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  • A History of Western Philosophy | Bertrand Russell

    A History of Western Philosophy

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 7 mins)
    • 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"
  • The Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition | The Great Courses

    The Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition

    • ORIGINAL (30 hrs and 10 mins)
    • 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.

    Brian says: "A Rather "Spatial" Take on Philosophy"
  • Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines | The Great Courses

    Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Patrick Grim
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    The quest to understand the mind has motivated some of history's most profound thinkers. But only in our own time are we beginning to see the true complexity of this quest, as today's philosophers draw on the latest evidence from neuroscience, psychology, artificial intelligence, linguistics, and other fields to probe deeply into the inner workings of the mind.

    Douglas says: "Stellar Course!"
  • Philosophy of Science | The Great Courses

    Philosophy of Science

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Jeffrey L. Kasser
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    What makes science science? Why is science so successful? How do we distinguish science from pseudoscience? This exciting inquiry into the vigorous debate over the nature of science covers important philosophers such as Karl Popper, W. V. Quine, Thomas Kuhn, Paul Feyerabend, Imre Lakatos, Carl Hempel, Nelson Goodman, and Bas van Fraassen.

    CHET YARBROUGH says: "PHILOSOPHY AND SCIENCE"
  • The Modern Intellectual Tradition: From Descartes to Derrida | The Great Courses

    The Modern Intellectual Tradition: From Descartes to Derrida

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Lawrence Cahoone
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    What is reality? Ask yourself whether you can actually know the answer, much less be sure that you can know it, and you've begun to grapple with the metaphysical and epistemological quandaries that have occupied, teased, and tormented modern philosophy's greatest intellects since the dawn of modern science and a century before the Enlightenment.

    Carl says: "Outstanding summary of modern philosophy"
  • The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the Greater Philosophers | Will Durant

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

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Will Durant
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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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!"
  • The Problems with Philosophy | Bertrand Russell

    The Problems with Philosophy

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bertrand Russell
    • Narrated By James Langton
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    The Problems of Philosophy discusses Bertrand Russell's views on philosophy and the problems that arise in the field. Russell's views focus on knowledge rather than the metaphysical realm of philosophy. The Problems with Philosophy revolves around the central question that Russell asks in his opening line of Chapter 1 - Is there any knowledge in the world which is so certain that no reasonable man could doubt it?

    aaron says: "Not a first foray into philosophy"
  • The Passions: Philosophy and the Intelligence of Emotions | The Great Courses

    The Passions: Philosophy and the Intelligence of Emotions

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert C. Solomon
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    Conventional wisdom suggests there is a sharp distinction between emotion and reason. Emotions are seen as inferior, disruptive, primitive, and even bestial forces. These 24 remarkable lectures suggest otherwise-that emotions have intelligence and provide personal strategies that are vitally important to our everyday lives of perceiving, evaluating, appraising, understanding, and acting in the world.

    Jeongsup says: "Unfruitful"
  • An Introduction to Greek Philosophy | The Great Courses

    An Introduction to Greek Philosophy

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor David Roochnik
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    More than 2,500 years later, the fundamental questions asked by the ancient Greeks continue to challenge, fascinate, and instruct us. Is reality stable and permanent or is it always changing? Are ethical values like justice and courage relative? What is justice? What is happiness? How shall we best live our lives?In this series of 24 lectures, Professor Roochnik invites you to join this eternal discussion.

    Arn M. says: "Prof. Roochnik is a ROCK STAR!"
  • The Kybalion: A Study of Hermetic Philosophy of Ancient Egypt and Greece | The Three Intiates

    The Kybalion: A Study of Hermetic Philosophy of Ancient Egypt and Greece

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By The Three Intiates
    • Narrated By Mitch Horowitz
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    He was the father of the occult, the founder of astrology, the discoverer of alchemy. He was Hermes Trismegistus, and as the scribe of the gods of ancient Egypt, he possessed all divine knowledge... which he passed on to humanity, though only those who have been tutored in its wonders can fully understand it.In this extraordinary 1912 book, three secret initiates to his teachings - who remain anonymous to this day - share their insight with all who seek to understand the mysterious underpinnings of the universe and our relationship with it.

    Infantry Medic says: "The All is Mind. The Universe is Mental."
  • The Will to Power: The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche | The Great Courses

    The Will to Power: The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Kathleen M. Higgins, Professor Robert C. Solomon
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    Who was Friedrich Nietzsche? This lonely and chronically ill, yet passionate, daring, and complex man is perhaps the most mysterious and least understood of all contemporary philosophers. Why are his brilliant insights so relevant for today? How did he become the most misinterpreted and unfairly maligned intellectual figure of the last two centuries?

    Madeleine says: "Engaging Course"
  • The Modern Political Tradition: Hobbes to Habermas | The Great Courses

    The Modern Political Tradition: Hobbes to Habermas

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Lawrence Cahoone
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    Without even realizing it, we all use the fruits of political philosophy. From liberty to democracy to community, the terms and concepts originated by political philosophers are ingrained in our global consciousness. Yet many of us have an incomplete picture of how these ideas developed and, quite possibly, a skewed perception of their intentions and implications. This highly relevant course sheds light on the labyrinth of Western political and social theory, as well as its influence on modern history.

