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INTRODUCTION TO CLASSICAL CHINESE PHILOSOPHY

INTRODUCTION TO CLASSICAL CHINESE PHILOSOPHY

by Bryan W. Van Norden
Read by Brian Nishii

11 hours 09 minutes

‘This book is an introduction in the very best sense of the word. It provides the beginner with an accurate, sophisticated yet, accessible account, and offers new insights and challenging perspectives to those who have a more specialised knowledge.’ – Lee H. Yearley, Walter Y. Evans-Wentz Professor, Religious Studies, Stanford University. In fact, Van Norden’s ‘Introduction to Classical Chinese Philosophy’ is evidently also of increasing importance in balancing our 21st century view of philosophy in general. Continue Reading →

SUMMA THEOLOGICA VOLUME 4 PART III (TERTIA PARS)

SUMMA THEOLOGICA VOLUME 4 PART III (TERTIA PARS)


By Thomas Aquinas

Read by Martyn Swain
47 hours 52 minutes

Summa Theologica Part III (Tertia Pars) is Volume 4 in Ukemi Audiobooks’ complete recording of Thomas Aquinas’s momentous work on Christian theology and philosophy. Born in Sicily in 1225, he was a friar in the Dominican Order, but during his lifetime he was recognized as a leading figure through his writings as a philosopher, theologian and jurist. He was the first major Christian theologian to absorb the ideas of Aristotle, Averroes and other non-Christian figures, a stance that made him a target for criticism. Continue Reading →

REFLECTIONS ON VIOLENCE

REFLECTIONS ON VIOLENCE

By Georges Sorel
Read by Charles Armstrong
8 hours 41 minutes

More than a century after Reflections on Violence first appeared (1908) it remains a remarkably controversial essay. The concept of violence as a means to an end (social, religious, political or for aggrandisement) is hugely challenging as a philosophical subject – yet it is, of course, universally (and frequently) pursued. The French thinker and political theorist Georges Sorel (1847-1922), fired up by his interest in Marxism and his anger at the injustice of the Dreyfus case, faced this challenge and in the seven chapters of Reflections on Violence he explored the question. Continue Reading →

CRITIQUE OF PURE REASON

CRITIQUE OF PURE REASON

By Immanuel KANT
Read by Michael Lunts
27 hours 38 minutes

Michael Lunts

Immanuel Kant’s ‘Critique of Pure Reason’ can lay claim to being the most important single work of modern philosophy, a work whose methodology, if not necessarily always its conclusions, has had a profound influence on almost all subsequent philosophical discourse. In this work Kant addresses, in a ground-breaking elucidation of the nature of reason, the age-old question of philosophy: “How do we know what we know?” and the limits of what it is that we can know with certainty. Continue Reading →

EARLY GREEK PHILOSOPHY

EARLY GREEK PHILOSOPHY

The Pre-Socratics
By John Burnet
Read by Jonathan Booth
9 hours 50 minutes

 

In his Introduction to Early Greek Philosophy, John Burnet points out the particular focus of the Pre-Socratics on the ‘cosmological’ character of their enquiries. They determined, he explains, to look into the natural world around them. The period can be said to mark the rise of scientific enquiry epitomised by the Atomists, and the mathematicians of the Pythagorean School. It was this focus on natural phenomena that set the pattern for the activity that became known as philosophy. Continue Reading →

THE SPHERE AND DUTIES OF GOVERNMENT

THE SPHERE AND DUTIES OF GOVERNMENT

By Wilhelm von Humboldt
Read by Derek Le Page

8 hours 36 minutes

Wilhelm von Humboldt (1767-1835) now lives under the shadow cast by his more famous brother Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859, naturalist, explorer, geographer and much else) but Wilhelm was an important figure in Prussian-German history in his own right. He contributed considerably through his work as a diplomat, educationalist (he was one of the principal founders of the Humboldt University of Berlin), philologist and linguist. Continue Reading →

