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  1. 1.0 hrs • 9/6/2016 • Unabridged

    Socrates is on trial for his life. He is charged with impiety and corrupting young people. He presents his own defense, explaining why he has devoted his life to challenging the most powerful and important people in the Greek world. The reason is that rich and famous politicians, priests, poets, and a host of others pretend to know what is good, true, holy, and beautiful, but when Socrates questions them, they are shown to be foolish rather than wise. © Agora Publications

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    Plato's Apology

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    1.0 hrs • 9/6/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 2.7 hrs • 9/6/2016 • Unabridged

    Socrates is in prison, sentenced to die when the sun sets. In this final conversation, he asks what will become of him once he drinks the poison prescribed for his execution. Socrates and his friends examine several arguments designed to prove that the soul is immortal. This quest leads him to the broader topic of the nature of mind and its connection not only to human existence but also to the cosmos itself. What could be a better way to pass the time between now and the sunset? © Agora Publications

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    Plato's Phaedo

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    2.7 hrs • 9/6/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 0.6 hrs • 9/6/2016 • Unabridged

    In Euthyphro, Socrates is on his way to the court, where he must defend himself against serious charges brought by religious and political authorities. On the way he meets Euthyphro, an expert on religious matters who has come to prosecute his own father. Socrates questions Euthyphro’s claim that religion serves as the basis for ethics. Euthyphro is not able to provide satisfactory answers to Socrates’ questions, but their dialogue leaves us with the challenge of making a reasonable connection between ethics and religion.

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    Plato's Euthyphro

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    0.6 hrs • 9/6/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 0.5 hrs • 9/6/2016 • Unabridged

    The Athenian court has found Socrates guilty and sentenced him to death. While he is waiting to be executed, his friend, Crito, comes to the prison to persuade him to escape and go into exile. Socrates responds by examining the essence of law and community, probing the various kinds of law and making distinctions that go far beyond the particular issue of whether or not Socrates should escape.

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    Plato's Crito

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  5. 5.1 hrs • 9/5/2016 • Unabridged

    These works articulate the most fundamental principles of Kant’s ethical and political worldview. What Is Enlightenment? (1784) and Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Morals (1785) were written in the period between the American Revolution and the French Revolution. Taken together, they challenge all free people to think about the requirements for self-determination both in our individual lives and in our public and private institutions. Kant’s Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Morals is dedicated to the proposition that all people can know what we need to know to be honest, good, wise, and virtuous. The purpose of Kant’s moral philosophy is to help us become aware of the principles that are already contained within us. Innocence and dependence must be replaced with wisdom and goodwill if we are to avoid being vulnerable and misguided. According to Kant, freedom of thought leads naturally to freedom of action. When that happens, governments begin to treat human beings not as machines but as persons with dignity. Immanuel Kant begins Toward Lasting Peace by contrasting the realism of practical politicians with the high-minded theories of philosophers who dream their sweet dreams. His opening line provides a grim reminder that the only alternative to finding a way to avoid the war of each against all is the lasting peace of the graveyard. The advent of total war and the development of nuclear weapons in the 20th century give Kant’s reflections an urgency he could not have anticipated. Kant published this work in 1795, during the aftermath of the American Revolution and the French Revolution. The high hopes of the European Enlightenment had been dampened by the Reign of Terror in which tens of thousands of people died, and the perpetual cycle of war and temporary armistice seemed to be inescapable. Kant’s essay is best known as an early articulation of the idea of a league of nations that could bring an end to all hostilities. Today, the United Nations continues to pursue that dream, but lasting peace still seems to be wishful thinking. © Agora Publications

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    Kant's Foundations of Ethics

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  6. 1.0 hrs • 8/3/2016 • Unabridged

    A #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit. Everyone knows this. Each of us contributes his share. But we tend to take the situation for granted. Most people are rather confident of their ability to recognize bullshit and to avoid being taken in by it. So the phenomenon has not aroused much deliberate concern. We have no clear understanding of what bullshit is, why there is so much of it, or what functions it serves. And we lack a conscientiously developed appreciation of what it means to us. In other words, as Harry Frankfurt writes, “we have no theory.” Frankfurt, one of the world’s most influential moral philosophers, attempts to build such a theory here. With his characteristic combination of philosophical acuity, psychological insight, and wry humor, Frankfurt proceeds by exploring how bullshit and the related concept of humbug are distinct from lying. He argues that bullshitters misrepresent themselves to their audience not as liars do, that is, by deliberately making false claims about what is true. In fact, bullshit need not be untrue at all. Rather, bullshitters seek to convey a certain impression of themselves without being concerned about whether anything at all is true. They quietly change the rules governing their end of the conversation so that claims about truth and falsity are irrelevant. Frankfurt concludes that although bullshit can take many innocent forms, excessive indulgence in it can eventually undermine the practitioner’s capacity to tell the truth in a way that lying does not. Liars at least acknowledge that it matters what is true. By virtue of this, Frankfurt writes, bullshit is a greater enemy of the truth than lies are.