    Saud says: "Enlightening"
  • Essence of Buddhism: An Introduction to Its Philosophy and Practice | Traleg Kyabgon

    Essence of Buddhism: An Introduction to Its Philosophy and Practice

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Traleg Kyabgon
    • Narrated By Paul Ansdell
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    This lucid overview of the Buddhist path takes the perspective of the three "vehicles" of Tibetan Buddhism: the Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana. While these vehicles are usually presented as a historical development, they are here equated with the attitudes that individuals bring to their Buddhist practice. Basic to them all, however, is the need to understand our own immediate condition. The primary tool for achieving this is meditation, and The Essence of Buddhism serves as a handbook for the various meditative approaches of Buddhist practice.

    John S says: "This is the best book on Buddhism I have read"
  • Philosophy: Who Needs It | Ayn Rand

    Philosophy: Who Needs It

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
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    Who needs philosophy? Ayn Rand's answer: Everyone. This collection of essays was the last work planned by Ayn Rand before her death in 1982. In it, she summarizes her view of philosophy and deals with a broad spectrum of topics. According to Ayn Rand, the choice we make is not whether to have a philosophy, but which one to have: a rational, conscious, and therefore practical one, or a contradictory, unidentified, and ultimately lethal one.

    Sierra Bravo says: "Deep and provocative"
  • The Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction | Samir Okasha

    The Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Samir Okasha
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
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    What is science? Is there a real difference between science and myth? Is science objective? Can science explain everything? This Very Short Introduction provides a concise overview of the main themes of contemporary philosophy of science. Beginning with a short history of science to set the scene, Samir Okasha goes on to investigate the nature of scientific reasoning, scientific explanation, revolutions in science, and theories such as realism and anti-realism.

    Jamie says: "Excellent introduction"
  • The Consolations of Philosophy | Alain de Botton

    The Consolations of Philosophy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Alain de Botton
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    Alain de Botton has performed a stunning feat: He has transformed arcane philosophy into something accessible and entertaining, useful and kind. Drawing on the work of six of the world's most brilliant thinkers, de Botton has arranged a panoply of wisdom to guide us through our most common problems.

    Austin says: "Cheering, empathic, helpful"
  • Philosophy of Religion | The Great Courses

    Philosophy of Religion

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor James Hall
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    These 36 intellectually challenging yet remarkably clear lectures take you on an intellectual journey to explore the questions of divine existence, not from the standpoint of theology, but as an issue of epistemology, the classic branch of philosophy that concerns itself with knowledge theory: how we can know things and how we can know we know them.If you enjoy wrapping your mind around questions for which every potential answer triggers a new set of questions and issues, you will find this course particularly enjoyable, regardless of whether you define yourself as a believer, an atheist, or an agnostic.

    T. VanPool says: "Slow...Often Irrelevant...Incomplete"
  • A Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy | Philip Pettit,Robert E Goodin

    A Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy

    • UNABRIDGED (50 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Philip Pettit, Robert E Goodin
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
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    Political philosophy has become an increasingly active area of research over the past four decades. In response to the growing interest in the field, this new edition of A Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy has been extended significantly to include fifty–five chapters across two volumes written by some of today’s most distinguished scholars. Straddling analytic and continental philosophy, the first part of the Companion considers the contributions of economics, history, law, political science, international relations...

    Jason G. Cons says: "Great read, idiotic narration"
  • Islamic Philosophy: Bolinda Beginner Guides | Majid Fakhry

    Islamic Philosophy: Bolinda Beginner Guides

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Majid Fakhry
    • Narrated By Raad Rawi
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    A comprehensive examination of the struggle to reconcile philosophy and Islam. From the introduction of Greek Philosophy into the Muslim world in the eighth century, right through to modern times, Majid Fakhry charts the evolution and interaction of philosophy, theology, and mysticism in the Islamic context. Highlighting key individuals, movements, concepts, and writings, Fakhry also explores the conflicts and controversies between anti- and pro-philosophical parties.

    Cressida says: "Beautifully written, nicely narrated, dense"
  • How to Be a Poker Player: The Philosophy of Poker | Haseeb Qureshi

    How to Be a Poker Player: The Philosophy of Poker

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Haseeb Qureshi
    • Narrated By Haseeb Qureshi
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    It's no secret that masters of poker think differently than ordinary people. In this truly groundbreaking audiobook, Haseeb Qureshi, retired world-class high stakes poker pro and instructor, takes you on a journey of rediscovering the game of poker from the inside out. He explores the depths of strategy, psychology, and philosophy within poker, and teaches you his uniquely scientific perspective on approaching the game.

    Mark Garza says: "Incredible Bridge from Cognitive Biases to Poker"
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