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Benedict

Benedict SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States Member Since 2003

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  • "Philosophy for the Real Life"

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    I found out about Seneca from reading Tim Ferriss' books, and I am so glad I followed up and got this Audible presentation.

    Seneca had a crazy boss: The Roman Emperor Nero. But Seneca was able, till the last, to administer the Roman Empire. Seneca's philosophy is born of life experience at the highest levels of human existence.

    For anyone who is interested in a deeper understanding of life, life that is not made up, I highly recommend this book.

    The book is set up as letters to a friend so you don't have to worry about a wall of inscrutable words, and you should know this text is Not inscrutable!

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    Moral Letters to Lucilius, Vol. 1

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    • By Seneca
    • Narrated By John A. Robinson
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    This audiobook contains the first 65 letters of Seneca's series of Stoic philosophic explorations, covering subjects as far reaching as fame, death, travel, and asthma. Heavily referenced and quoted by many, the full text is read for you, unabridged.

    Benedict says: "Philosophy for the Real Life"
  • "What we have forgotten!"

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    I remember reading this brief pamphlet in college and having to go for a drive in my car several times before I could finish it.

    I shall not try to improve on Thoreau by recounting the text, but highly recommend this book for "How to be an actual American."

    The price is right, the time to listen to it is right!

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    Civil Disobedience

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    • By Henry David Thoreau
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
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    Benedict says: "What we have forgotten!"
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Thomas's greatest hits:
  • The Modern Scholar: Philosophy of Mind

    "Clear and Well Balanced"

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    The issues in philosophy of mind are some of the most challenging and important to our understanding of ourselves as human beings that one can imagine. Are our minds illusions, our thoughts determined? Do we have free will? Prof. Pessin's lectures present the issues and principal voices in this field with clarity. He aims to let the great variety of points of view be understood on their own terms. He carefully provides the listener with resources for grasping both the excitement of the field and the difficult choices to be made.

  • Kantian Reason and Hegelian Spirit: The Idealistic Logic of Modern Theology

    "Masterful Insight into Modern Theology"

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    The book is amazing. Dorrien takes the reader on a journey through the development of modern liberal theology full of illuminating detail in the development of ideas, biographical information on the lives, relationships, and conflicts of the theologians and philosophers involved, and description of the social context surrounding the development of this great tradition. His mastery of the material and nuanced interpretation are evident throughout. Again and again his treatments of individual theologians are superb small-scale intellectual biographies. I found his treatments of Schleiermacher, Coleridge, Strauss, Kierkegaard, and Barth especially fascinating, though others were jewels as well.

    With so wide-ranging a book, focusing on both German and British traditions in the 19th and 20th centuries, there will certainly be debates and disagreements, but one could hardly ask for a better guide through this material than Dorrien has become.

    I am really grateful to Audible Ltd. for bringing a book of this quality into the realm of audiobooks. I would have put off the reading of so formidable a volume, but I started listening to it, and its content captured me. It was a truly interesting journey.

    The great incongruity in the experience, however, was with the reader. This is a book with the names of two German philosophers in the title! How could a reader be chosen for it who has no idea how to pronounce German (or French or Latin for that matter)? The reader has a beautiful, sonorous voice and reads smoothly and quickly. But so many names are mispronounced! And this book is full of German names. He even mispronounces "Mozart." Hasn't he even seen "Amadeus"? When he reads titles, it becomes a sport trying to figure out the German behind the garble.I especially loved the hilarious sounding "jar-bucker."

    His reading of English is also very careless. He drops syllables from many longer words and often supplies the "not quite right" word into the text. He reads dialect for dialectic, cavalry for Calvary, aspirations for aspersions, revalant for relevant, "vow-shaved" for vouchsafed, and on and on and on. The simple word "piety" and related words such as pietism must occur well over a thousand times in this book. It would take only a moment to look up the pronunciation in any dictionary. But using a variety of mispronunciations, the reader mangles the words every single time they occur.

    This is a long book and the reading is a persistent distraction to concentrating on its great content. It's like the great suffering one must go through to reach a worthwhile goal.

  • Augustine: A Very Short Introduction

    "Depth, Excellence, and Brevity Together"

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    This is a book that nearly perfectly accomplishes its mission.

    It is written by an excellent scholar who understood Augustine and his times in depth and with genuine human and philosophical empathy. Given the vastness of Augustine's writing and influence, Chadwick is a wonderful guide to select the elements of Augustine's thought and context that are most illuminating and to bring them into interaction with each other. Chadwick is especially good in clarifying the philosophical journey of Augustine from his long formation in pagan and non-Christian contexts of thought through his conversion and to the reshaping of that formation as a Christian bishop. Chadwick knows that he cannot cover everything. He makes well thought out choices and writes with concise clarity.

