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A GENERAL INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOANALYSIS

physcoanlysisA GENERAL INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOANALYSIS

By Sigmund Freud
Read by Nigel Carrington
17 hours 36 minutes

This series of 28 lectures was given by Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), the founder of psychoanalysis, during the First World War, and first published in English in 1920. The purpose of this ‘General Introduction’ was to present his work and ideas – as they had matured at that point – to a general public; and even though there was to be considerable development and change over the ensuing years, these talks still offer a valuable and remarkably approachable entry point to his revolutionary concepts. Continue Reading →

A THEOLOGICO-POLITICAL TREATISE

A THEOLOGICO-POLITICAL TREATISE

By BARUCH SPINOZA
Read by Leighton Pugh
16 hours 4 minutes

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. Continue Reading →

AGAINST NATURE

AGAINST NATURE

By Joris-Karl Huysmans
Read Nicholas Boulton
7 hours 56 minutes

Against Nature (A Rebours) was one of the most shocking French novels of the 19th century. When it was published in 1884 it thrilled the aesthetes, the poets, and the intellectuals of Europe on both sides of the Channel, (notably Oscar Wilde) because for all its lofty tone, it had, as its core, an unbridled decadence; and it was just this same character that challenged, even horrified, established bourgeois society. Continue Reading →

AGRICOLA, GERMANIA, A DIALOGUE CONCERNING ORATORY

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AGRICOLA, GERMANIA, A DIALOGUE CONCERNING ORATORY

By Tacitus
Read by Leighton Pugh
4 hours 49 minutes

Leighton Pugh

These three vibrant texts show different sides of the Roman historian Tacitus (c56–c102 CE) best known for his principal (and much longer) legacies of  The Annals and The Histories. Agricola was a successful general and Governor of Britain (77-83CE), a task which he carried out with firmness and probity – in contrast to much of the corruption and repression in place during the reign of Emperor Domitian. Continue Reading →

AN ESSAY CONCERNING HUMAN UNDERSTANDING

AN ESSAY CONCERNING HUMAN UNDERSTANDING

By John Locke
Read by Leighton Pugh
30 hours 20 minutes

John Locke and his works – particularly An Essay Concerning Human Understanding – are regularly and rightly presented as foundations for the Age of Enlightenment. His primary epistemological message – that the mind at birth is a blank sheet waiting to be filled by the experiences of the senses – complemented his primary political message: that human beings are free and equal and have the right to envision, create and direct the governments that rule them and the societies within which they live. Continue Reading →

An Introduction to Schopenhauer’s The Wisdom of Life

the-wisdom-of-life-counsels-and-maximsAn Introduction to Schopenhauer’s The Wisdom of Life

By T. Bailey Saunders
Read by David Rintoul
42 minutes

 David Rintoul

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) was a key influence on a wide range of major 19th and 20th century figures who followed him  including Nietzsche, Schrödinger, Freud, Tolstoy, Wagner, Einstein, Thomas Mann, Jorge Luis Borges and Samuel Beckett. This was despite his reputation for being gloomy and pessimistic! Continue Reading →

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE PRINCIPLES OF MORALS AND LEGISLATION

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE PRINCIPLES OF MORALS AND LEGISLATION

By Jeremy Bentham
Read by Andrew Cullum
17 hours 4 minutes

Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832), the English philosopher, writer on law and political radical, was an extraordinary individual. His preserved body can still be seen seated in a case in the South Cloisters of University College, London – what he called an auto-icon. His most important legacy however is the ‘principle of utility’ – the greatest happiness of the greatest number: an ultimate measure of right and wrong. Continue Reading →

APOLOGIA and MEMORABILIA

APOLOGIA and MEMORABILIA

By Xenophon
Read by David Rintoul
4 hours 41 mins

Xenophon was a friend of Socrates and yet his concise  memories of the iconic philosopher have lived under the shadow of the more voluminous accounts by Plato. Yet Xenophon’s two works – Apology and Memorabilia – are, in many ways, more entertaining and more accessible, and they present a different view of the man who embodies a clear mind, temperate, ethical living, sharp intellect and humour. Continue Reading →

BEWARE OF PITY

BEWARE OF PITY

By Stefan Zweig
Read by Nicholas Boulton
14 hours 42 minutes

In the twilight of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, a young cavalry officer is invited to a dance at the home of a rich landowner. There – with a small act of attempted charity – he commits a simple faux pas. But from this seemingly insignificant blunder comes a tale of catastrophe arising from kindness, and of honour poisoned by self-regard. Beware of Pity has all the intensity and the formidable sense of torment and of character, of the very best of Zweig’s work. Sensitively read by Nicholas Boulton. Continue Reading →