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    On Bullshit

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  7. 8.5 hrs • 8/2/2016 • Unabridged

    How Could You Do That?! illustrates Dr. Laura Schlessinger's philosophy of personal responsibility through her usually provocative but always stimulating moral dialogues with callers about everyday ethical dilemmas. In her lively pull-no-punches style, Dr. Laura takes on the moral dilemmas of our time: from the mindless pursuit of pleasure and immediate gratification to taking the easy way out when those actions produce ugly or uncomfortable life-altering consequences. She demonstrates in no uncertain terms that personal values are never someone else's responsibility but your own, and why choosing not to honor them actually compounds unhappiness. Finally, she explains that by disciplining self-indulgence and rising above temptation we can discover the infinite pleasures, the true happiness, of the moral high ground. Dr. Laura delivers not only a compelling argument for an ethical approach to life but also an invaluable inspiration to rebuilding character, conscience, and courage. Here is a work that can make a genuine difference in the quality of your own life and the lives of those we love.

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    How Could You Do That?!

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  8. 0.1 hrs • 7/26/2016 • Unabridged

    In this dialogue, a case is made that justice is a kind of social proxy for the cause-effect relation. When in a state of nature, man has no one but himself to rely on in his dealings with nature, which, though cruel, is consistent, driven as she is by inviolable physical laws and which, consequently, always rewards an action with an equal and opposite reaction. But human beings are emotional and therefore mercurial creatures, and when avails himself of their assistance, they may decide not to honor their commitments to him. The interrelations of the members of a given society are just to the extent that its members fulfill their mutual obligations as consistently as nature follows her own laws, and those interrelations are unjust to the extent that they don’t.

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  9. 7.9 hrs • 7/12/2016 • Unabridged

    «Este es un libro acerca de la virtud más admirable de todas las virtudes humanas: el valor. Ernest Hemingway la definió como “gracia bajo presión”. Y estos son los relatos sobre las presiones que experimentaron ocho Senadores de Estados Unidos y la gracia con la cual las enfrentaron». —John F. Kennedy Durante los años 1954 y 1955, el entonces Senador de Estados Unidos, John F. Kennedy, escogió a ocho de sus colegas históricos para presentar sus perfiles, destacados por sus actos de impresionante integridad ante una oposición abrumadora. Entre estos héroes se encuentran John Quincy Adams, Daniel Webster, Thomas Hart Benton y Robert A. Taft. Este libro recibió el Premio Pulitzer en 1957, y ha vuelto al mercado en esta nueva edición en español, que incluye una introducción escrita por Caroline Kennedy, además del prólogo para la edición conmemorativa escrito por Robert Kennedy, lanzada en 1964, resuena con lecciones perdurables para todos los tiempos sobre la más apreciada de las virtudes, y es una poderosa remembranza de la fortaleza del espíritu humano. Como afirma Robert Kennedy en el prólogo, este es «no solo un conjunto de historias del pasado, sino también una conexión de esperanza y confianza para el futuro. Lo que suceda en la nación, y en el mundo, depende de lo que nosotros hagamos con lo que otros nos han dejado».

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    Perfiles de Coraje

    7.9 hrs • 7/12/16 • Unabridged
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  10. 8.3 hrs • 6/14/2016

    Host philosophers Ken Taylor and John Perry invite you to join them in conversation on a wide variety of issues, ranging from popular culture to our most deeply held beliefs about science, morality, and the human condition. Philosophy Talk challenges listeners to identify and question their assumptions and to think about things in new ways. Fun, accessible, and intellectually stimulating, Philosophy Talk is dedicated to reasoned conversation driven by human curiosity and celebrates the value of the examined life.