    The book is beautifully read by Phil Holland.

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  • "Doing everything except what you sh..."

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    What did you love best about The Art of Procrastination?

    My brother once said, "Did you ever notice how everything is more interesting when you have homework looming? Even bad TV?" Well this short book discusses why that is. It will get you thinking about your procrastinating and when you are likely to do it.
    You know better. Still you persist.
    I found this discussion of putting-things-off humorous, honest and real. It does not make lists of helpful tools so you can cure your bad habit. Instead the author just assumes that you procrastinate and will continue to do so. And the discussion goes from there. For some reason that works for changing my habits more than those hokey "you should" books. This book is as long as a movie. Once started, I didn't procrastinate. I listened to the entire book in one evening. It was fun and thought provoking and I think helpful.


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    The Art of Procrastination: A Guide to Effective Dawdling, Lollygagging, and Postponing, or, Getting Things Done by Putting Them Off

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    John Perry’s insights and laugh-out-loud humor bring to mind Thurber, Wodehouse, and Harry Frankfurt’s On Bullshit. This charming and accessible audio educates, entertains, and illuminates a universal subject. Procrastinators will be relieved to learn that you can actually accomplish quite a lot while procrastinating. In fact, the book itself is the result of Perry avoiding grading papers, refereeing academic proposals, and reviewing dissertation drafts. It also has a practical side, offering up advice that listeners can put to use.

    G-Man says: "Doing everything except what you should"

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  • 4.8 (38 ratings)

    Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition

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    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Grant Hardy
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    Western philosophy is a vast intellectual tradition, the product of thousands of years of revolutionary thought built up by a rich collection of brilliant minds. But to understand the Western intellectual tradition is to get only half the story. The Eastern intellectual tradition has made just as important a contribution-and is also the product of thousands of years of cumulative thought by a distinct group of brilliant thinkers. Their ideas demonstrate wholly different ways of approaching and solving the same fundamental issues that concerned the West's greatest thinkers, such as . the existence of God; . the meaning of life; and. the nature of truth and reality.This epic and comprehensive 36-lecture examination of the East's most influential philosophers and thinkers-from a much-honored teacher and scholar-offers a thought-provoking look at the surprising connections and differences between East and West. By introducing you to the people-including The Buddha, Ashoka, Prince Shotoku, Confucius, and Gandhi-responsible for molding Asian philosophy and for giving birth to a wide variety of spiritual and ideological systems, it will strengthen your knowledge of cultures that play increasingly important roles in our globalized 21st-century world.

    Michael says: "Great Lectures among the best of the Great Courses"
  • 4.4 (1805 ratings)

    Man's Search for Meaning

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    • By Viktor E. Frankl
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    Internationally renowned psychiatrist, Viktor E. Frankl, endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps. During, and partly because of his suffering, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man's primary motivational force is his search for meaning.

    Ann Marie says: "I will isten again and again"
  • 4.3 (732 ratings)

    The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values

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    In this explosive new book, Sam Harris tears down the wall between scientific facts and human values, arguing that most people are simply mistaken about the relationship between morality and the rest of human knowledge. Harris urges us to think about morality in terms of human and animal well-being, viewing the experiences of conscious creatures as peaks and valleys on a "moral landscape".

    gerald says: "The book says what many feel, but fear to say"
  • 4.4 (656 ratings)

    The Abolition of Man & The Great Divorce

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    • By C.S. Lewis
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    Have we been taught to discount the veracity and deeper meaning of our emotional resonance with the world around us? In The Abolition of Man, C.S. Lewis looks at the curriculum of the English "prep school" and begins to wonder if this subliminal teaching has indeed produced a generation who discount such a nature.

    Joseph says: "Two great (but quite different) gems from CSL"
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  • 4.3 (377 ratings)

    The Problem of Pain

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    • By C. S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    For centuries Christians have been tormented by one question above all, "If God is good and all-powerful, why does he allow his creatures to suffer pain?"

    David says: "An Extraordinary Little Book"
  • 4.4 (335 ratings)

    Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal

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    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
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    The foundations of capitalism are being battered by a flood of altruism, which is the cause of the modern world's collapse. This was the view of Ayn Rand, a view so radically opposed to prevailing attitudes that it constituted a major philosophic revolution. In this series of essays, she presented her stand on the persecution of big business, the causes of war, the default of conservatism, and the evils of altruism.

    steve says: "Must listen"
  • 4.3 (244 ratings)

    Miracles

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    • By C. S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    "The central miracle asserted by Christians is the Incarnation. They say that God became Man. Every other miracle prepares the way for this, or results from this." This is the key statement of Miracles, in which C.S. Lewis shows that a Christian must not only accept but rejoice in miracles as a testimony of the unique personal involvement of God in His creation.

