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  1. 4.5 hrs • 8/19/2016 • Unabridged

    Marcus Aurelius was the Roman Emperor from 161 to 180 AD, and during that time, he kept several collections of journals that contained personal notes, militaristic strategy, and ideas on Stoic philosophy. While unlikely that he ever intended to publicly publish these journals, there is no real official title, so most often “Meditations” is used because of his in-depth writings on philosophy. These journals give an introspective look at how and why Marcus Aurelius’ operated as an emperor. This informative piece of history contains twelve sections that each chronicle different parts of Aurelius’ life, including his source of guidance, self-improvement tips, and his ideas on how to analyze yourself and adjust your attitude to become a better person or leader.

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    Meditations

    4.5 hrs • 8/19/16 • Unabridged
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    5.8 hrs • 9/22/2015 • Unabridged

    This compassionate, personal, and illuminating work of nonfiction draws on the author’s celebrated work as a director of socially conscious theater to connect listeners with the power of an ancient artistic tradition. For years, Bryan Doerries has been producing ancient tragedies for current and returned servicemen and women, addicts, tornado and hurricane victims, and a wide range of other at-risk people in society. Here, drawing on these extraordinary firsthand experiences, Doerries clearly and powerfully illustrates the redemptive and therapeutic potential of this classical, timeless art: how, for example, Ajax can help soldiers and their loved ones grapple with PTSD, or how Prometheus Bound provides insights into the modern penal system. Doerries is an original and magnanimous thinker, and The Theater of War—wholly unsentimental but intensely felt and emotionally engaging—is a humane, knowledgeable, and accessible book that will inspire and inform listeners, showing them that suffering and healing are both part of a timeless process.

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    The Theater of War by Bryan Doerries

    The Theater of War

    5.8 hrs • 9/22/15 • Unabridged
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  3. 3.8 hrs • 6/30/2015 • Unabridged

    The Upanishads are often considered the most important literature from ancient India. Yet many academic translators fail to capture the work’s philosophical and spiritual subtlety, while others convey its poetry at the cost of literal meaning. This new translation by Vernon Katz and Thomas Egenes fills the need for an Upanishads that is clear, simple, and insightful—yet remains faithful to the original Sanskrit. As Western Sanskrit scholars who have spent their lives immersed in meditative practice, Katz and Egenes offer a unique perspective in penetrating the depths of Eastern wisdom and expressing these insights in modern yet poetic language. Their historical introduction is suited to newcomers and experienced readers alike, providing the perfect entry to this unparalleled work.

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    The Upanishads

    Translated and with an introduction by Vernon Katz and Thomas Egenes
    Read by Tom Perkins
    3.8 hrs • 6/30/15 • Unabridged
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  4. 2.5 hrs • 11/5/2014 • Unabridged

    Skills and experience might land you a leadership position, but they don’t make you a true leader. Leadership comes from inside—and the greatest leaders first question themselves before they tackle the world around them. To aid in this critical interrogation, The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership explores ideas from Aristotle, Heraclitus, Sophocles, Hesiod, and other great thinkers, including: Know thyselfDo not waste energy on things you cannot changeNurture communityAlways embrace the truthLet competition reveal talentLive life by a higher codeUnderstand that character is destiny Then it shows you how to take each idea—along with what you’ve learned about yourself—and apply it to the challenges of the modern workplace. As Aristotle tutored Alexander the Great, you too will learn what it takes to conquer all.

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    The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership by M. A. Soupios, Panos Mourdoukoutas

    The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership

    2.5 hrs • 11/5/14 • Unabridged
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  5. 7.3 hrs • 8/21/2014 • Unabridged

    The philosophy of Ancient Greece provides the background of Western ethical thought and politics. In this approachable introduction, Tom Griffith, a leading translator of Plato, covers everything from pre-Socratics through Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics and the Epicureans. These figures are introduced before a compilation of key texts in lively translations.

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    Ancient Greek Philosophy

    Read by various narrators
    7.3 hrs • 8/21/14 • Unabridged
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  6. 4.7 hrs • 8/21/2014 • Unabridged

    The Trial and Death of Socrates remains a powerful document, partly because it is a true—perhaps in certain parts verbatim—account of the end of one of the greatest figures in history. In The Apology, Socrates defends himself before the Athenian court against charges of corrupting youth. Phaedo is the account, by a young man, of the actual last words and moments of Socrates. These are presented with scene-setting introductions to the historical situation.

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    Trial and Death of Socrates

    4.7 hrs • 8/21/14 • Unabridged
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  7. 11.3 hrs • 8/1/2014 • Unabridged

    Long regarded as the most accurate rendering of Plato’s Republic that has yet been published, this widely acclaimed work is the first strictly literal translation of a timeless classic. This second edition includes a new introduction by Professor Bloom, whose careful translation and interpretation of The Republic was first published in 1968. In addition to the corrected text itself there is also a rich and valuable essay which will better enable the listener to approach the heart of Plato’s intention.

