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  • What Is Analytic Philosophy?

  • By: J.-M. Kuczynski
  • Narrated by: John-Michael Kuczynski
  • Length: 2 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Philosophy is the analysis of the categories in terms of which we understand the world. Analytic philosophy is simply philosophy that is pursued with a high degree of awareness of what philosophy is. Contrary to what Wittgenstein alleges, analytic philosophy is not linguistic philosophy; for it is only to the quite limited extent that meaning-analysis takes the form of sentential analysis that the latter falls within the bailiwick of analytic philosophy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • incredibly brilliant work

  • By SCOTT on 09-26-16

incredibly illuminating

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-27-16

Where does What Is Analytic Philosophy? rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top five

What other book might you compare What Is Analytic Philosophy? to and why?

the critique of pure reason, because it is so systematic and profound

What aspect of John-Michael Kuczynski’s performance would you have changed?

the recording quality was low, plus he spoke too fast

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

the distinction between logical form and grammatical form

Any additional comments?

I learned a lot, and it was witty

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Quantum Physics and Universal Determinism

  • A Dialogue
  • By: J.-M. Kuczynski
  • Narrated by: Judy Rounda
  • Length: 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

In this fictitious dialogue, it is clearly explained how quantum physics is deterministic and how it is indeterministic, and it is also clearly said what Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great discussion of determinism

  • By SCOTT on 09-26-16

a clear discussion of foundational issues

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-27-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Quantum Physics and Universal Determinism to be better than the print version?

slightly, but the narrator wasn't very good

What was one of the most memorable moments of Quantum Physics and Universal Determinism?

the discussion of the different kinds of determinism

What didn’t you like about Judy Rounda’s performance?

it was slow and uneven. too slow

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

yes, the part where Heisenberg's uncertainty principle was being explained in lay terms

Any additional comments?

this book is for people who really want to understand foundational issues. the usual pseudo-intellectuals who read pop-physics will be turned off, since this book does not validate their palaver and glib reasoning. it was refreshingly authoritative.

21 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • Money and Morality

  • By: J.-M. Kuczynski
  • Narrated by: Mitchell Johnson
  • Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17

This volume describes the ruinous consequences of pseudo-professions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • telling it like it is

  • By Avi on 09-26-16

very honest, very logical

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-27-16

Where does Money and Morality rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 10

What did you like best about this story?

The discussion of the laws of economics

What about Mitchell Johnson’s performance did you like?

it was relaxed

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

skillfully written, clever reasoning

Any additional comments?

very clear, very honest and forthright

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Rationality vs. Intelligence

  • A Dialogue
  • By: J.-M. Kuczynski
  • Narrated by: J.-M. Kuczynski
  • Length: 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

It is explained how rationality differs from intelligence and, on this basis, it is explained why it is that animals, though intelligent, are not rational.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great philosophy, good dialogue

  • By Avi on 09-26-16

clever, fast paced, sharp

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-27-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes, sharp analysis combined with good acting

What did you like best about this story?

the fast-paced back and forth

What about J.-M. Kuczynski’s performance did you like?

understatedly passionate

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes, just the right length for that

Any additional comments?

very clever, I want more from this author!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Epistemology

  • By: J.-M. Kuczynski
  • Narrated by: Randy Whitlow
  • Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 72

This work gives clear rigorous answers to the fundamental questions of epistemology, these being: What is knowledge? How does declarative knowledge differ from procedural knowledge? How does intuitive knowledge differ from discursive knowledge? How does scientific knowledge differ from non-scientific knowledge? What is the difference between discovery and justification? And much more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The ultimate philosophy book

  • By David on 09-25-16

for very, very smart people

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-27-16

If you could sum up Epistemology in three words, what would they be?

Thinking about thinking

Who was your favorite character and why?

it was non-fiction

Have you listened to any of Randy Whitlow’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

epistemology by j.-m. kuczynski phd

Any additional comments?

great narrator! should be on a car commercial

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Analytic Truth vs. Formal Truth: A Dialogue

  • By: J.-M. Kuczynski
  • Narrated by: Norma Jean Gradsky
  • Length: 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

It is made clear what analytic truth is and how it differs from formal truth. Some important theorems about incompleteness are stated both comprehensibly and accurately.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fabulous narration, a lovely book

  • By Avi on 09-27-16

fabulous narration, a lovely book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-27-16

If you could sum up Analytic Truth vs. Formal Truth: A Dialogue in three words, what would they be?

