Philebus – audiobook
PLATO (??????) (c. 428 BC – c. 347 BC), translated by Benjamin JOWETT (1817 – 1893)
Philebus (???????) discusses pleasure, wisdom, soul and God. (Summary by Geoffrey Edwards)
Genre(s): Ancient
Language: English (FULL Audiobook)

 

 

Magna Moralia - audiobook ARISTOTLE (384 BC - 322 BC), translated by St. George William Joseph STOCK (1850 - ?) Magna Moralia (Ancient Greek: ?????? ???????, English: Great Ethics) discusses topics including friendship, virtue, happiness and God. It is disputed whether Aristotle wrote Magna Moralia. This author concludes that it is absurd to suggest that God contemplates only God but does not propose an alternative activity for God. (Summary by Geoffrey Edwards) Genre(s): Classics (Antiquity), Read more [...]
Pens?es - audiobook Blaise PASCAL (1623 - 1662), translated by W. F. TROTTER (1871 - ?) Pascal's Pens?es is widely considered to be a masterpiece, and a landmark in French prose. When commenting on one particular section (Thought #72), Sainte-Beuve praised it as the finest pages in the French language. Will Durant, in his 11-volume, comprehensive The Story of Civilization series, hailed it as "the most eloquent book in French prose." In Pens?es, Pascal surveys several philosophical paradoxes: infinity Read more [...]
In Defense of Women - audiobook H. L. MENCKEN (1880 - 1956) In Defense of Women is H. L. Mencken's 1918 book on women and the relationship between the sexes. Some laud the book as progressive while others brand it as reactionary. While Mencken didn't champion women's rights, he described women as wiser in many novel and observable ways, while demeaning average men. According to Mencken's biographer, Fred Hobson: Depending on the position of the reader, he was either a great defender of women's Read more [...]
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali PATANJALI (c. 150 BC - ), translated by Charles JOHNSTON (1867 - 1931) Yoga sutras by Patanjali is a seminal work in yoga, this book is more about control of mind and the true goal of yoga. The sutras are extremely brief, and the translation in neat English makes it very easy for people to understand the ancient Sanskrit text. It starts with the birth and growth of spiritual man through the control of mind. In all, this is a "all in one" book for yoga philosophy written Read more [...]
The Concept of Nature - audiobook Alfred North WHITEHEAD (1861 - 1947) In The Concept of Nature, Alfred North Whitehead discusses the interrelatedness of time, space, and human perception. The idea of objects as 'occasions of experience', arguments against body-mind duality and the search for an all-encompassing 'philosophy of nature' are examined, with specific reference to contemporary (Einstein, with whose theory of relativity he has some complaints) and ancient (Plato, Aristotle) approaches. Read more [...]
Laotzu's Tao and Wu Wei (Tao Teh King) - audiobook LAOZI ?? (fl 6th Cen - ), translated by Dwight GODDARD (1861 - 1939) and Henri BOREL (1869 - 1933) and M. E. REYNOLDS ( - ) The classic of the Way and of High Virtue is the Tao Teh Ching. Its author is generally held as a contemporary of Confucius, Lao Tzu, or Laozi. The exact date of the book's origin is disputed. The book is divided into two parts, the Upper Part and the Lower Part. The Upper Part consists of chapters 1-37, and each chapter begins Read more [...]

Ion audiobook
PLATO (??????) (c. 428 BC – c. 347 BC), translated by Benjamin JOWETT (1817 – 1893)
In Plato’s ION, Socrates questions Ion, whether he should really claim laud and glory for his ‘rhapsodic’ recitals of Homer’s poetry.
—Description by Simon-Peter Zak

Genre(s): Ancient
Language: English (FULL Audiobook)

 

The Montessori Method audiobook Maria MONTESSORI (1870 - 1952) In the early 1900's Dr. Maria Montessori began to reform educational methods with her work the 'Case dei Bambini' in Rome, Italy. Montessori began her work by developing methods to educate mentally retarded children, the method she developed was used with several children who at age eight took the state examinations in reading and writing, the children passed with above average scores. Because of this success (which is known as the Read more [...]
The Theory of Moral Sentiments (First Edition) - audiobook Adam SMITH (1723 - 1790) "How selfish soever man may be supposed, there are evidently some principles in his nature, which interest him in the fortunes of others, and render their happiness necessary to him, though he derives nothing from it, except the pleasure of seeing it." (from The Theory of Moral Sentiments) Genre(s): Philosophy Language: English (FULL Audiobook)   Read more [...]