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    The Republic of Plato, 2nd Edition

    Translated by Raymond Larson
    Read by Don Hagen
    11.3 hrs • 8/1/14 • Unabridged
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  8. 25.4 hrs • 10/22/2013 • Unabridged

    Arthur Herman has now written the definitive sequel to his New York Times bestseller, How the Scots Invented the Modern World, and extends the themes of the book—which sold half a million copies worldwide—back to the ancient Greeks and forward to the age of the Internet. The Cave and the Light is a magisterial account of how the two greatest thinkers of the ancient world, Plato and Aristotle, laid the foundations of Western culture—and how their rivalry shaped the essential features of our culture down to the present day. Plato came from a wealthy, connected Athenian family and lived a comfortable upper-class lifestyle until he met an odd little man named Socrates, who showed him a new world of ideas and ideals. Socrates taught Plato that a man must use reason to attain wisdom, and that the life of a lover of wisdom, a philosopher, was the pinnacle of achievement. Plato dedicated himself to living that ideal and went on to create a school, his famed Academy, to teach others the path to enlightenment through contemplation. However, the same Academy that spread Plato’s teachings also fostered his greatest rival. Born to a family of Greek physicians, Aristotle had learned early on the value of observation and hands-on experience. Rather than rely on pure contemplation, he insisted that the truest path to knowledge is through empirical discovery and exploration of the world around us. Aristotle, Plato’s most brilliant pupil, thus settled on a philosophy very different from his instructor’s and launched a rivalry with profound effects on Western culture. The two men disagreed on the fundamental purpose of the philosophy. For Plato, the image of the cave summed up man’s destined path, emerging from the darkness of material existence to the light of a higher and more spiritual truth. Aristotle thought otherwise. Instead of rising above mundane reality, he insisted, the philosopher’s job is to explain how the real world works, and how we can find our place in it. Aristotle set up a school in Athens to rival Plato’s Academy: the Lyceum. The competition that ensued between the two schools, and between Plato and Aristotle, set the world on an intellectual adventure that lasted through the Middle Ages and Renaissance and that still continues today. From Martin Luther (who named Aristotle the third great enemy of true religion, after the devil and the pope) to Karl Marx (whose utopian views rival Plato’s), heroes and villains of history have been inspired and incensed by these two master philosophers—but never outside their influence. Accessible, riveting, and eloquently written, The Cave and the Light provides a stunning new perspective on the Western world, certain to open eyes and stir debate.

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    The Cave and the Light

    25.4 hrs • 10/22/13 • Unabridged
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  9. 13.8 hrs • 5/28/2013 • Unabridged

    From Aristotle to Wittgenstein and Zizek, 50 Philosophy Classics provides a lively entry point to the field of philosophy. Analyses of key works by Descartes, Schopenhauer, Hegel, Heidegger, and Nietzsche also show how philosophy helped shape the thinking and events of the last 150 years. The list also includes twentieth-century greats including de Beauvoir, Foucault, Kuhn, and Sartre, along with contemporary philosophy including the writings and ideas of Peter Singer, Noam Chomsky, Harry Frankfurt, and Nassim Nicholas Taleb. 50 Philosophy Classics explores key writings that have shaped the discipline and impacted the real world. From Aristotle, Plato, and Epicurus in ancient times, to John Stuart Mill’s manifesto for individual freedom and Ralph Waldo Emerson’s struggle to understand fate as person versus the universe. Most notably, Butler-Bowdon takes listeners beyond the twentieth century to introduce contemporary thinkers like Slavoj Zizek, who suggests that the fight for food and water, a bio-genetic and social revolution, indicate the apocalyptic end of global liberal capitalism.

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    50 Philosophy Classics

    13.8 hrs • 5/28/13 • Unabridged
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  10. 5.5 hrs • 5/20/2012 • Unabridged

    “Almost all of the philosophical truths that I have come to know and understand I have learned from Aristotle,” says Mortimer J. Adler. This easy-to-listen-to exposition of Aristotle’s thoughts about nature, human actions, and the conduct of life confirms convictions that most of us hold, though we may not be fully aware of them. This is because Aristotle’s philosophical insights are grounded in the common experience we all possess and because they illuminate the common sense we all rely on. Philosophy is everybody’s business. It deepens our understanding of the knowledge we already have about ourselves, our society, and the world in which we live. With the proper guidance, all of us can experience success and great satisfaction from this effort of understanding, and in this, no better guide can be found than Aristotle.

