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    • Explaining Postmodernism (Expanded Edition)

    • Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault
    • By: Stephen R. C. Hicks
    • Narrated by: Scott R. Smith
    • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
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     Explaining Postmodernism is intellectual history with a polemical twist, providing fresh insights into the debates underlying the furor over political correctness, multiculturalism, and the future of liberal democracy.  

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    • Prepare to be well informed

    • By Rivera V on 01-27-19

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    • Seneca - On the Shortness of Life: Adapted for the Contemporary Reader

    • By: Lucius Seneca, James Harris
    • Narrated by: Scott R. Smith
    • Length: 59 mins
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    De Brevitate Vitae (frequently referred to as On the Shortness of Life in English) is a moral essay written by Seneca the Younger, a Roman Stoic philosopher, to his father-in-law Paulinus. The philosopher brings up many Stoic principles on the nature of time, namely that men waste much of it in meaningless pursuits. According to the essay, nature gives man enough time to do what is really important and the individual must allot it properly.

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    • By David R. Scott on 03-28-18

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    • Ayn Rand and Contemporary Business Ethics

    • By: Stephen Hicks
    • Narrated by: Scott R. Smith
    • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
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    Contemporary views of business ethics often show businessmen and women in a bad light. Egoism, profits, and competition are branded as immoral, while social consciousness is praised. Atlas Society Senior Scholar Stephen Hicks, PhD, disagrees with this point of view. Most contemporary business ethics does business a disservice. Worse than that, its proposed cures are plagued with unintended consequences that are often much worse than the problems it is attempting to solve. Hicks defends the egoism that drives successful business people and the morality of free-market capitalism.

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    • The Evidence of the Senses

    • A Realist Theory of Perception
    • By: David Kelley
    • Narrated by: Scott R. Smith
    • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
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    In this highly original defense of realism, Atlas Society founder David Kelley argues perception is the direct awareness of objects in the environment, and perception is a reliable foundation for empirical knowledge. This audiobook will be invaluable to philosophers, psychologists, and anyone interested in the complex subject of perceptual theory.  

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Myths about Ayn Rand

    • Popular Errors and the Insights They Conceal
    • By: David Kelley, William R Thomas, Alexander R. Cohen, and others
    • Narrated by: Scott R. Smith
    • Length: 46 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Since the 2008 recession began, sales of Atlas Shrugged have surged and the novel (and author Ayn Rand) have landed at the center of American politics. Whether you decide to embrace Ayn Rand's ideas, reject them, or simply want to be able to participate in an informed way in conversations about Rand's ideas, this slim volume will help you understand her revolutionary philosophy and identify the myths circulating about her ideas. Four authors identify some prominent myths, show why they are false, and state the plain facts that the myths conceal.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A must-listen for Rand fans

    • By Zuburger on 05-04-17

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    • Truth and Toleration

    • By: David Kelley
    • Narrated by: Scott R. Smith
    • Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
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    Ayn Rand’s novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged gave birth to a movement based on her philosophy of objectivism. In The Contested Legacy of Ayn Rand, philosopher David Kelley explains why he broke ranks with orthodox objectivists and created an independent branch of the movement. Originally published in 1990 as a manifesto, the work has been revised as an analysis of the principles of the intellectual collaboration, toleration, and responsibility. It is an engaging introduction to the objectivist movement, its core ideas, and its central fissures.

    Regular price: $14.95

    • A Life of One's Own

    • Individual Rights and the Welfare State
    • By: David Kelley
    • Narrated by: Scott R. Smith
    • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
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    The welfare state rests on the assumption that people have rights to food, shelter, health care, retirement income, and other goods provided by the government. David Kelley examines the historical origins of that assumption, and the rationale used to support it today.

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    • America Is an Idea and the American Dream Is for Everyone

    • Why We Built empowr.com: The Experiment to Democratize Social Media
    • By: Michael Cyrus Pousti
    • Narrated by: Scott R. Smith
    • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
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    From a co-founder of empowr.com comes this "Why?" story behind the massive social platform, empowr, that’s been in the making for 15 years. Learn exactly what drove the participants (founders, advisors, success coaches, and 1,000 employees, plus 100,000 alpha test users) in their gigantic moonshot project.

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    • The Moral Revolution in Atlas Shrugged

    • By: Nathaniel Branden
    • Narrated by: Scott R. Smith
    • Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
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    This essay discusses the essentials of Rand's ethics and its crucial relevance to America's intellectual, moral, and political crisis. There are overtones applicable to America. It serves as an excellent commentary on the historical and cultural significance of her ethics and the view of man as a moral ideal.

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    • Unrugged Individualism

    • The Selfish Basis of Benevolence
    • By: David Kelley
    • Narrated by: Scott R. Smith
    • Length: 1 hr and 56 mins
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    What is the nature of benevolence toward other people? How does it differ from altruism? Is it a major or minor virtue? How does it relate to the benevolent sense of life? David Kelley answers these questions in a groundbreaking work. Unrugged Individualism is the first philosophical analysis of benevolence from the Objectivist point of view, a major addition to the Objectivist ethics, and a convincing demonstration of the fertility of the system of ideas originated by Ayn Rand.

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    • Unveiling the Real Story

    • The Black Dahlia Murder Case
    • By: J.D. Rockefeller
    • Narrated by: Scott R. Smith
    • Length: 37 mins
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    Elizabeth Short, who is also nicknamed "Black Dahlia", was brutally murdered in January 15, 1947, with her body cut in two and severely mutilated. Dahlia's body was found in a vacant lot that is near the intersection of 39th St. and Norton Ave. in South Los Angeles and had no trace of blood in the place of the crime scene. Her death is one of the most publicized murder cases in 1947, but the police and the investigation team have never been able to solve the brutal crime. Up until now, the case of "Black Dahlia" was still considered by many as a mystery....

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    • By deafhacker on 11-17-17

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    • The Contested Legacy of Ayn Rand

    • Truth and Toleration in Objectivism
    • By: David Kelley
    • Narrated by: Scott R. Smith
    • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
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    Ayn Rand's philosophical novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged made her the most controversial author of her age. Her works have drawn millions of fans and continue to sell at a breathtaking pace. Their impact on American culture runs from libertarian politics to the self-esteem movement in psychology to the rugged individualism of Silicon Valley and the Internet. Rand also launched a movement of intellectuals committed to her philosophy of Objectivism.

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    • Ayn Rand and Altriusm

    • By: George Smith
    • Narrated by: Scott R. Smith
    • Length: 1 hr
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    In Ayn Rand and Altruism, George H. Smith calls attention to benevolence in Rand’s thinking. Indeed, Smith defends Rand’s rejection of altruism by contrasting it to benevolence. In this series of essays, originally published on Libertarianism.org and republished by The Atlas Society with permission of the author, Smith begins by establishing that Rand’s definition of altruism - “the placing of others above self, of their interests above one’s own” - is identical to the definition of altruism originated by Auguste Comte.  

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