to give students the tools and information they need to make good decisions and have a good life. Dr. Brown won the Emerson Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2007 and the 2008 Lindy Award for Best Faculty Show for his World of Faith program broadcast on LUTV.

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Lindenwood University


Philosophy, Moral Questions, Politics, Logic, Metaphysics, Ethics, Cicero, Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, Rebellion, Love, Purpose of Life, Meaning of Life, Happiness, Philosophy of Science, Foundation of Knowing




Host Donald E Heidenreich, Jr (PhD, University of Missouri) has been a professor of history at Lindenwood University since August 2000 and teaches courses in the history, political science and international relations programs. His course load has included the international relations capstone class, IR 40100 Intelligence, Military and National Policy, impact of the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, American military History, and a class on the origins of World War One. In addition to his Ph.D. He has a Masters in history from the University of Arizona and a Bachelors in international relations and history from San Francisco State University.

Dr. Heidenreich has had published numerous pieces including: “Federalist Diplomacy and Military Activity, 1789-1801,“ The Routledge Handbook of American Military and Diplomatic History: The Colonial Period to 1877, “The Power to Regulate Land and Naval Forces.” The Powers of the U.S. Congress, “U.S. National Security and Party Politics: The Consensus on Louisiana, 1789-1803.” The Arkansas Historical Quarterly. He has also written numerous pieces on wars and treaties for various encyclopedia.

Dr. Heidenreich also served 22 years in the US Army Reserve and National Guard as an intelligence officer, an artillery officer, and finally as a historian before retiring as a Major in 2002. He was trained in counter intelligence in 1982 and then served in a number of tactical intelligence positions until 1994 when he took commanded of “C” Battery 1/128th Field Artillery from 1994-1996 and finally took command of the 135th Military History Detachment.

Thinking Aloud, Episode 3 --Philosophy