This site exists to preserve the teachings of Dr. Rick Roderick. The lectures are transcribed, annotated and accompanied by embedded youtube videos and download links. Feel free to report any errors in the comments; no registrations, signups or robot checks are required.
Rick Roderick was born in Abilene, Texas on June 16, 1949, and received his bachelor’s degree at University of Texas, Austin, Texas. He did post-graduate work at Baylor University, and earned his Ph. D. at University of Texas, Austin, Texas. From 1977 to 1978, he was the editor of the Baylor Philosophy Journal, and from 1977 to 1979 he was a member of the Phi Sigma Tau National Honor Society of Philosophy. He was the recipient of the Oldright Fellowship at the University of Texas and served as associate editor to The Pawn Review, and Current Perspectives in Social Theory. He was the undergraduate director of the Duke Marxism and Society Program. He is the author of the book Habermas and the Foundation of Critical Theory (1986), as well as numerous articles in professional journals. He has presented over 24 papers, and published 13 reviews and literary criticisms. From 1977 to 1993, he taught Philosophy, first at Baylor, then University of Texas and then at Duke University.
His areas of specialization were Marx and Marxism, Social and Political philosophy, Critical Theory (Habermas and the Frankfurt School), 19th Century Philosophy, and Contemporary Continental Philosophy. He also taught Ethics, Logic, History of Modern Philosophy, Aesthetics and Existentialism.
He was a four-time nominee for the Alumni Undergraduate Distinguished Professor Teaching Award and has been recognized by the Smithsonian Institute as the best teacher in his field. His “The Philosophy of Human Values” lecture series has been the best selling videotape in the history of academia. He has been published in five countries. His “Habermas and the Foundations of Critical Theory” is an internationally recognized standard in the field. His work has been studied and reviewed worldwide–India, China, Denmark, Germany, etc.
Rick was controversially denied tenure at Duke University in 1993. Very little is known about the circumstances or what happened next. He died on January 18, 2002 of congestive heart failure.
I hope you enjoy these lectures as much as I do… I have listened to them countless times. As the years go by they only become more poignant and eerily prophetic. Bear in mind that the internet and smart phones did not exist when these lectures were recorded.
Lecture One: Socrates and the Life of Inquiry
Lecture Two: Epicureans, Stoics, Skeptics
Lecture Three: Kant and the Path to Enlightenment
Lecture Four: Mill on Liberty
Lecture Five: Hegel and Modern Life
Lecture Six: Nietzsche: Knowledge and Belief
Lecture Seven: Kierkegaard and the Contemporary Spirit
Lecture Eight: Philosophy and Postmodern Culture
Lecture One: Nietzsche as Myth and Mythmaker
Lecture Two: Nietzsche on Truth and Lie
Lecture Three: Nietzsche as Master of Suspicion and Immoralist
Lecture Four: The Death of God
Lecture Five: The Eternal Recurrence
Lecture Six: The Will to Power
Lecture Seven: Nietzsche as Artist
Lecture Eight: Nietzsche’s Progeny
Lecture One: The Masters of Suspicion
Lecture Two: Heidegger and the Rejection of Humanism
Lecture Three: Sartre and the Roads to Freedom
Lecture Four: Marcuse and One-Dimensional Man
Lecture Five: Habermas and the Fragile Dignity of Humanity
Lecture Six: Foucault and the Disappearance of the Human
Lecture Seven: Derrida and the Ends of Man
Lecture Eight: Fatal Strategies