MATTER AND MEMORY

MATTER AND MEMORY

By Henri Bergson
Read by Michael Lunts
9 hours 13 minutes

Matter and Memory, (Matière et Mémoire) published in 1896, was the second book written by Henri Bergson (1859-1941), one of the leading French philosophers of his age. It followed Time and Free Will (1889) and helped to establish him as a major force in anti-mechanistic thought, opposing the trend towards uncompromisingly secular and scientific views. However, when Matter and Memory appeared Bergson was 39 and had yet to become the hugely influential figure he became in the first decades of the 20th century. Continue Reading →

THE DECLINE OF THE WEST

THE DECLINE OF THE WEST

By Oswald Spengler
Read by Peter Wickham
56 hours 49 minutes

The Decline of the West – Volume 1 published in 1917, Volume 2 in 1922 – has exercised and challenged opinion ever since. It was a huge undertaking by Oswald Spengler (1880-1936), formerly an unpublished historian and philosopher who set out to radically reconsider history – the rise and fall of world civilisations and their cultures. His primary view was to reject the established Eurocentric paradigm (Ancient/Classical, Medieval – and, following the Renaissance – Modern) and to take a totally new perspective. Continue Reading →

PHILOSOPHICAL INVESTIGATIONS

PHILOSOPHICAL INVESTIGATIONS

By Ludwig Wittgenstein

Read by Jonathan Booth
9 hours 34 minutes

 

Philosophical Investigations – a landmark in 20th century philosophy – was published in 1953, two years after the death of its author. In the Preface written in Cambridge in 1945 where he was professor of philosophy he states: ‘Four years ago I had occasion to re-read my first book (the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus) and to explain its ideas to someone. Continue Reading →

PROLEGOMENA

PROLEGOMENA

TO ANY FUTURE METAPHYSICS THAT WILL BE ABLE TO PRESENT ITSELF AS A SCIENCE

By Immanuel KANT
Read by Michael Lunts
5 hours 45 minutes

Michael Lunts
Kant’s Prolegomena, although a small book, is without doubt the most important of his writings, writes the translator, Paul Carus. Prolegomena means, literally, prefatory or introductory remarks and it furnishes us with a key to his main work, The Critique of Pure Reason; in fact, it is an extract containing all the salient ideas of Kant’s system. Continue Reading →

THE ARCHETYPES AND THE COLLECTIVE UNCONSCIOUS

THE ARCHETYPES AND THE COLLECTIVE UNCONSCIOUSTHE ARCHETYPES AND THE COLLECTIVE UNCONSCIOUS

By C.G Jung
Read by Martyn Swain
13 hours 44 minutes
 

What are Archetypes? What is the Collective Unconscious? Both these concepts are two of Jung’s most famous and exciting ideas. In this volume, taken from the Collective Works, Jung describes and elaborates upon these two central concepts of his psychology. Included are essays on specific archetypes, a study of the process of individuation, and an account of mandala symbolism. Continue Reading →

THE NOTEBOOKS OF MALTE LAURIDS BRIGGE

THE NOTEBOOKS OF MALTE LAURIDS BRIGGE

By Rainer Maria Rilke
Read by Jamie Parker
8 hours 9 minutes

This remarkable book is the only novel by Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), the greatest German-language poet of his time. It is, in a sense, a true curiosity – dark and intense – and possesses, not surprisingly, strong elements of autobiography. The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge (Die Aufzeichnungen des Malte Laurids Brigge), has even been described as an anti-novel. Continue Reading →

THE UNDISCOVERED SELF

THE UNDISCOVERED SELF

By C.G Jung
Read by David Rintoul
2 hours 30 minutes

 David Rintoul

In The Undiscovered Self Jung explains the essence of his teaching for a readership unfamiliar with his ideas. He highlights the importance of individual responsibility and freedom in the context of today’s mass society, and argues that individuals must organize themselves as effectively as the organized mass if they are to resist joining it. Continue Reading →

