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Jaded Buddha

Jaded Buddha San Francisco Member Since 2012
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  • "I've got some good news and some ba..."

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    The good news is that this is a very nicely done audio production of Hegel's Phenomenology.

    The bad news is that Hegel is still difficult.

    It's totally great to disagree with Hegel and all, but bear in mind that many major philosophers have already wrestled with and critiqued aspects of Hegel. Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Marx, Benjamin, Adorno, Debord, to name just a tiny fraction. So if you want to give this 1 star, you might try harder than something like "Couldn't understand this book WTF?"

    No way rlly? Hegel is hard to understand? And the Pope is Catholic? Whoah, rlly? lol ; )

    Tip: check out Jean Hyppolite's classic intro to the phenomenology, and also you can search for "the Bernstein Tapes" for some free intro lectures online.. Good luck!

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    Phenomenology of Spirit

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By G. W. F. Hegel, A. V. Miller (translator), J. N. Findlay
    • Narrated By David DeVries
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    Perhaps one of the most revolutionary works of philosophy ever presented, The Phenomenology of Spirit is Hegel's 1807 work that is in numerous ways extraordinary. A myriad of topics are discussed, and explained in such a harmoniously complex way that the method has been termed Hegelian dialectic. Ultimately, the work as a whole is a remarkable study of the mind's growth from its direct awareness to scientific philosophy, proving to be a difficult yet highly influential and enduring work.

    Jaded Buddha says: "I've got some good news and some bad news"
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    For me this is a remarkably listenable reading performance. Neenan's pacing is perfect for this text. He sounds a bit like Anthony Hopkins.

    Now, if only audible would hire him to read Minima Moralia by Adorno; One-Dimensional man by Herbert Marcuse; The making of Global Capital by Panitch and Gindin, etc. Audible, you can send me an email if you want my full request list. ; )

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    Existential Psychoanalysis

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    • By Jean-Paul Sartre
    • Narrated By William Neenan
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    In Existential Psychoanalysis, Sartre looks at existentialism through the lens of modern psychology, with a particular interest in Freud’s theory of determinism. By framing the “human situation” around an existentialist psychoanalysis, the French philosopher contradicts Freud by claiming that humans are in full control of their choices, behaviors, and decisions - blatantly disagreeing with Freud’s idea of the unconscious libido.

    Jaded Buddha says: "Great reading performance"
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PHIL's greatest hits:
  • Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder

    "Some good ideas, smart guy, not smart as HE thinks"

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    As a longtime reader of Taleb, I find him at best mostly bracing, sometimes head-turning with new twists of ideas, sometimes charmingly abrasive. He can be like a bright, independent-thinking pal to spend a walk with (and I walk with books mostly). This book is worth it on that level. There are important ideas here which the herd misses, probably to its ultimate regret. But plenty of time is spent here with ideas not as new and revolutionary as he touts them as, and of course the self-absorbed cheap-shot attacks on straw-man "academics," etc. Why spend so much time attacking mediocrities in that corner of the world? It gets repetitive, and that's where (despite his protestations) a SMART editor (unlike, again, the mediocre straw-man editors he criticizes) would come in handy. There seems to be a framing effect, a saliency bias, Mr Taleb is brilliant but very wrapped up in his world of airport luggage, dinners, academics, with a certain adolescent resentment about elements of it. I feel sometimes like I'm trapped in an airport luncheon with him and his loathsome dull academics, as he prattles on.

  • Experiments in Ethics

    "A gem"

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    Some people may be put off by the academic language and many references to history (which a widely-read person will recognize), especially early in the book. For me, my patience was pretty quickly rewarded. Listening to the sample will give a good sense of this. This author is digging through (and mapping out) something absolutely vital: what we see as good, right, wrong, by ourselves and in groups, and then, how we really act in situations that challenge us in these ways. The author takes us through history and all kinds of ways of thought from ancient times through the present (spanning philosophy, various branches of science, folkways and religions, tracing right up into the recent cognitive psychology) showing the sort of grab-bag we use, in arriving at who to be, what to do, and how to react. I find the language to be crackling English prose with an ideally English narrator, but I admit I do have a high verbal IQ and lots of education. If you like to take apart what you and others feel and do, and you like a bigger context in history and various ways of thought, it's ideal.

