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ORGANON

ORGANON
By Aristotle • Read by Peter Noble
Aristotle’s Organon comprises six key essays on logic, initially collected by Theophrastus, his successor as head of the Peripatetic school, and given its final form by Andronicus, some three centuries later.

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THE ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES OF THE PEACE

THE ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES OF THE PEACE
by John Maynard Keynes • Read by Jonathan Keeble
The Economic Consequences of the Peace (1919) was one of the most important documents to come out of World War 1 – specifically the period of the Armistice and the subsequent settlement negotiations. And, a century on, it remains of particular relevance to our times – an uncompromising and forthright analysis of how international diplomacy can be suffused by personalities, prejudices, personal ambition and outright, uncontrolled feelings of revenge.

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THE PROVINCIAL LADY IN AMERICA

THE PROVINCIAL LADY IN AMERICA
By E. M. Delafield • Read by Georgina Sutton
No one could have been more surprised than our Provincial Lady to receive an invitation from her American agent to travel transatlantic and embark upon a programme of lectures and signings. She was PARTICULARLY amazed because, having received an overture sometime before and feeling that she would rather stay in the English countryside, she requested that they meet quite a few ‘requirements’ before she would agree to go.

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THE ELEMENTS OF THEOLOGY

THE ELEMENTS OF THEOLOGY
By Proclus • Read by Peter Wickham
Proclus—or “Proclus of Athens” as he is sometimes known—is widely and rightly considered to be one of the most significant later Neoplatonist philosophers. At age 40 (c. 437 CE), or so, Proclus became Head of the revived Plato’s Academy in Athens. In his role for the next 50 years the unmarried Proclus worked hard, combining effectively the roles of administrator, teacher, and writer.

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THE THEORY OF MORAL SENTIMENTS

THE THEORY OF MORAL SENTIMENTS
By Adam Smith • Read by Michael Lunts

‘How selfish soever man may be supposed, there are evidently some principles in his nature, which interest him in the fortune of others, and render their happiness necessary to him, though he derives nothing from it except the pleasure of seeing it.’

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THREE DIALOGUES BETWEEN HYLAS AND PHILONOUS

THREE DIALOGUES BETWEEN HYLAS AND PHILONOUS
By Adam Smith • Jonathan Keeble and Peter Kenny
Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous in Opposition to Sceptics and Atheists was the final statement by the empiricist philosopher George Berkeley, Bishop of Coyne, (1685-1753) on his views concerning subjective idealism, couched in the famous statement ‘esse is percipi’ - to be is to be perceived (mixing Latin with a bit of English was Berkeley’s idiosyncracy!).

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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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