I bought this book because Kuczynski is such a great author, but I really like the narrator!

What other book might you compare Analytic Truth vs. Formal Truth: A Dialogue to and why?

Is mathematics the syntax of language, by kurt godel, or may be semantics and necessary truth, by Arthur pap

Which character – as performed by Norma Jean Gradsky – was your favorite?

not applicable

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

that formal truth is only one kind of analytic truth

Any additional comments?

The author is very erudite.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Six Short Papers on Causality

  • By: J.-M. Kuczynski
  • Narrated by: John-Michael Kuczynski
  • Length: 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

These essays concern the different kinds of causation and their respective explanatory functions. More precisely, the following topics are covered: The relationship between causation and prediction, between causation and explanation, and between prediction and explanation. The nature of program-explanation, as well as its explanatory virtues. The relationship between causal statements and counterfactual statements, between counterfactual statements and predictions, and more..

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most enjoyable audio book I have

  • By David on 09-25-16

good philosophy, good science

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-27-16

What did you love best about Six Short Papers on Causality?

he really, really understands causation. and he makes it so clear!

What other book might you compare Six Short Papers on Causality to and why?

something by Max Jammer, probably, e.g. the concept of space

What about John-Michael Kuczynski’s performance did you like?

the controlled passion

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

six papers on causality

Any additional comments?

a lovely book, wish it had been longer, but worth a credit definitely

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Two Kinds of Insanity

  • And Other Philosophical Papers
  • By: J.-M. Kuczynski
  • Narrated by: John-Michael Kuczynski
  • Length: 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

This volume contains lively, yet penetrating examinations of issues of crucial importance, including: the nature of rationality, the different ways in which rationality can be corrupted, the nature of persistence in time, the nature of our knowledge of the future, and the nature of purely conceptual truths and our knowledge thereof.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a true psychoanalyst

  • By Avi on 09-27-16

a true psychoanalyst

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-27-16

What did you love best about Two Kinds of Insanity?

the anlaysis of the distinction between ego syntonic and ego dystonic conditions

What did you like best about this story?

the discussion of ocd

Have you listened to any of John-Michael Kuczynski’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

this was my first

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

it was very smart, sometimes rather witty

Any additional comments?

the narration not as good as the content

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Do We Think in Words?

  • By: J.-M. Kuczynski
  • Narrated by: John-Michael Kuczynski
  • Length: 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

This briskly written little book rigorously establishes that in order to be able to use language, it is necessary to be able to think and, consequently, that linguistic ability is not constitutive of cognitive ability. But it is also explained why it is that linguistic ability so greatly enhanced cognitive ability. Wittgenstein's famous Private Language and Rule Following Arguments are assiduously analyzed and decisively refuted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • best philosphical work of the last 100 years

  • By SCOTT on 09-26-16

Made me think

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-27-16

If you could sum up Do We Think in Words? in three words, what would they be?

Language presupposes thought.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Do We Think in Words??

The analysis of the cognitive role of consciousness

Would you listen to another book narrated by John-Michael Kuczynski?

yes

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

too long for that, too much information for one sitting

Any additional comments?

a profound book

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Kant's Ethics

  • By: J.-M. Kuczynski
  • Narrated by: Norma Jean Gradsky
  • Length: 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13

A must-listen for anyone interested in philosophical psychology, moral epistemology, or Kant interpretation, this brisk monograph provides a long-overdue alternative to the dreary and opaque tomes on which Kant aficionados have thus far had to rely.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By John-Michael on 09-25-16

lovely and poetic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-27-16

What made the experience of listening to Kant's Ethics the most enjoyable?

It was almost literary, and yet it really made think much more deeply than I usually do.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Kant's Ethics?

The discussion of rationality, how it is different from intelligence

Have you listened to any of Norma Jean Gradsky’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was my first. I was very impressed!

If you could give Kant's Ethics a new subtitle, what would it be?

Rationality vs. Morality

Any additional comments?

brilliant book, and Norma Jean Gradsky sounds like Angela Lansbury!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful