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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 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 →

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 →

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 →

PERCEVAL The Story of the Grail

PERCEVAL The Story of the Grail

By Chrétien de Troyes
Read by Mike Rogers
16 hours 40 minutes

Chrétien de Troyes’ Perceval is the most important single Arthurian romance. It contains the very first mention of the mysterious grail, later to become the Holy Grail and the focal point of the spiritual quest of the knights of Arthur’s court. Chrétien left the poem unfinished, but the extraordinary and intriguing theme of the Grail was too good to leave, and other poets continued and eventually completed it. Continue Reading →

THE WEALTH OF NATIONS

THE WEALTH OF NATIONS

By Adam SMITH
Read by Michael Lunts
16 hours 28 minutes

Michael Lunts

The Wealth of Nations, first published in 1776, is the first book of modern political economy and still provides the foundation for the study of that discipline. An Enquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, to give it is full title, it was an immediate bestseller, and has since rightfully claimed its place in the Western intellectual canon. Its author, Adam Smith (1723-1790), was one of the brightest stars of the 18th century Scottish Enlightenment. Continue Reading →

MORALIA Volume 2

MORALIA Volume 2

By Plutarch
Read by Matthew Lloyd Davies
14 hours 23 minutes

Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus (46 ce–after 119) was born in Chaeronea, Boeotia to a wealthy Greek family and assumed his full Latin name on becoming a Roman citizen. He made the most of his varied background and experience as a philosopher, magistrate, ambassador and priest at the Delphic Temple of Apollo, to become one of the most important biographers and essayists of Classical Greek and Roman times. Continue Reading →

TIME AND FREE WILL

TIME AND FREE WILL

An Essay on the Immediate Data of Consciousness

By Henri Bergson
Read by Michael Lunts
6 hours 44 minutes

Henri Bergson (1859 – 1941) was the leading French philosopher of the first half of the twentieth century. Near the end of his life when he was forced to register with the police in Nazi occupied France he wrote: ‘Academic. Philosopher. Nobel prize winner. Jew.’ Continue Reading →

PIERS PLOWMAN Vision of a People’s Christ

PIERS PLOWMAN Vision of a People’s Christ

By William Langland – Modern Verse Rendering by William Burrell

Read by Mike Rogers
4 hours 42 minutes

Probably written in the latter half of the 14th century in the South-West-Midlands dialect, Piers Plowman is a remarkable example of allegorical, alliterative verse that conveyed, for the first time ever, the authentic voice, spirit and character of the ordinary people of England. Very little is known about William Langland, the presumed author, but it is very much a product of the medieval mind combining Christian belief with dramatic poetry in a drama of identity. Continue Reading →

ALEXANDER HAMILTON

ALEXANDER HAMILTON America’s Founding Father of Finance

His Original Reports on: PUBLIC FINANCE • A NATIONAL BANK • MANUFACTURES

Introduced and compiled by Mark G. Spencer
Read by Adam Sims and John Chancer
8 hours 23 minutes

 

Though best known for his primary authorship of the Federalist Papers, his death in a duel at the hands of the Vice President Aaron Burr on the banks of the Hudson River, and his star role in a 21st century musical, it is often overlooked that Alexander Hamilton was instrumental in creating the key financial building blocks of the young United States of America. Continue Reading →

THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN

THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN

By Thomas Mann
Read by David Rintoul
37 hours 27 minutes

 David Rintoul

It was The Magic Mountain (Der Zauberberg) that confirmed Thomas Mann as a Nobel prizewinner for literature and rightly so, for it is undoubtedly one of the great novels of the 20th century. Its unusual story – it opens with a young man visiting a friend in a tuberculosis sanatorium in the Swiss Alps – was originally started by Mann in 1912, but was not completed until 1924. Continue Reading →

SUMMA THEOLOGICA PART I (PRIMA PARS)

SUMMA THEOLOGICA PART I (PRIMA PARS)

By Thomas Aquinas
Read by Martyn Swain
52 hours 33 minutes

The Summa Theologica, a fundamental text in Catholic doctrine, is a compendium of theology that has been studied and debated since its first publication in the 13th century. Furthermore, it has been widely regarded as one of the classics of Western philosophy, not least because, perhaps for the first time in such a systematic manner, it set out to consider the views of non-Christian figures such as Aristotle, Boethius, Muslim writers including Averroes (Ibn Rushd) and Avicenna (Ibn Sina) and the Sephardic Jewish scholar Maimonides. Continue Reading →