BUDDENBROOKS

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BUDDENBROOKS

By Thomas Mann
Read by David Rintoul
26 hours 48 minutes

 David Rintoul

First published in 1900, when Thomas Mann was 25, Buddenbrooks is a minutely imagined chronicle of four generations of a North German mercantile family – a work so true to life that it scandalized the author’s former neighbours in his native Lübeck. Continue Reading →

CAPITAL Volume 1

CAPITAL Volume 1

By Karl Marx
Read by Derek Le Page
43 hours 04 minutes

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 Continue Reading →

CAPITAL Volume 2

CAPITAL Volume 2

By Karl Marx
Read by Derek Le Page
29 hours 34 minutes

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. Following Marx’s death in 1883, Engels was able to step into the breach and, drawing on Marx’s extensive notes and writings, complete Volume 2 of Capital, leading to its publication in 1885. Here, Marx turns his attention to the money owner, the money lender, the wholesale merchant, the trader and the entrepreneur or ‘functioning capitalist. Continue Reading →

CAPITAL Volume 3

CAPITAL Volume 3

By Karl Marx
Read by Derek Le Page
50 hours 4 minutes

After the detailed history and workings of the development of capitalism in Capital Volumes I and 2, Marx set out, in Capital Volume 3 to consider the future of capitalism, its direction and its inevitable fall from a series of crises and faults intrinsic to the system itself. Published in 1894, 11 years after the death of Marx himself, Capital Volume 3 was the product of the untiring and meticulous work of Friedrich Engels working from Marx’s outline and notes and carried the subtitle The Process of Capitalist Production as a Whole. Continue Reading →

CIVILIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS TOTEM AND TABOO

CIVILIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS

TOTEM AND TABOO

By Sigmund Freud
Read by Martyn Swain
9 hours 19 minutes

Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) is remembered as The Father of Psychoanalysis. Civilization and Its Discontents (1930), is one of his key works, written three decades after his seminal book – The Interpretation of Dreams. In it he considers the conflict between the needs of the individual acting both egotistically and altruistically in the pursuit of happiness contrasted with the myriad demands of civilized society and the ensuing tensions this clash of needs and demands generates. Continue Reading →

CONUNDRUM

CONUNDRUM

By Jan Morris
Read by Roy McMillan
5 hours 12 minutes

 

 

 

 

 

This remarkable memoir is the classic account of the transgender journey. It is all the more extraordinary because it is the life story of a figure who, it seemed, seamlessly, and publicly charted a course through the English establishment – James Morris, outstanding journalist, historian and travel writer, famed for a peerless writing style. But all the while he was concealing a very different inner world: from the age of four he felt that, despite his body, he was really a girl. Continue Reading →

CRITIQUE OF JUDGEMENT

CRITIQUE OF JUDGEMENT

By Immanuel KANT
Read by Michael Lunts
15 hours 10 minutes

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. Continue Reading →

CRITIQUE OF PRACTICAL REASON

CRITIQUE OF PRACTICAL REASON

By Immanuel KANT
Read by Michael Lunts
7 hours 6 minutes

Michael Lunts

The Critique of Practical Reason was published in 1788, seven years after his major work, Critique of Pure Reason. In it, Kant sets out his moral philosophy – and it proved a seminal text in the history of the subject. Continue Reading →

DAPHNIS AND CHLOE

DAPHNIS AND CHLOE

By LONGUS
Read by Nicholas Boulton
2 hours 47 minutes

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. Will aggressive forces and rival suitors prevent a natural consummation and happy conclusion? Continue Reading →

DIARY OF A PROVINCIAL LADY

diary-of-a-provincial-ladyDIARY OF A PROVINCIAL LADY

By E. M. Delafield
Read by Georgina Sutton
5 hours 22 minutes

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‘Lady B. stays to tea. (Mem.: Bread-and-butter too thick. Speak to Ethel.) We talk some more about bulbs, the Dutch School of Painting, our Vicar’s wife, sciatica, and All Quiet on the Western Front. (Query: Is it possible to cultivate the art of conversation when living in the country all the year round?)’ If the question suggests a qualified answer, there is no doubt that the art of diary writing is alive and well and very, very funny in Devonshire in the 1920s. Continue Reading →

DISCOURSE ON METAPHYSICS ON THE ULTIMATE ORIGIN OF THINGS

DISCOURSE ON METAPHYSICS ON THE ULTIMATE ORIGIN OF THINGS

By Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
Read by Charles Armstrong
5 hours 15 minutes

This Leibniz collection contains some of the philosopher’s most important works and ideas, spans three decades and illuminates the fascinating intellectual journey undertaken by him in his quest for truth. A prodigious polymath, Leibniz was a mathematician, philosopher, physicist and statesman and engaged with a sweeping range of ideas and disciplines, striving throughout his life to be at the cutting edge of scientific thinking. These Principal Essays are arranged in chronological order. Continue Reading →