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THE SOCRATIC DIALOGUES – EARLY PERIOD VOLUME 1

THE SOCRATIC DIALOGUES – EARLY PERIOD VOLUME 1

The Apology • Crito • Charmenides • Laches • Lysis • Euthyphro • Menexenus • Ion

By Plato • Multi-Voice Production - Read by David Rintoul as Socrates and cast
Here are the Socratic Dialogues presented as Plato designed them to be – living discussions between friends and protagonists, with the personality of Socrates himself coming alive as he deals with a host of subjects, from justice and inspiration to courage, poetry and the gods. Plato’s Socratic Dialogues provide a bedrock for classical Western philosophy. For centuries they have been read, studied and discussed via the flat pages of books, but the ideal medium for them is the spoken word.

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THE SOCRATIC DIALOGUES – EARLY PERIOD VOLUME 2

THE SOCRATIC DIALOGUES – EARLY PERIOD VOLUME 2

Gorgias • Protagoras • Meno • Euthydemus • Lesser Hippias • Greater Hippias

By Plato • Multi-Voice Production - Read by David Rintoul as Socrates and cast
Here, in this second collection of Socratic Dialogues from Plato’s Early Period, read by David Rintoul as Socrates with a full cast, are contrasting six works. Often, as with Gorgias, which opens the recording, Socrates combats the popular subjects of sophistry and rhetoric, in direct conversation with Gorgias (a leading spophist teacher), and with one of his pupils, Callicles.

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THE SOCRATIC DIALOGUES – MIDDLE PERIOD VOLUME 1

THE SOCRATIC DIALOGUES – MIDDLE PERIOD VOLUME 1

Symposium • Theaetetus • Phaedo

By Plato • Multi-Voice Production - Read by David Rintoul as Socrates, Hugh Ross (Symposium) and cast
Here are three important but very different Dialogues from the Middle Period. SYMPOSIUM, the most well-known in this collection, is concerned with the theme of love. In the house of Agathon, a group of friends – each very different in personality and background – meet to consider and discuss various kinds of love.

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THE SOCRATIC DIALOGUES – MIDDLE PERIOD VOLUME 2

THE SOCRATIC DIALOGUES – MIDDLE PERIOD VOLUME 2

Phaedrus • Cratylus • Parmenides

By Plato • Multi-Voice Production - Read by David Rintoul as Socrates, Laurence Kennedy (Parmenides) and cast
The remarkable range of Plato’s Socratic Dialogues is vividly demonstrated by these three works. It opens with Phaedrus, a highly personal discussion between Socrates (David Rintoul) and the young, love-struck Phaedrus (Gunnar Cauthery).

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THE SOCRATIC DIALOGUES – MIDDLE PERIOD VOLUME 3

THE SOCRATIC DIALOGUES – MIDDLE PERIOD VOLUME 3

The Republic

Read by David Rintoul as Socrates
The Republic is perhaps the single most important, the most studied and the most quoted text of all Plato’s Socratic Dialogues. Through the medium of Socrates, Plato outlines his view and ideas concerning the ideal working of the city state.

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THE SOCRATIC DIALOGUES – LATE PERIOD VOLUME 1

THE SOCRATIC DIALOGUES – LATE PERIOD VOLUME 1

Timaeus • Sophist • Critias • Statesman • Philebus

David Rintoul as Socrates, with David Timson, Peter Kenny and full cast
These five very different Socratic Dialogues date from Plato’s later period when he was revisiting his early thoughts and conclusions and showing a willingness for revision.

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THE WISDOM OF LIFE, COUNSELS AND MAXIMS

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THE WISDOM OF LIFE, COUNSELS AND MAXIMS
By Arthur Schopenhauer • Read by David Rintoul
Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) was one of the most influential philosophers of the 19th century because his humanistic, atheistic if pessimistic views chimed with a new secularism that was emerging from a Western society dominated by religion. Despite his rather forbidding image, (and a few outdated views) he is one of the most approachable of German philosophers and this is certainly evident in these two key works, The Wisdom of Life and Counsels and Maxims

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THE CONSOLATION OF PHILOSOPHY

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THE CONSOLATION OF PHILOSOPHY
By Anicius Manlius Severinus BOETHIUS • Read by David Rintoul
The Consolation of Philosophy is one of the key works in the rich tradition of Western philosophy, partly because of the circumstances in which it was written. Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius (c480-c524) was of aristocratic Roman birth and became consul and then Master of Offices at Ravenna, one of the highest posts under the Ostrogothic Roman ruler Theodoric.

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BUDDENBROOKS

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BUDDENBROOKS
By Thomas Mann • Read by 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.

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