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  1. 14.6 hrs • 7/1/2016 • Unabridged

    Translated into 100 languages, winner of the National Book Award, and named one of the 100 Most Influential Books since World War II by the Times Literary Supplement, Anarchy, State and Utopia remains one of the most theoretically trenchant and philosophically rich defenses of economic liberalism to date, as well as a foundational text in classical libertarian thought. With a new introduction by the philosopher Thomas Nagel, this revised edition will introduce Nozick and his work to a new generation of listeners.

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    Anarchy, State, and Utopia

    14.6 hrs • 7/1/16 • Unabridged
  2. 4.8 hrs • 6/1/2016 • Unabridged

    In 1831, a Frenchman named Alexis de Tocqueville arrived in New York convinced that the democratic spirit America had embraced would eventually spread across Europe. Democracy in America, a treatise on democratic government written from his fresh perspective as an outsider, is now a classic document of political history.

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    Democracy in America

    4.8 hrs • 6/1/16 • Unabridged
  3. 26.5 hrs • 12/1/2015 • Unabridged

    A timeless volume to be treasured, The Stone Reader provides an unparalleled overview of contemporary philosophy. Once solely the province of ivory tower professors and college classrooms, contemporary philosophy was finally emancipated from its academic closet in 2010, when the Stone was launched in the New York Times. First appearing as an online series, the column quickly attracted millions of readers through its accessible examination of universal topics like the nature of science, consciousness, and morality, while also probing more contemporary issues such as the morality of drones, gun control, and the gender divide. The Stone Reader presents 133 meaningful and influential essays from the series, placing nearly the entirety of modern philosophical discourse in the listener’s reach. The audiobook, divided into four broad sections: Philosophy, Science, Religion and Morals, and Society, opens with a series of questions about the scope, history, and identity of philosophy. What are the practical uses of philosophy? Does the discipline, begun in the West in ancient Greece with Socrates, favor men and exclude women? Does the history and study of philosophy betray a racial bias against nonwhite thinkers, or geographical bias toward the West? These questions and others form a foundation for listeners as the audiobook moves to the second section, Science, where some of our most urgent contemporary philosophical debates are taking place. Will artificial intelligence compromise our morality? Does neuroscience undermine our free will? Is there a legitimate place for the humanities in a world where science and technology appear to rule? Should the evidence for global warming change the way we live or die? In the book’s third section, Religion and Morals, we find philosophy where it is often at its best, working through the arguments provoked by competing moral theories in the face of real-life issues and rigorously addressing familiar ethical dilemmas in a new light. Can we have a true moral life without belief in God? What are the dangers of moral relativism? In its final part, Society, The Stone Reader returns to its origins as a forum to encourage philosophers who are willing to engage closely, critically, and analytically with the affairs of the day, including economic inequality, technology, and racial discrimination. In directly confronting events like the September 11 attacks, the killing of Trayvon Martin, and the Sandy Hook School massacre, the essays here reveal the power of philosophy to help shape our viewpoints on nearly every issue we face today.

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    The Stone Reader by Peter Catapano, Simon Critchley

    The Stone Reader

    Edited and introduced by Peter Catapano and Simon Critchley
    26.5 hrs • 12/1/15 • Unabridged
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  4. 2.2 hrs • 4/28/2015 • Unabridged

    In 1775 the American colonies were a hotbed of political discord. Many of the British policies, specifically taxes, had caused American colonial leaders to consider the unthinkable: declaring independence from the British Empire and its King George. One such leader, Thomas Paine, wrote Common Sense: a pamphlet that explained the advantages of immediate and complete independence. In 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was signed, Common Sense became a national sensation, and has remained an important part of American history.

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    Common Sense

    2.2 hrs • 4/28/15 • Unabridged
  5. 6.3 hrs • 4/7/2015 • Unabridged

    In The Social Contract, Rousseau explores the concept of freedom and the political structures that may enable people to acquire it. He argues that the sovereign power of a state lies not in any one ruler, but in the will of the general population, and that the ideal state would be a direct democracy where executive decision-making is carried out by citizens who meet in assembly, as they would in the ancient city-state of Athens. The thoughts contained in the work were instrumental to the advent of the American Revolution and became sacred to those leading the French Revolution. With traces of Aristotle and echoes of Plato’s Republic, The Social Contract is an exhilarating look at society and the definition of democracy.

