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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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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 WORLD AS WILL AND IDEA Volume 1

THE WORLD AS WILL AND IDEA Volume 1
By Arthur Schopenhauer • Read by Leighton Pugh
Schopenhauer was just 30 when his magnum opus, Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung, a work of considerable learning and innovation of thought, first appeared in 1818. Much to his chagrin and puzzlement, (so convinced was he of its merits) it didn’t have an immediate effect on European philosophy, views and culture. It was only decades later that it was recognised as one of the major intellectual landmarks of the 19th century.

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THE WORLD AS WILL AND IDEA VOLUME 2

THE WORLD AS WILL AND IDEA Volume 2
By Arthur Schopenhauer • Read by Leighton Pugh
The original edition of The World as Will and Idea appeared in 1818 but in 1844 Schopenhauer published an expanded version. It contained the Criticism of the Kantian Philosophy, a lengthy document; and Supplements to the First Book (The Doctrine of the Idea of Perception) and the Second Book (The Doctrine of Perception or Knowledge Of The Understanding).

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THE WORLD AS WILL AND IDEA Volume 3

THE WORLD AS WILL AND IDEA Volume 3
By Arthur Schopenhauer • Read by Leighton Pugh
In this final part to Schopenhauer’s momentous and hugely influential work, his original and wide-ranging observations are as lively as ever. Though cast as a ‘pessimist’ by history, he is anything but that to read - and listen to. Here are the last supplementary comments his original work (published 1818), the fruit of decades of further reflection.

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THE PRAISE OF FOLLY / AGAINST WAR

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THE PRAISE OF FOLLY / AGAINST WAR
By Desiderius Erasmus • Read by Georgina Sutton, Leighton Pugh
Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam (1466-1536) was known as Prince of the Humanists – though a theologian, a Catholic priest and the leading European scholar of his time. A close friend of Sir Thomas More, Erasmus’s writings had a strong influence on the growing movement for change in Christian Europe, both Lutheran and the Counter-Reformation.

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THE LETTERS OF PLINY THE YOUNGER

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THE LETTERS OF PLINY THE YOUNGER
By Pliny the Younger • Read by Leighton Pugh
Pliny the Younger (61 CE -c113 CE) was a well-connected official in the Rome of the 1st century, and it is through his ten Books of letters that we have one of the liveliest and most informal pictures of the period. As a lawyer and magistrate he rose through the senate to become consul in 100 AD, and therefore corresponded with leading figures including the historian Tacitus, the biographer Suetonius, the philosophers Artemidorus and Euphrates the Stoic and most notably the Emperor Trajan.

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AGRICOLA, GERMANIA, A DIALOGUE CONCERNING ORATORY

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AGRICOLA, GERMANIA, A DIALOGUE CONCERNING ORATORY
By Tacitus • Read by 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.

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THE SORRROWS OF YOUNG WERTHER

THE SORRROWS OF YOUNG WERTHER

THE SORRROWS OF YOUNG WERTHER
By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe • Read by Leighton Pugh
Werther, a sensitive young artist, finds himself in Wahlheim, a quiet attractive village in Germany where he seeks solace from the turmoils of love. It is a ‘young spring’ and he hopes that arcadian solitude will prove ‘a genial balm’ to his mind.

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