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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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ON THE ENDS OF GOOD AND EVIL

ON THE ENDS OF GOOD AND EVIL
Marcus Tullius Cicero • Read by Derek Le Page
Towards the end of his life, and his career as one of the leading politicians and orators in Rome, Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BCE-43 BCE) was exiled to his country house. It was a time of political turmoil in the capital of the Empire caused by the power-grab of Julius Caesar. In the quiet of the countryside, Cicero began to write on philosophy.

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THE INTERPRETATION OF DREAMS

THE INTERPRETATION OF DREAMS
By Sigmund Freud • Read by Derek Le Page
The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud is one of the most significant books of the 20th century. Though dreams and their role in human consciousness have been a continuing thread in religion and art and life down the centuries, Freud’s look at the subject through the prism of his emerging practice and study of psychoanalysis provided a startlingly new and challenging perspective.

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THREE ESSAYS ON THE THEORY OF SEXUALITY, BEYOND THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE, THE EGO AND THE ID

THREE ESSAYS ON THE THEORY OF SEXUALITY, BEYOND THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE, THE EGO AND THE ID
By Sigmund Freud • Read by Derek Le Page
Here are three key works by Sigmund Freud which, published in the first decades of the 20th century, underpinned his developing views and had such a dramatic effect on world society. In the uncompromising Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality (1905) he declared that ‘sexual aberrations’ are not limited to the insane but exist in ‘normal’ people to a greater or lesser degree.

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THE PSYCHOPATHOLOGY OF EVERYDAY LIFE

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THE PSYCHOPATHOLOGY OF EVERYDAY LIFE
By Sigmund Freud • Read by Derek Le Page
The Psychopathology of Everyday Life, which appeared first in 1901 and was then expanded in a series of subsequent editions, has proved to be one of Freud’s most popular works, and one of his most influential during his lifetime. It was here that he proposed that many slips and errors of memory common to the average man in everyday life actually signals unconscious issues that beset the individual, and, if examined, can be extremely revealing. Freud opens the work with the following statement: ‘During the year 1898 I published a short essay on the Psychic Mechanism of Forgetfulness. I shall now repeat its contents and take it as a starting-point for further discussion.

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UTILITARIANISM • ON LIBERTY

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UTILITARIANISM • ON LIBERTY
By John Stuart Mill • Read by Derek Le Page
John Stuart Mill (1808-1873) was a torch-bearer for liberal thought in the 19th century: liberty of the individual, freedom of speech, a champion for women’s suffrage in Parliament. A remarkable man - he learnt Greek aged three, and by eight had read Herodotus, Xenophon and Plato - he campaigned all his life for a just society.

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