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    The Social Contract

    6.3 hrs • 4/7/15 • Unabridged
  6. 5.1 hrs • 1/21/2015 • Unabridged

    An eye-opening and hard-hitting work, When Religion Is an Addiction not only puts the political activities of the right-wing in a new perspective, but explains how liberal responses have often enabled religious addiction to thrive. Dr. Minor applies contemporary understandings of addictions to the extreme Christian right-wing in the United States and concludes that for them religion is functioning as a process addiction. Crucial to the addictiveness of such religion is its obsession with human depravity, the ultimate expression of low self-worth. The emotional “high” of righteousness functions to eliminate the addicts’ sense of personal responsibility for their teachings, their actions, and their actions’ painful toll on other human beings.  Religious addiction, he observes, often covers sexual addictions. And the current right-wing obsession with political campaigns and victories is the even stronger fix the addiction demands to cover growing fears of failure. Too often the responses of liberals have been like those of enablers in an addict’s family who through their reactions prevent the addict from hitting bottom. Arguing about religion, for example, only promotes the addiction. In the final chapter Dr. Minor reveals a non-enabling way to respond to those people for whom religion functions as an addiction.

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    When Religion is an Addiction

    5.1 hrs • 1/21/15 • Unabridged
  7. 4.6 hrs • 8/21/2014 • Abridged

    Written in 1791 as a response to Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France, Thomas Paine’s Rights of Man is a seminal work on human freedom and equality. Using the French Revolution and its ideals as an example, he demonstrates his belief that any government must put the inherent rights of its citizens above all else, especially politics. After its publication, Paine left England for France and was tried in his absence for libel against the crown.

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    Rights of Man

    4.6 hrs • 8/21/14 • Abridged
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  8. 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
  9. 1.9 hrs • 8/1/2014 • Unabridged

    In Political Ideas, Bertrand Russell sets forth the idea that political ideals must be based upon the ideals that best benefit the individual to create the best life possible. He details the issues that his current economic system and the unequal distribution of wealth present in achieving said ideals. He puts forth his beliefs on what the purposes of an economic system should be, including production and security. He criticizes monopolies and all the damage that they have done. Russell then moves toward a critique of socialism and the connection between the distribution of power and the distribution of wealth. From there, he discusses individual liberty and public control and then expands to national independence and internationalism. He finishes with his belief that men must improve their feelings toward each other and mankind as a whole in order to fix the larger problems at hand.

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    Political Ideals

    1.9 hrs • 8/1/14 • Unabridged
  10. 4.8 hrs • 10/1/2013 • Unabridged

    Here is the world’s most famous master plan for seizing and holding power. Astonishing in its candor, The Prince is a disturbingly realistic and prophetic work on what it takes to be a prince, a king, a president. When, in 1512, Machiavelli was removed from his post in his beloved Florence, he resolved to set down a treatise on leadership that was practical, not idealistic. The prince he envisioned would be unencumbered by ordinary ethical and moral values. Through the years, The Prince has been misunderstood to the extent that Machiavelli’s name has become synonymous with unscrupulous political behavior. However, it remains essential reading as the ultimate book on power politics. In it Machiavelli analyzes the usually violent means by which men seize, retain, and lose political power. The Prince provides a remarkably uncompromising picture of the true nature of power, no matter who controls it or in what era.

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    The Prince

    4.8 hrs • 10/1/13 • Unabridged
  11. 2.1 hrs • 12/20/2012 • Unabridged

    First published as a pamphlet in June 1850, The Law is already well over 150 years old, and it will still be read when another century has passed. America now faces the same situation France did in 1848 and the same socialist-communist plans and ideas adopted there are now sweeping America—the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe notwithstanding. Bastiat’s explanation of and arguments against socialism are as valid today as they were when written, and his ideas deserve serious consideration. “Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. We object to a state religion. Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We object to a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against equality. And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain.”—Frédéric Bastiat

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    The Law by Frédéric Bastiat

    The Law

    Translated by Dean Russell
    2.1 hrs • 12/20/12 • Unabridged
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  12. 8.6 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Unabridged

    Renowned fake conservative pundit Stephen Colbert may have coined the word truthiness, but it's Greg Gutfeld, real conservative political pundit and host of the Fox News Channel's Red Eye, who has made a name for himself by unabashedly pronouncing the actual uncomfortable truthiness of life that is sure to shock the P.C. THE BIBLE OF UNSPEAKABLE TRUTHS is packed full of his most aggressive (and hilarious) rants, with each chapter devoted to a single "unspeakable truth." For example, in one chapter he might be ranting that "liberals are the least liberal minded people you know," and in the next, "you aren't racist if you make fun of poor whites." There might even be charts and diagrams as well.Though Gutfeld is best known for his "straight-from-the-gut" political commentary, as featured every night on Red Eye as well as his blog, The Daily Gut, this book will go well beyond politics, exploring pop culture, current events, and nearly every other aspect of life, such as "if house cats were your size, they would eat you without a second thought," "PETA would never march for a vulture," "the media wanted bird flu to kill thousands," "attractive people don't write for a living," and "Ethan Hawke is a rodent."With an irreverent voice, sharp wit, and a take on nearly everything, this "manual about how to think about things, for people equipped to think about things" will be one that listeners either love wholeheartedly, or love to hate -- and will guarantee to entertain and amuse anyone who's ever been afraid to say what they really thought. As Greg says, "In the end, this book should make you nod your head a lot, and laugh more. If it doesn't then you should probably seek medical help. I did. And I am the better for it!"