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    Philosophy Talk, Vol. 6 by John Perry, Ken Taylor

    Philosophy Talk, Vol. 6

    Hosted by John Perry and Ken Taylor
    Produced by Ben Manilla Productions
    8.3 hrs • 6/14/16
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  11. 3.0 hrs • 6/7/2016 • Unabridged

    Extraordinary stories of people who have survived life’s most heart-wrenching tragedies and whose Christian faith has remained unshakable. New York Times bestselling author Jeff Benedict has seen both good and bad in his career as a journalist. Some of the best are the extraordinary people he has met who have made deliberate choices to live happier lives despite the extreme hardship that each of them have faced. Although life will knock us down from time to time, this book is an important reminder that we all can make a choice to get back up, brush ourselves off, and keep pressing forward. “Each of us will find ourselves at the intersection of happiness and despair. And when that day comes, there are choices we can make that will help us turn and walk down the street called Happiness,” says the author. From choosing to forgive to choosing to serve others to choosing to pray, the seven true stories that Jeff shares illustrate the power within each of us to choose to live a happier, more abundant life. Stories include a husband who lost his wife when a young boy inadvertently pulled the trigger of a loaded shotgun;a waitress who nearly drowned after being swept away in a raging flood;a father who lost his one-year-old son to a rare disease;a woman lost at sea during a harrowing storm;a man who was brutally beaten but who chose to forgive his attacker;a mother whose home was demolished by a tornado, whose husband was diagnosed with cancer, and whose nine-year-old son has undergone nearly one hundred surgeries; anda father trying to raise his family in a neighborhood often targeted by gang members.

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    Make a Choice by Jeff Benedict

    Make a Choice

    3.0 hrs • 6/7/16 • Unabridged
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  12. 8.2 hrs • 5/10/2016

    Host philosophers Ken Taylor and John Perry invite you to join them in conversation on a wide variety of issues, ranging from popular culture to our most deeply held beliefs about science, morality, and the human condition. Philosophy Talk challenges listeners to identify and question their assumptions and to think about things in new ways. Fun, accessible, and intellectually stimulating, Philosophy Talk is dedicated to reasoned conversation driven by human curiosity and celebrates the value of the examined life.

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    Philosophy Talk, Vol. 5 by John Perry, Ken Taylor

    Philosophy Talk, Vol. 5

    Hosted by John Perry and Ken Taylor
    Produced by Ben Manilla Productions
    8.2 hrs • 5/10/16
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  13. 8.2 hrs • 4/12/2016

    Host philosophers Ken Taylor and John Perry invite you to join them in conversation on a wide variety of issues, ranging from popular culture to our most deeply held beliefs about science, morality, and the human condition. Philosophy Talk challenges listeners to identify and question their assumptions and to think about things in new ways. Fun, accessible, and intellectually stimulating, Philosophy Talk is dedicated to reasoned conversation driven by human curiosity and celebrates the value of the examined life.

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    Philosophy Talk, Vol. 4 by John Perry, Ken Taylor

    Philosophy Talk, Vol. 4

    Hosted by John Perry and Ken Taylor
    Produced by Ben Manilla Productions
    8.2 hrs • 4/12/16
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  14. 8.4 hrs • 3/8/2016

    Host philosophers Ken Taylor and John Perry invite you to join them in conversation on a wide variety of issues, ranging from popular culture to our most deeply held beliefs about science, morality, and the human condition. Philosophy Talk challenges listeners to identify and question their assumptions and to think about things in new ways. Fun, accessible, and intellectually stimulating, Philosophy Talk is dedicated to reasoned conversation driven by human curiosity and celebrates the value of the examined life.

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    Philosophy Talk, Vol. 3 by John Perry, Ken Taylor

    Philosophy Talk, Vol. 3

    Hosted by John Perry and Ken Taylor
    Produced by Ben Manilla Productions
    8.4 hrs • 3/8/16
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  15. 8.2 hrs • 2/9/2016

    Host philosophers Ken Taylor and John Perry invite you to join them in conversation on a wide variety of issues, ranging from popular culture to our most deeply held beliefs about science, morality, and the human condition. Philosophy Talk challenges listeners to identify and question their assumptions and to think about things in new ways. Fun, accessible, and intellectually stimulating, Philosophy Talk is dedicated to reasoned conversation driven by human curiosity and celebrates the value of the examined life.

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    Philosophy Talk, Vol. 2 by John Perry, Ken Taylor

    Philosophy Talk, Vol. 2

    Hosted by John Perry and Ken Taylor
    Produced by Ben Manilla Productions
    8.2 hrs • 2/9/16
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  16. 8.3 hrs • 1/12/2016

    Host philosophers John Perry and Ken Taylor invite you to join them in conversation on a wide variety of issues, ranging from popular culture to our most deeply held beliefs about science, morality, and the human condition. Philosophy Talk challenges listeners to identify and question their assumptions and to think about things in new ways. Fun, accessible, and intellectually stimulating, Philosophy Talk is dedicated to reasoned conversation driven by human curiosity and celebrates the value of the examined life.

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    Philosophy Talk, Vol. 1 by John Perry, Ken Taylor

    Philosophy Talk, Vol. 1

    Hosted by John Perry and Ken Taylor
    Produced by Ben Manilla Productions
    8.3 hrs • 1/12/16
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