    Philip says: "Christianity for"
  • Hero: The Secret

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    • By Rhonda Byrne
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    From Rhonda Byrne, creator of the international bestselling movie and book, The Secret, comes HERO, her latest world-changing project and the most important to date. What is your true calling and why aren't you already living it? Imagine if there was a map that showed you step by step how to get from where you are now to your true calling and the life you were born to live - the most brilliant, rich, fulfilling, and dazzling life you could ever dream of. You are holding in your hands such a map. HERO is the map for your life.

    Shivakumar says: "An Amazing Book from Rhonda Byrne,A Must to Read"
  • The 48 Laws of Power

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert Greene
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
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    Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this piercing work distills 3,000 years of the history of power into 48 well-explicated laws. This bold volume outlines the laws of power in their unvarnished essence, synthesizing the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun-tzu, Carl von Clausewitz, and other great thinkers.

    Richard Leon says: "Not a how to guide .."
  • A New Earth: The Opportunity of Our Time

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    • By Eckhart Tolle
    • Narrated By Eckhart Tolle
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    Humanity now, perhaps more than in any previous time, has an opportunity to create a new, saner, more loving world. This will involve a radical inner leap from the current egoic consciousness to an entirely new one. In illuminating the nature of this shift in consciousness, Tolle describes in detail how our current ego-based state of consciousness operates. Then gently, and in very practical terms, he leads us into this new consciousness. We will come to experience who we truly are and learn to live and breathe freely.

    Mr. Word Sponge says: "A Realized Being Shares In Person...a rare find."
  • Man's Search for Meaning

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Viktor E. Frankl
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    Internationally renowned psychiatrist, Viktor E. Frankl, endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps. During, and partly because of his suffering, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man's primary motivational force is his search for meaning.

    Ann Marie says: "I will isten again and again"
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  • The God Delusion

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    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
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    Discover magazine recently called Richard Dawkins "Darwin's Rottweiler" for his fierce and effective defense of evolution. Prospect magazine voted him among the top three public intellectuals in the world (along with Umberto Eco and Noam Chomsky). Now Dawkins turns his considerable intellect on religion, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

    Rick Just says: "Dangerous Religion"
  • Why Science Does Not Disprove God

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Amir Aczel
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    The renowned science writer, mathematician, and best-selling author of Fermat's Last Theorem masterfully refutes the overreaching claims of the "New Atheists," providing millions of educated believers with a clear, engaging explanation of what science really says, how there's still much space for the Divine in the universe, and why faith in both God and empirical science are not mutually exclusive.

  • The Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition

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    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Daniel N. Robinson
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    Grasp the important ideas that have served as the backbone of philosophy across the ages with this extraordinary 60-lecture series. This is your opportunity to explore the enormous range of philosophical perspectives and ponder the most important and enduring of human questions-without spending your life poring over dense philosophical texts.

    W. Morgan says: "Great overview with some degree of detail"
  • The Art of War: The Strategy of Sun Tzu

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    • By Sun Tzu
    • Narrated By Mike Borris
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    This timeless text is required listening for any business person or athlete interested in strategy. It includes a soundtrack entitled "The Mysterious Sound of Wind In the Bamboo", a 43-minute collection of Zen-inspired Japanese music by the Matsu Take Ensemble.

    Kwinsee says: "Surprise change"
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  • The Abolition of Man & The Great Divorce

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
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    Have we been taught to discount the veracity and deeper meaning of our emotional resonance with the world around us? In The Abolition of Man, C.S. Lewis looks at the curriculum of the English "prep school" and begins to wonder if this subliminal teaching has indeed produced a generation who discount such a nature.

    Joseph says: "Two great (but quite different) gems from CSL"
  • Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition

    • ORIGINAL (43 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Alan Charles Kors, Professor Darren Staloff, Professor Dennis Dalton, and others
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    For 3,000 years, mankind has grappled with fundamental questions about life. What is real? Who or what is God? When is it legitimate for one person to have power over others? What is justice? Beauty? This 84-lecture, 12-professor tour of Western philosophical tradition covers more than 60 of history's greatest minds and brings you a comprehensive survey of the history of Western philosophy from its origins in classical Greece to the present.