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    The Bible of Unspeakable Truths

    Foreword by Penn Jillette
    Read by Greg Gutfeld
    8.6 hrs • 7/15/12 • Unabridged
  13. 5.3 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Unabridged

    This much is true: you have been lied to. The government is expanding; taxes are increasing; more senseless wars are being planned; inflation is ballooning; our basic freedoms are disappearing. The Founding Fathers didn’t want any of this. In fact, they said so quite clearly in the Constitution. Unfortunately, that beautiful, ingenious, and revolutionary document is being ignored more and more in Washington. If we are to enjoy peace, freedom, and prosperity once again, we absolutely must return to the principles upon which America was founded. But finally, there is hope. In The Revolution,Ron Paul exposes the core truths behind everything threatening America, from the realreasons behind the collapse of the dollar and the looming financial crisis, to terrorism and the loss of our precious civil liberties. In this book, Ron Paul provides answers to questions that few even dare to ask. Despite a media blackout, this septuagenarian physician-turned-congressman sparked a movement that has attracted a legion of young, dedicated, enthusiastic supporters—a phenomenon that has amazed veteran political observers and made more than one political rival envious. “Dr. Paul cured my apathy,” said one of Paul’s popular campaign signs. The Revolution may cure yours as well.

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    The Revolution

    Read by Bob Craig
    5.3 hrs • 7/15/12 • Unabridged
  14. 10.4 hrs • 6/1/2012 • Unabridged

    The environment has long been the undisputed territory of the political Left, which casts international capitalism, consumerism, and the overexploitation of natural resources as the principle threats to the planet and sees top-down interventions as the most effective solution. In How to Think Seriously about the Planet, Roger Scruton rejects this view and offers a fresh approach to tackling the most important political problem of our time. He contends that the environmental movement is philosophically confused and has unrealistic agendas. Its sights are directed at large-scale events and the confrontation between international politics and multinational business. But Scruton argues that no large-scale environmental project, however well intentioned, will succeed if it is not rooted in small-scale practical reasoning. Seeing things on a large scale promotes top-down solutions, managed by unaccountable bureaucracies that fail to assess local conditions and rife with unintended consequences. Scruton calls for the greater efficacy of local initiatives over global schemes, civil association over political activism, and small-scale institutions of friendship over regulatory hypervigilance, suggesting that conservatism is far better suited to solving environmental problems than either liberalism or socialism. Rather than entrusting the environment to unwieldy NGOs and international committees, we must assume personal responsibility and foster local control. People must be empowered to take charge of their environment, to care for it as they would a home, and to involve themselves through the kind of local associations that have been the traditional goal of conservative politics. Our common future is by no means assured, but as Roger Scruton clearly demonstrates in this important book, there is a path that can ensure the future safety of our planet and our species.

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    How to Think Seriously about the Planet by Roger Scruton

    How to Think Seriously about the Planet

    10.4 hrs • 6/1/12 • Unabridged
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  15. 11.0 hrs • 5/3/2012 • Unabridged

    Considering the role of justice in our society and our lives, Michael Sandel reveals how an understanding of philosophy can help to make sense of politics, religion, morality—and our own convictions. Breaking down hotly contested issues—from abortion, euthanasia, and same-sex marriage to patriotism, dissent, and affirmative action—Sandel shows how the biggest questions in our civic life can be broken down and illuminated through reasoned debate.  Justice promises to take readers—of all ages and political persuasions—on an exhilarating journey to confront today’s political and moral controversies in a fresh and enlightening way.

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    Justice by Michael J. Sandel


    11.0 hrs • 5/3/12 • Unabridged
  16. 3.3 hrs • 4/4/2012 • Unabridged

    Saint Thomas Aquinas, an Italian philosopher and Dominican friar who lived during the thirteenth century, was the greatest of the medieval theologians. His writings harmonized faith and reason, which resulted in a Christian form of rationalism. This treatise comprises questions 90–97 of the Summa Theologica, in which St. Thomas presents a philosophical analysis of the nature and structure of law. Believing that law achieves its results by imposing moral obligations rather than outright force on those subject to it, he proceeds to explore vital questions about the essence of law, kinds of law, effects of law, eternal law, natural law, human law, and changes in law.

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    Treatise on Law

    3.3 hrs • 4/4/12 • Unabridged
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