THE GENERAL THEORY OF EMPLOYMENT, INTEREST, AND MONEY

THE GENERAL THEORY OF EMPLOYMENT, INTEREST, AND MONEY
by John Maynard Keynes • Read by Jonathan Keeble
Keynes’ The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money remains, approaching a century after it first appeared, one of the most important documents on economics, along with Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations and Karl Marx’s Capital. Hugely important for much of the 20th century, the General Theory was seemingly overtaken by monetarists but won a new, enduring respect among a new generation of economists and politicians following the financial difficulties which began in 2007/8.

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AN ESSAY CONCERNING HUMAN UNDERSTANDING

AN ESSAY CONCERNING HUMAN UNDERSTANDING
by John Locke • Read by Leighton Pugh
John Locke and his works – particularly An Essay Concerning Human Understanding – are regularly and rightly presented as foundations for the Age of Enlightenment.

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ELEMENTS OF THE PHILOSOPHY OF RIGHT

ELEMENTS OF THE PHILOSOPHY OF RIGHT
by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel • Read by Jonathan Booth
Elements of The Philosophy of Right, a key work in the output of Georg Wilhelm Hegel (1770-1831), appeared in 1820 – and was arguably his last major publication. His intention was to state his views on the philosophy of law, political and social theory, and ethics.

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FORMATIVE EARLY WRITINGS

FORMATIVE EARLY WRITINGS
By Karl Marx • Read by Derek Le Page
Though Karl Marx is best known for Capital and The Communist Manifesto, his revolutionary thoughts and ideas had developed over decades spent in study, discussion and association with a variety of organisations throughout Europe and the US, intent on challenging the establishment order. These six, very different, texts show how Marx’s ideas evolved and how increasingly fierce his views became.

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CAPITAL Volume 1

CAPITAL Volume 1
By Karl Marx • Read by Derek Le Page
It can be said of very few books that the world was changed as a result of its publication – but this is certainly the case of Capital, Critique of Political Economy by Karl Marx (1818-1883). Volume 1 appeared (in German) in 1867, and the two subsequent volumes appeared at later dates after the author’s death – completed to extensive notes left by Marx himself.

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CAPITAL Volume 2

CAPITAL Volume 2
By Karl Marx • Read by Derek Le Page
It was the close friendship and professional association between Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels that enabled Marx’s full vision presented in Capital: A Critique of Political Economy to come to fruition.

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A THEOLOGICO-POLITICAL TREATISE

A THEOLOGICO-POLITICAL TREATISE
By BARUCH SPINOZA • Read by Leighton Pugh
Though it first aroused anger and controversy rather than admiration and acceptance, A Theologico-Political Treatise was a landmark in the analysis of theology (with particular reference to the Bible and its Jewish and Christian interpretations) and its relationship to philosophy and politics. Spinoza’s scholarly analysis, based on careful study, demonstrated that the Bible was composed by many writers over the centuries – and that even the Pentateuch, the first five books, were not the work of Moses as was generally assumed at the time.

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THE THIRTEEN PRINCIPAL UPANISHADS

THE THIRTEEN PRINCIPAL UPANISHADS
By Anonymous • Read by SAGAR ARYA
The Upanishads are mankind's oldest works of philosophy, predating the earliest Greek philosophy. They are the concluding part of the Vedas, the ancient Indian sacred literature, and mark the culmination of a tradition of speculative thought first expressed in the Rig-Veda more than 4000 years ago.

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DAPHNIS AND CHLOE

DAPHNIS AND CHLOE
By LONGUS • Read by Nicholas Boulton
Daphnis and Chloe is one of the most engaging and gently erotic stories to emerge from the ancient worlds of Greece and Rome. It is a pastoral tale, telling of a boy and a girl, both abandoned (but separately) as babies on nearby hillsides; one becomes a goatherd, the other a shepherdess and a mutual attraction arises as they move from childhood to adolescence and to the slow discovery of desire.

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CRITIQUE OF JUDGEMENT

THE GAY SCIENCE

CRITIQUE OF JUDGEMENT
By IMMANUEL KANT • Read by Michael Lunts
Kant’s Critique of Judgement is the third and final part of his series of Critiques, which began with Critique of Pure Reason and continued with Critique of Practical Reason. The Critique of Judgement was published in 1790, and is divided into two parts, the Critique of Aesthetic Judgement and the Critique of Teleological Judgement.

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