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    Aristotle for Everybody by Mortimer J. Adler

    Aristotle for Everybody

    5.5 hrs • 5/20/12 • Unabridged
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  11. 4.7 hrs • 10/13/2011 • Unabridged

    Acclaimed historian and bestselling author Paul Johnson’s books have been translated into dozens of languages. In Socrates: A Man for Our Times, Johnson draws from little-known resources to construct a fascinating account of one of history’s greatest thinkers. Socrates transcended class limitations in Athens during the fifth century BC to develop ideas that still shape the way we think about the human body and soul, including the workings of the human mind.

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    Socrates

    4.7 hrs • 10/13/11 • Unabridged
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  12. 8.2 hrs • 3/31/2011 • Unabridged

    Roman statesman and philosopher Marcus Tullius Cicero wrote on a wide range of subjects, from Greek philosophy to moral duty to friendship. Though he considered philosophy secondary to politics and often used his writings for explicit political ends, his work has nevertheless been widely read for over two thousand years and has influenced everything from the culture of the Renaissance to the ideals of the founding fathers of the United States. This edition contains three of Cicero’s best-known works. In “On Friendship,” from his Treatises on Friendship and Old Age, Cicero examines the nature of true friendship, which he considers to be based on virtue and dependent upon honesty, truth, and trust. In De Officiis, or “On Duties,” written as a letter to his son, Cicero shares his beliefs about the potential conflicts between moral obligation and expedience. Finally, “Scipio’s Dream,” the sixth book of On the Republic, describes a fictional dream vision of the Roman general Scipio Aemilianus, set two years before the destruction of Carthage in 146 BC.

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  13. 5.0 hrs • 3/31/2011 • Unabridged

    This collection brings together three of Plato’s most enduring classics: the Symposium, the Apology, and the famous “Allegory of the Cave” from the Republic. The Symposium, a dialogue on the nature and purpose of love centered around the ideals of beauty and goodness, is arguably the deepest inquiry of its kind in Western philosophy. The Apology, Plato’s account of the speech given by Socrates at his trial in 399 BC, constitutes an essential defense of Socrates’ life and philosophy. Finally, the “Allegory of the Cave,” written as a fictional dialogue between Socrates and Plato’s brother Glaucon, is a profound commentary on the human understanding of reality. This edition is the translation by Benjamin Jowett.

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  14. 2.8 hrs • 7/1/2010 • Unabridged

    Plato’s dialogue in the Symposium, which has as its topic the subject of love, explores the idea of love as a means of ascent to contemplation of the Divine. For Plato, generally, to love other human beings is to direct one’s mind to love of Divinity. One proceeds from recognition of another’s beauty to appreciation of Beauty as it exists apart from any individual, to consideration of Divinity, the source of Beauty, to love of Divinity. Influential, particularly in Victorian England, Plato’s thoughts on love are timelessly presented in this fresh recording.

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    Plato: On Love

    Translated by Benjamin Jowett, MA
    Read by Robin Field
    2.8 hrs • 7/1/10 • Unabridged
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  15. 1.9 hrs • 7/1/2010 • Unabridged

    Aristotle’s Poetics is the earliest-surviving work of dramatic theory and the first fully intact philosophical treatise to focus on literary theory. In it, the respected Greek sage offers an account of what he calls poetry (which the Greeks understood to literally mean “making”), examining its first principles and identifying its genres and basic elements, including what he terms drama-comedy, tragedy, and the satyr play as well as lyric poetry, epic poetry, and iambic pentameter, which he always associates with wit. 

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    Aristotle

    1.9 hrs • 7/1/10 • Unabridged
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  16. 2.2 hrs • 5/5/2010 • Unabridged

    Few philosophers have so extensively influenced thought and language as Aristotle. His conception of the universe pervades Christian theology. Knowledge of his thought is necessary to understand Bacon, Galileo, and the modern scientific view of nature, as well as Dante and many passages from Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Milton. Many phrases such as “liberal education” and “theory” contrasted with “practice” originated with this student of Plato and tutor of Alexander the Great. Writing to inform the beginner and stimulate the expert, eminent scholar A. E. Taylor presents a searching analysis of Aristotle’s thought, including classification of the sciences; formal logic; theory of knowledge; matter and form; the four causes; God; physics; biology; sensation; ethics; theory of the state; and the fine arts. He also considers Aristotle’s provincialism, errors regarding the nervous system and astronomy, and defense of slavery. The Giants of Philosophy is a series of dramatic presentations, in understandable language, of the concerns, questions, interests, and overall world view of history’s greatest philosophers. Special emphasis on clear and relevant explanations gives you a new arsenal of insights toward living a better life.

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    Aristotle by Prof. Thomas C. Brickhouse

    Aristotle

    Produced by Pat Childs
    2.2 hrs • 5/5/10 • Unabridged
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