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  1. 11.9 hrs • 9/6/2016 • Unabridged

    The Republic poses questions that endure: What is justice? What form of community fosters the best possible life for human beings? What is the nature and destiny of the soul? What form of education provides the best leaders for a good republic? What are the various forms of poetry and the other arts, and which ones should be fostered and which ones should be discouraged? How does knowing differ from believing? Several characters in the dialogue present a variety of tempting answers to those questions. Cephalus, Polemarchus, Thrasymachus, and Glaucon all offer definitions of justice. Socrates, Glaucon, and Adeimantus explore five different forms of republic and evaluate the merits of each from the standpoint of goodness. Two contrasting models of education are proposed and examined. Three different forms of poetry are identified and analyzed. The difference between knowing and believing is discussed in relation to the objects of each kind of thinking. © Agora Publications

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    Plato's Republic

    By Plato
    Read by Ray Childs
    11.9 hrs • 9/6/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 0.2 hrs • 7/8/2016 • Unabridged

    These essays concern the different kinds of causation and their respective explanatory functions. Each of the following topics is discussed, in a clear and precise manner:The relationship between causation and prediction The relationship between causation and explanationThe relationship between prediction and explanationThe nature of counterfactual truth The relationship between counterfactual conditionals and the corresponding past-tense indicatives The relationship between counterfactual conditionals and the corresponding future-tense indicatives Program causality and its explanatory virtues The different kinds of causes involved in the development of mental illness. Singular causationThe nature of causal laws These topics are analyzed clearly, incisively, and originally, by the world authority on the topic of causation. This book is a fascinating adventure, to be cherished and listened to over and over.

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  3. 10.6 hrs • 6/1/2016 • Unabridged

    Immortal Man, a collection of lectures from the last years of Neville’s life, represents the teacher in his full maturity. Twenty-three hours with Neville take one to the outer limits of reason and into a realm of pure consciousness, where self and Self are one and creative through the dynamic of awakened imagination. This creativity, taught by Neville as by no one else—and certain of results when these are at least seen in the imagination as “natural”—proves that all the world’s a stage and that, as Neville writes, You are not the mask you are wearing; you are God.

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    Immortal Man

    Lectures by Neville Goddard
    10.6 hrs • 6/1/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 0.8 hrs • 4/14/2016 • Unabridged

    Inspirational daily quotes for each day of the year to encourage emotional growth and explain why certain events happen in your life Ask yourself the following: Do you notice the small miracles in your life?Do you see the truth in mundane events?Do you like to start your day with a spiritual pick-me-up? If you answered YES to the above, then this book is for you. Elsabe Smit has a knack for bringing spiritual teaching into our lives by interpreting events. She sees the truth in small things and brings them in line with the spiritual teachings that are sometimes hard to put into practice. In this book she shares her wisdom in a simple, effective way by providing snippets for contemplation. In Wonder Why? A Book of Truth for All Ages, you will learn inspirational daily quotes that will help you to understand:How your perceptions influence your experience, Why having strong emotions about anything makes your life worse, How to use humor that bites like a lamb rather than a lion,That under the skin we all share the same life experiences, How tradition sometimes is based on wrong information, Why carrying grudges is not healthy, That life and the universe aims at helping us find balance, What energy is and how to use energy, How to get the best out of change,How to turn incidents into opportunities, andMany other themes. The book is written as a series of inspirational daily quotes on which you can pause and reflect each day.

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    Wonder Why?

    0.8 hrs • 4/14/16 • Unabridged
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  5. 13.2 hrs • 10/28/2014 • Unabridged

    An inspiring and eye-opening exploration of the phenomenon of miracles from the New York Times #1 bestselling author of Bonhoeffer What are miracles and why do we believe in them? Is it for comfort, to explain the inexplicable, or do we simply long for a connection with something larger than ourselves? And why do some people dismiss them out of hand as if they can never happen? What Heaven Is for Real did for near-death experiences, Miracles does for the miraculous—it provides undeniably compelling evidence that there’s something real to be reckoned with, whatever one has thought of this topic before. It provides a wide range of real stories of the miraculous and will engage the reader in the serious discussion that this fascinating and rich subject deserves. Miracles is in some ways a more personal, anecdotal, and updated version of C. S. Lewis’ 1947 book on the subject. Metaxas’ Miracles is an exploration and an exhortation to view miracles as not only possible, but as far more widespread than most of us had ever imagined. Eric Metaxas says it is not a question of whether miracles happen—the evidence that they do is overwhelming in this book alone—but rather, what exactly are miracles, why do they happen, and how can we come to understand them in our own lives?

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    Miracles

    13.2 hrs • 10/28/14 • Unabridged
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  6. 5.7 hrs • 10/16/2014 • Unabridged

    From Eric Kaplan, acclaimed comedy writer, scholar, and coexecutive producer of The Big Bang Theory, comes a humorous philosophical investigation into the existence of Santa. Metaphysics isn’t ordinarily much of a laughing matter. But in the hands of acclaimed comedy writer and scholar Eric Kaplan, a search for the truth about old St. Nick becomes a deeply insightful, laugh-out-loud discussion of the way some things exist but may not really be there. Just like Santa and his reindeer. Even after we outgrow the jolly fellow, the essential paradox persists: there are some things we dearly believe in that are not universally acknowledged as real. In Does Santa Exist?, Kaplan shows how philosophy giants Bertrand Russell and Ludwig Wittgenstein strove to smooth over this uncomfortable meeting of the real and unreal—and failed. From there he turns to mysticism’s attempts to resolve such paradoxes, surveying Buddhism, Taoism, early Christianity, and Theosophy. Finally, this brilliant comic writer alights on—surprise—comedy as the ultimate resolution of the fundamental paradoxes of life, using examples from The Big Bang Theory, Monty Python’s cheese shop sketch, and many other pop-culture sources. Kaplan delves deeper into what this means, from how our physical brains work to his own personal confrontations with life’s biggest questions: If we’re all going to die, what’s the point of anything? What is a perfect moment? What can you say about God? Or Santa?