De Profundis audiobook
Oscar WILDE (1854 – 1900)
This is a letter written from prison in 1897 by Oscar Wilde to Lord Alfred Douglas, in which he recounts how he came to be in prison and charts his spiritual development. (summary by AdamH)
Genre(s): *Non-fiction, History , Philosophy
Language: English (FULL Audiobook)

 

Some Turns of Thought in Modern Philosophy audiobook George SANTAYANA (1863 - 1952) Before the beginning of World War II, during the time of the Modernist movement in philosophy, George Santayana wrote these five descriptive essays. He examined John Locke's sensationalism, British Idealism, the "Theory of Relativity", Freud's psychology, and Julien Benda's preachment on the relations between God and the world. (Summary written by Gary) Genre(s): *Non-fiction, Philosophy Language: English (FULL Read more [...]
Utilitarianism audiobook John Stuart MILL (1806 - 1873) John Stuart Mill's book Utilitarianism is one of the most influential and widely-read philosophical defenses of utilitarianism in ethics. The essay first appeared as a series of three articles published in Fraser's Magazine in 1861; the articles were collected and reprinted as a single book in 1863. It went through four editions during Mill's lifetime with minor additions and revisions. Although Mill includes discussions of utilitarian Read more [...]
Essays on Some Unsettled Questions of Political Economy audiobook John Stuart MILL (1806 - 1873) This is Mill's first work on economics. It foreshadows his Political Economy which was the standard Anglo-American Economics textbook of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Mill's economic theory moved from free market capitalism, to government intervention within the precepts of Utilitarianism, and finally to Socialism. [Summary written by Gary Gilberd] Genre(s): *Non-fiction, Philosophy Language: Read more [...]
Bushido: The Soul of Japan audiobook Inaz? NITOBE (1862 - 1933) Bushido: The Soul of Japan written by Inazo Nitobe was one of the first books on samurai ethics that was originally written in English for a Western audience, and has been subsequently translated into many other languages (also Japanese). Nitobe found in Bushido, the Way of the Warrior, the sources of the virtues most admired by his people: rectitude, courage, benevolence, politeness, sincerity, honor, loyalty and self-control, and Read more [...]
Nature audiobook Ralph Waldo EMERSON (1803 - 1882) Nature is a short essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson published anonymously in 1836. It is in this essay that the foundation of transcendentalism is put forth, a belief system that espouses a non-traditional appreciation of nature. Recent advances in zoology, botany, and geology confirmed Emerson's intuitions about the intricate relationships of Nature at large. The publication of Nature is usually taken to be the watershed moment at which transcendentalism Read more [...]
All of Grace audiobook Charles H. SPURGEON (1834 - 1892) HE WHO SPOKE and wrote this message will be greatly disappointed if it does not lead many to the Lord Jesus. It is sent forth in childlike dependence upon the power of God the Holy Ghost, to use it in the conversion of millions, if so He pleases. No doubt many poor men and women will take up this little volume, and the Lord will visit them with grace. To answer this end, the very plainest language has been chosen, and many homely expressions Read more [...]
The Truth About Jesus. Is He a Myth audiobook M. M. MANGASARIAN (1859 - 1943) The following work offers in book form the series of studies on the question of the historicity of Jesus, presented from time to time before the Independent Religious Society in Orchestra Hall, Chicago, 1909. No effort has been made to change the manner of the spoken, into the more regular form of the written, word. (Summary by M.M. Mangasarian (1859-1943) and Joanne Pauwels) Genre(s): *Non-fiction, Philosophy, Religion Language: Read more [...]
Girl Scout Collection Audiobook VARIOUS ( - ) These articles, pamphlets, and stories relating to the Girls Scouts of America touch on the history, activities, ideals, and traditions of this remarkable girls' organization. Though some of the articles appear redundant, they were selected to represent a contemporary view spanning five years of the organization's early popularity (1917-1921). Of significance are the detailed descriptions of Girl Scout involvement in war work during what is now known Read more [...]
The Social Contract audiobook Jean-Jacques ROUSSEAU (1712 - 1778), translated by UNKNOWN ( - ) The Social Contract outlines Rousseau's views on political justice, explaining how a just and legitimate state is to be founded, organized and administered. Rousseau sets forth, in his characteristically brazen and iconoclastic manner, the case for direct democracy, while simultaneously casting every other form of government as illegitimate and tantamount to slavery. Often hailed as a revolutionary document Read more [...]