THE LAYS OF MARIE DE FRANCE

THE LAYS OF MARIE DE FRANCE

Translated by Edward J. Gallagher

Read by Georgina Sutton, David Rintoul
5 hours and 6 minutes

The 12 Lays of Marie de France offer one of the most striking collections of short narrative poems of the 12th century – two centuries before Chaucer.  Written in Anglo-French, they contain beguiling and entertaining stories of love and romance, of chivalry and adventure with, sometimes, even a magical twist. They are especially unique in early literature by being ascribed to a female poet, Marie de France: in the very first Lay – Guigemar – is the introductory line: ‘Hear my Lords, what Marie says, who does not wish to be forgotten in her time.’ Continue Reading →

PSYCHOLOGY OF THE UNCONSCIOUS

PSYCHOLOGY OF THE UNCONSCIOUS

By C.G Jung
Read by Martyn Swain
16 hours 31 minutes
 

Published first in 1912, Psychology of the Unconscious was one of the most important stepping stones in the development of Jung’s thought and practice. It has a long subtitle: ‘A Study of the Transformations and Symbolisms of the Libido. A Contribution to the History of the Evolution of Thought’. This expressed the underlying impetus – a break from the view of the libido and its functions as taught by Sigmund Freud, which Jung had earlier adopted. Continue Reading →

LANGUAGE, TRUTH AND LOGIC

LANGUAGE, TRUTH AND LOGIC

By A. J. AYER
Read by Michael Lunts
6 hours 43 minutes

Michael Lunts

The front cover of the second edition of Language, Truth and Logic carried this statement in capital letters: ‘THE CLASSIC TEXT WHICH FOUNDED LOGICAL POSITIVISM – AND MODERN BRITISH PHILOSOPHY.’ It was a bold statement, but the book, first published in 1936 when A. J. Ayer was just 25 and a lecturer on philosophy at Christ Church, Oxford, drew unstinting praise from leading figures in the field, including Bertrand Russell. Continue Reading →

THE ENGLISH CONSTITUTION

THE ENGLISH CONSTITUTION

By Walter Bagehot
Read by Peter Wickham
11 hours 20 minutes

Though published in 1867 when the British Empire was approaching its height, Walter Bagehot’s essay The English Constitution is not only one of the great political classics but is also an unquestionably relevant document for our times. Despite the passing of over 150 years, despite huge changes in enfranchisement, in attitudes, and in world order, this fascinating document prompts us to re-evaluate the process of government – wherever we live. And what is more, it is written with grace, elegance – and wit! Continue Reading →

ENQUIRY CONCERNING POLITICAL JUSTICE And its Influence on Morals and Happiness

ENQUIRY CONCERNING POLITICAL JUSTICE

And its Influence on Morals and Happiness

By William Godwin
Read by Michael Lunts
27 hours 49 minutes

Michael Lunts

Enquiry Concerning Political Justice and Its Influence on Morals and Happiness by William Godwin (1756-1836) was first published in February 1793, the month following the execution of Louis XVI of France. It proved to be immediately popular and influential. Godwin, the son of a Calvinist preacher, was educated at Hoxton Academy, after which, he became a minister to a dissenter congregation in Ware. Continue Reading →

KANT AND THE PROBLEM OF METAPHYSICS

KANT AND THE PROBLEM OF METAPHYSICS

By Martin Heidegger
Read by Martyn Swain
8 hours 9 minutes

In 1929 Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) published his remarkable book, Kant and the Problem of Metaphysics. The Kantbuch, as Heidegger often called it, is regarded by many as a vital supplement to the unfinished second part of Heidegger’s most influential work, Being and Time, which was published two years earlier in 1927. Continue Reading →

SUMMA THEOLOGICA Volume 2 Part I of Part II (Prima Secundae)

SUMMA THEOLOGICA Volume 2 Part I of Part II (Prima Secundae)

By Thomas Aquinas
Read by Martyn Swain
48 hours 32 minutes

Summa Theologica consists of three main Parts. The second Part is divided two and this recording presents Prima Secundae – the Part I of Part II. Taken in its entirety Summa Theologica forms an essential contribution to the canon of Catholic doctrine and was written in the last decade of his life by Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) an Italian-born Dominican Friar. Although he died before completing it the body of thought it contains is a continuing influence to the education and guidance of students of theology in the main Christian traditions. Continue Reading →