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CRITIQUE OF JUDGEMENT

CRITIQUE OF JUDGEMENT

By Immanuel KANT
Read by Michael Lunts
15 hours 10 minutes

Michael Lunts

Kant’s Critique of Judgement is the third and final part of his series of Critiques, which began with Critique of Pure Reason and continued with Critique of Practical Reason. Continue Reading →

CRITIQUE OF PRACTICAL REASON

CRITIQUE OF PRACTICAL REASON

By Immanuel KANT
Read by Michael Lunts
7 hours 6 minutes

Michael Lunts

The Critique of Practical Reason was published in 1788, seven years after his major work, Critique of Pure Reason. In it, Kant sets out his moral philosophy – and it proved a seminal text in the history of the subject. 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 →

DAPHNIS AND CHLOE

DAPHNIS AND CHLOE

By LONGUS
Read by Nicholas Boulton
2 hours 47 minutes

Daphnis and Chloe is one of the most engaging and gently erotic stories to emerge from the ancient worlds of Greece and Rome. It is a pastoral tale, telling of a boy and a girl, both abandoned (but separately) as babies on nearby hillsides; one becomes a goatherd, the other a shepherdess and a mutual attraction arises as they move from childhood to adolescence and to the slow discovery of desire. Will aggressive forces and rival suitors prevent a natural consummation and happy conclusion? Continue Reading →

DIARY OF A PROVINCIAL LADY

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By E. M. Delafield
Read by Georgina Sutton
5 hours 22 minutes

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‘Lady B. stays to tea. (Mem.: Bread-and-butter too thick. Speak to Ethel.) We talk some more about bulbs, the Dutch School of Painting, our Vicar’s wife, sciatica, and All Quiet on the Western Front. (Query: Is it possible to cultivate the art of conversation when living in the country all the year round?)’ If the question suggests a qualified answer, there is no doubt that the art of diary writing is alive and well and very, very funny in Devonshire in the 1920s. Continue Reading →

DISCOURSE ON METAPHYSICS ON THE ULTIMATE ORIGIN OF THINGS

DISCOURSE ON METAPHYSICS ON THE ULTIMATE ORIGIN OF THINGS

By Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
Read by Charles Armstrong
5 hours 15 minutes

This Leibniz collection contains some of the philosopher’s most important works and ideas, spans three decades and illuminates the fascinating intellectual journey undertaken by him in his quest for truth. A prodigious polymath, Leibniz was a mathematician, philosopher, physicist and statesman and engaged with a sweeping range of ideas and disciplines, striving throughout his life to be at the cutting edge of scientific thinking. These Principal Essays are arranged in chronological order. 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 →

ELEMENTS OF THE PHILOSOPHY OF RIGHT

ELEMENTS OF THE PHILOSOPHY OF RIGHT

By  Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
Read by Jonathan Booth
14 hours 11 minutes

Elements of The Philosophy of Right, a key work in the output of Georg Wilhelm Hegel (1770-1831), appeared in 1820 – and was arguably his last major publication. His intention was to state his views on the philosophy of law, political and social theory, and ethics. 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 →

EPICURUS OF SAMOS: HIS PHILSOPHY AND LIFE

EPICURUS OF SAMOS: HIS PHILSOPHY AND LIFE

All the Principal Source Texts Compiled and Introduced by Hiram Crespo

Read by James Gillies and Jonathan Booth
6 hours 21 minutes

Epicurus of Samos (341-270 BCE) was the founder of the philosophical system to which he gave his name: Epicureanism. It is a label that is often misused and misunderstood today, with ‘a life of pleasure’ as the key aim misinterpreted as a life of indulgence. In fact, the philosophy of Epicurus demonstrated also by his life, was anything but! Continue Reading →

FIELDS, FACTORIES, AND WORKSHOPS

FIELDS, FACTORIES, AND WORKSHOPS

By Pyotr Kropotkin
Read by Peter Kenny
7 hours 51 minutes

Pyotr Kropotkin (1842-1921) was one of the most interesting figures to emerge from the Russian Communist movement, developing the path of Communist Anarchism: he was not associated, either in theory or practice with the violence associated with that time of great change. Born into a Russian aristocratic land-owning family, he was affected by the injustice he saw as a young man on his father’s estate and committed himself early to social change; but his study and interest in science, geography, anthropology and philosophy enriched and broadened his political views. Fields, Factories, and Workshops (1898) was one of his three most important texts (along with The Conquest of Bread and Mutual Aid – also available on Ukemi Audiobooks). Continue Reading →

FORMATIVE EARLY WRITINGS

FORMATIVE EARLY WRITINGS

By Karl Marx
Read by Derek Le Page
12 hours 22 minutes

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. Continue Reading →

FOUR ARTHURIAN ROMANCES

FOUR ARTHURIAN ROMANCES

By Chrétien de Troyes
Read by Nicholas Boulton
16 hours 48 minutes

 