    James says: "Fantastic overview"
  • A History of Western Philosophy

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    • By Bertrand Russell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
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    Bertrand Russell's A History of Western Philosophy serves as the perfect introduction to its subject; it remains unchallenged as the greatest account of the history of Western thought. Charting philosophy's course from the pre-Socratics up to the early twentieth century, Russell relates each philosopher and school to their respective historical and cultural contexts, providing erudite commentary throughout his invaluable survey.

    Gary says: "Works on all levels"
  • Meditations

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    • By Marcus Aurelius
    • Narrated By Duncan Steen
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    One of the most significant books ever written by a head of State, the Meditations are a collection of philosophical thoughts by the Emperor Marcus Aurelius (121 - 180 ce). Covering issues such as duty, forgiveness, brotherhood, strength in adversity and the best way to approach life and death, the Meditations have inspired thinkers, poets and politicians since their first publication more than 500 years ago. Today, the book stands as one of the great guides and companions - a cornerstone of Western thought.

    Guilherme says: "Stoic Wisdom at it's best"
  • A Discourse Upon the Origin and the Foundation of the Inequality Among Mankind

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    • By Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
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    Discourse on the Origin and Basis of Inequality Among Men was written in response to a competition run by the Academy of Dijon answering the prompt: What is the origin of inequality among men, and whether such inequality is authorized by natural law? Rousseau puts forth the concept of two types of inequity: natural/physical and moral/political. He focuses on moral inequality and its link to power and wealth. He also covers the areas of self-love, compassion for others, and free-agency.

  • Religion in Public: Locke's Political Theology: Cultural Memory in the Present

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    • By Elizabeth Pritchard
    • Narrated By Tim Lundeen
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    John Locke's theory of toleration is generally seen as advocating the privatization of religion. This interpretation has become conventional wisdom: secularization is widely understood as entailing the privatization of religion, and the separation of religion from power. This audiobook turns that conventional wisdom on its head and argues that Locke secularizes religion, that is, makes it worldly, public, and political. In the name of diverse citizenship, Locke reconstructs religion as persuasion, speech, and fashion.

  • Why Science Does Not Disprove God

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    • By Amir Aczel
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    The renowned science writer, mathematician, and best-selling author of Fermat's Last Theorem masterfully refutes the overreaching claims of the "New Atheists," providing millions of educated believers with a clear, engaging explanation of what science really says, how there's still much space for the Divine in the universe, and why faith in both God and empirical science are not mutually exclusive.

  • Dollars Want Me: The New Road to Opulence

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    • By Henry Harrison Brown
    • Narrated By Denis Daly
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    The secret to success has been around since our ancestors crawled out of their cave, and went looking for a Mastodon for lunch. It’s a positive attitude. But even those with that attitude need a boost now and then, and here’s an hour of great ideas to listen to on that commute, so you will hit the ground running. A story masterfully told by that voice from “Down Under”, Denis Daly.

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  • The Lost Teachings of Yoga: How to Find Happiness, Peace, and Freedom Through Time-Tested Wisdom

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    • By Georg Feuerstein
    • Narrated By Georg Feuerstein
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    It is estimated that more than 20 million Americans have practiced some form of yoga, yet almost none of them have heard of yoga's early teachers or their insights. While we are familiar with yoga's physical benefits, the original purpose of yoga as a path to inner freedom and enlightenment is embodied by only a few students in the West. Now yoga scholar Georg Feuerstein immerses you in The Lost Teachings of Yoga, the first comprehensive audio curriculum about yoga's original spiritual wisdom and practices.

    Rubina says: "Thank you Georg for writing this book."
  • Talete. Il filosofo dell’acqua [Thales. The Philosopher of Water]

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    • By Guido Erz
    • Narrated By Lorenzo Visi
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    Il primo volume della collana in audiolibro "Filosofia antica" riguarda il primo filosofo della storia della filosofia, Talete. Filosofo misterioso e grandioso, sapiente e scienziato, che per la prima volta ricerca un principio (arkhé) dell’universo che trova nell’acqua. Con lui iniziò lo straordinario racconto della filosofia occidentale, di lui questo audiolibro restituisce la grandezza e il mistero, che è anche il mistero della nostra origine.

  • Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away

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    • By Rebecca Goldstein
    • Narrated By Dennis Holland
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    Is philosophy obsolete? Are the ancient questions still relevant in the age of cosmology and neuroscience, not to mention crowd-sourcing and cable news? The acclaimed philosopher and novelist Rebecca Newberger Goldstein provides a dazzlingly original plunge into the drama of philosophy, revealing its hidden role in today’s debates on religion, morality, politics, and science.

    ARG says: "Was looking forward to it, can't bear it"