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    Does Santa Exist?

    5.7 hrs • 10/16/14 • Unabridged
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  7. 8.8 hrs • 10/10/2013 • Unabridged

    Physician Elisa Medhus relates her incredible journey from grief and skepticism to healing and belief in this must-listen book. Love knows no boundaries—not even death. Dr. Elisa Medhus never believed in life after death. As an accomplished physi­cian, she placed her faith in science. All of that changed after her son Erik took his own life and then reached out from the other side. Intimate, heartbreaking, and illuminating, My Son and the Afterlife takes listeners on an incredible journey from grief and skepticism to healing and belief. Based on Medhus’s wildly popular blog Channeling Erik, Medhus provides answers to the most universal questions of being human. At once tragic and uplifting, Erik speaks from the other side with candor, wisdom, and depth as he describes his own experiences and provides new answers about the nature of souls, death, and the afterlife—answers that have the potential to change our lives forever.

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    My Son and the Afterlife

    8.8 hrs • 10/10/13 • Unabridged
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  8. 5.6 hrs • 5/12/2011 • Unabridged

    From the bestselling author of Communion comes the mysterious true story of how an unknown visitor barged into Strieber’s hotel room late one night—and imparted extraordinary lessons in personal development and man’s fate that challenge us to rethink every assumption about the meaning of life. At two-thirty in the morning of June 6, 1998, Whitley Strieber was awakened by somebody knocking on his hotel room door. A man came in, and everything he said was life-altering. This is the unsettling and ultimately enlightening narrative of what happened that night. Strieber was never really sure who this strange and knowing visitor was—a “Master of Wisdom?” A figure from a different realm of consciousness? A preternaturally intelligent being? He called him the Master of the Key. The one thing of which Strieber was certain is that both the man and the encounter were real. The main concern of the Master of the Key is to save each of us from self-imprisonment. “Mankind is trapped,” the stranger tells Strieber. “I want to help you spring the trap.” In a sweeping exchange between Strieber and the stranger—which takes the form of a classical student-teacher dialogue in pursuit of inner understanding—the unknown man presents a lesson in human potential, esoteric psychology, and man’s fate. He illuminates why man has been caught in a cycle of repeat violence and self-destruction—and the slender, but very real, possibility for release. In its breadth and intimacy, The Key is on par with contemporary metaphysical traditions, such as A Course in Miracles, or even with the dialogues of modern wisdom teachers, such as D. T. Suzuki and Carl Jung.

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    The Key

    5.6 hrs • 5/12/11 • Unabridged
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  9. 3.3 hrs • 4/26/2011 • Unabridged

    Immanuel Kant’s Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Morals, first published in 1785, lays out Kant’s essential philosophy and defines the concepts and arguments that would shape his later work. Central to Kant’s doctrine is the categorical imperative, which he defines as a mandate that human actions should always conform to a universal, unchanging standard of rational morality. Directly opposed to utilitarian philosophy, Kant’s theories have been broadly influential since their publication and stand as a seminal contribution to ethical thought. Although Kant expanded upon the ideas defined here in his later work, including the Critique of Pure Reason and the Metaphysics of Morals, it is in his Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Morals that they are communicated in their most clear, concise form. This edition is the translation by Thomas Kingsmill Abbott.

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  10. 3.2 hrs • 2/4/2011 • Unabridged

    In As a Man Thinketh, James Allen showed how our thoughts determine our lives. In Eight Pillars of Prosperity, he reveals the exact qualities upon which we must meditate in order to achieve lasting success. “A business built up on the faultless practice of all these principles,” Allen writes, “would be so firm and enduring as to be invincible. Nothing could injure it; nothing could undermine its prosperity, nothing could interrupt its success.” A “book of virtues” for adults, Eight Pillars of Prosperity distills the wisdom of the ages in one essential volume

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    Eight Pillars of Prosperity

    3.2 hrs • 2/4/11 • Unabridged
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  11. 1.3 hrs • 12/1/2004 • Unabridged

    Schopenhauer, the “philosopher of pessimism,” makes it very plain that he regards the world and our life in it as a bad joke. But if the world is indifferent to our fate, it doesn’t thwart us on purpose. The world’s façade is supported by what Schopenhauer calls the universal Will—blind and without purpose. This Will brings on all our misery and suffering; our only hope is to liberate ourselves from its power and from the trappings of individualism and egoism that are at its mercy. In Schopenhauer in 90 Minutes, Paul Strathern offers a concise, expert account of Schopenhauer’s life and ideas and explains their influence on man’s struggle to understand his existence in the world. The book also includes selections from Schopenhauer’s writings, a brief list of suggested readings for those who wish to delve deeper, and chronologies that place Schopenhauer within his own age and in the broader scheme of philosophy.

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    Schopenhauer in 90 Minutes by Paul Strathern
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