 

 

 

 

The Arthurian Romances by Chrétien de Troyes form the wellspring of the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Stories of knightly valour in the Welsh marches had existed before the 12th century, but it was the magnificent poetry and imagination of Chrétien, the 12th century French poet and trouvère, which brought alive the great characters of Arthur, his wife Guinevere, Lancelot and others. Continue Reading →

GREAT FRENCH POEMS

GREAT FRENCH POEMSGREAT FRENCH POEMS
35 Favourites from Villon to Baudelaire in French with English translations

Compiled and performed by Bill Homewood
1 hour 36 minutes

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Here are 35 of the greatest poems in the French language, carefully selected and read in French by Bill Homewood, the bilingual English classical actor who has spent half his life in France. To help those English speakers with just a little French to appreciate the glories of these poems, he provides his own clear English translations. Continue Reading →

HOW IT IS

How It Is

By Samuel Beckett
Read Dermot Crowley
5 hours 20 minutes

How It Is, a landmark in 20th century literature, is one of the most challenging of Samuel Beckett’s early novels. He published it first in French in 1961 and then in his own translation in 1964. He explained in a letter that it was the outpouring of a  “‘man’ lying panting in the mud and dark murmuring his ‘life’ as he hears it obscurely uttered by a voice inside him… Continue Reading →

HUMAN ALL TOO HUMAN • MISCELLANEOUS MAXIMS AND OPINIONS • THE WANDERER AND HIS SHADOW

HUMAN, ALL TOO HUMAN

HUMAN ALL TO HUMAN • MISCELLANEOUS MAXIMS AND OPINIONS • THE WANDERER AND HIS SHADOW

By Friedrich Nietzsche
Read by Michael Lunts
15 hours 26 minutes

Michael Lunts

It was with Human, All Too Human, first published in 1878, that Nietzsche developed the aphoristic style that so suited his challenging views and uncompromising style. The text is divided into three main sections: Of the First and Last Things; History of the Moral Feelings and The Religious Life. But the style remains the same: he declares the subjects – Dream and Civilisation; Private Ethics and World Ethics; Gratitude and Revenge; Well-Wishing; Vanity – and then discusses them in a few sentences, or sometimes in a longer passage. This style enables him to cover an extraordinarily wide range of topics as his fertile and lively mind wandered over man in his element. This audiobook also contains the two parts of Volume II: Miscellaneous Maxims and The Wanderer and His Shadow. These two collections are less well known, – unjustly so as they are packed with Nietzsche’s wonderfully uncompromising views and observation on a lucky dip of topics including Debauchery, Bach, Danger in Admiration, Deception in Love, Dishonest Praise. Here is an example: ‘End and Goal. Not every end is the goal. The end of a melody is not its goal, and yet if a melody has not reached its end, it has also not reached its goal. A parable.’ All in all, this 11-hour collection in an appropriately conversational reading by Michael Lunts, is a fascinating, at times infuriating, yet always entertaining discovery.Translation: Alexander Harvey Continue Reading →

IDEAS

IDEAS

By Edmund Husserl
Read by Leighton Pugh with an Introduction by Taylor Carman
16 hours 56 minutes

As philosophy professor Taylor Carman explains in his helpful Introduction, Edmund Husserl (1859-1938) was the founder of modern phenomenology, one of the most important and influential movements of the 20thcentury. ‘Ideas’ published in 1913 – its full title is ‘Ideas for a Pure Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy’ – was the key work. It is arguably ‘the most fundamental and comprehensive statement of the fundamental principles of Husserl’s mature philosophy.’ Continue Reading →

JASON AND THE GOLDEN FLEECE

JASON AND THE GOLDEN FLEECE

By Apollonius of Rhodes
Read by Jonathan Keeble
6 hours 17 minutes

 

 

 

 

 

Jason and the Golden Fleece is one of the finest tales of Ancient Greece, an epic journey of adventure and trial standing beside similar stories of Perseus, Theseus and the Labours of Heracles. The finest classic account comes from Apollonius of Rhodes, the Greek poet of the 3rd century BCE and librarian at Alexandria. Continue Reading →

JUNG – An Introduction to his Psychology

JUNG – An Introduction to his Psychology

By Frieda Fordham
Read by Helen Lloyd
5 hours 18 minutes

This classic introduction to the psychology of Carl Gustav Jung is important because it is the only English original text he sanctioned in his lifetime. In his personal Foreword, he wrote: ‘Mrs Frieda Fordham has undertaken the by no means easy task of producing a readable resumé of all my various attempts at a better and more comprehensive understanding of the human psyche. She has delivered a fair and simple account of the main aspects of my psychological work. 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 →