  • An Introduction to Evolutionary Ethics

    "Worth listening to"

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    This subject somewhat overlaps with that of another audible book, "Meeting at Grand Central: Understanding the Social and Evolutionary Roots of Cooperation." The common subject would be how (and by what mechanisms) ethical standards and behaviors emerge from our human condition, alongside or apart from the classical religious explanations. How, also, do these propagate across society, across physical distances and over time?
    This is a decent survey of the subject.
    From time to time the explanations seemed to bog down and get a bit repetitive, as if the author assumed I didn't get the straightforward explanation the first time, and so rephrased the matter perhaps three ways. Some may benefit from this. However, these passages went quickly enough.
    As to the narrator's performance, at first I was very put off by the lack of gravitas in her voice. I do not wish to be insulting, but right away I was stricken with the jarring image of a chirpy, cheery, over-dramatic gum-chewing "valley girl" type reading a scholarly work. Little bursts of energy seemed injected into sentences with no relevance to the content, as if the narrator was trying (too hard) to liven up a subject she perhaps thought in need of it. Fortunately, her voice seemed to slow down and mature a bit, fairly quickly into the work, though that sort of tone lingers, distractingly, throughout. Perhaps it was just out of fatigue, but it improved considerably, just after the introduction.

  • The Modern Scholar: Political Theory: The Classic Texts and Their Continuing Relevance

    "Inconsistent, but enjoyable"

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    Anyone looking for a wide-ranging, systematic treatment of classical political thought/science might look elsewhere. I would retitle this something like, "some of this professor's favorite important political thinkers: a grab bag." As such, it is fairly well-delivered and a pleasant listen. It is in a sort of vernacular, personalized style, which I might call "very college, very undergrad;" not the sort of high academic delivery I might have expected. Some will prefer that, and for fine reasons: it will speak to a pretty wide audience.

Arthur

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  • "Beginners start here! This is the o..."

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    I picked up this audiobook because I wanted to begin studying philosophy and I needed a starting point. I am not disappointed. Durant gave me the direction I was seeking and a lot more.

    One of the most valuable things it provides is the context in which each philosopher wrote their philosophy. Durant shows how the time and place of each philosopher affected each work. He also highlights the influence of other philosophers in each work.The great works of philosophy weren't created in a vacuum.

    I had never heard of Will Durant but as I listened I got the impression that whoever this guy was he really did his homework. How little did I know! Suffice to say that I believe he is qualified to write such an ambitious work. Look him up on Wikipedia if you are as ignorant as I.

    And what a narration! I can't speak highly enough of the way this sometimes difficult work was tackled by Gardner. I don't know how he did it, it's like he wrote the book himself and was conveying his own thoughts on the complicated mind of Kant or Nietzsche.

    If you don't know much about philosophy, you really can't go wrong with using this as a starting or reference point. I imagine even those with experience in the field will find Durant's insight beneficial.

    I was greatly pleased to find William James included in the discussion, but was disappointed not to find more on Descartes, Hume, Locke, and others.

    For reference, from wikipedia:

    "Philosophers profiled are, in order: Plato, Aristotle, Francis Bacon, Baruch Spinoza (with a section on Descartes), Voltaire (with a section on Rousseau), Immanuel Kant (with a section on Hegel), Arthur Schopenhauer, Herbert Spencer, and Friedrich Nietzsche." Also Henri Bergson, Benedetto Croce, Bertrand Russell, George Santayana, William James, and John Dewey.

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    The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the Greater Philosophers

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    • By Will Durant
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    Durant lucidly describes the philosophical systems of such world-famous “monarchs of the mind” as Plato, Aristotle, Francis Bacon, Spinoza, Kant, Voltaire, and Nietzsche. Along with their ideas, he offers their flesh-and-blood biographies, placing their thoughts within their own time and place and elucidating their influence on our modern intellectual heritage. This book is packed with wisdom and wit.

    Arthur says: "Beginners start here! This is the one you want!"

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    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Matthew Allen Newland
    • Narrated By Sean Schroeder
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    The quest to live forever continues. But why do we want to live forever? And is immortality even possible? It seems easy to imagine it (at least at first!), but after considering the idea a little more carefully, problems become obvious. Boredom, loneliness, and the effects (or ravages) of time on the body and the mind might all take their toll as the ages pass. These subjective problems, together with the more objective question of how a body might live forever, are all considered in this audiobook.

  • Atheist Universe: The Thinking Person's Answer to Christian Fundamentalism (






UNABRIDGED) by David Mills Narrated by David Smalley

    Atheist Universe: The Thinking Person's Answer to Christian Fundamentalism

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By David Mills
    • Narrated By David Smalley
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    Is there really a God? Or does God exist only in our heads? Is the Bible truly God's Word? Or is it a jumble of fanciful myths? Atheist Universe details why God is unnecessary to explain the universe's diversity, organization, and beauty. Using simple, straightforward logic, this audiobook rebuts every argument that claims to "prove" God's existence.