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    • A Macat Analysis of Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex

    • By: Rachele Dini
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 48 mins
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    De Beauvoir's book charted the oppression of "the second sex" in terms never before seen in the academic world. Her most startling theory became a rallying cry for the feminist movement: "One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman." She argued that gender identity was shaped by upbringing in a world ruled by men. A leading light in the existentialist movement, de Beauvoir applied the radical philosophy of personal choice and freedom to argue that women were subjugated in every area of life.

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    • A Macat Analysis of Clifford Geertz The Interpretation of Cultures: Selected Essays

    • By: Abena Dadze-Arthur
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 57 mins
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    Clifford Geertz's first collection of essays, The Interpretation of Cultures (1973), made him a leading voice of anthropology's "symbolic" movement, which believed scholars should read the signs and symbols of a culture from the perspective of its natives. Geertz's approach helped anthropology reinvent itself as a scientific discipline that is still relevant today, making him - in the words of one critic - "a true giant of social and cultural theory."

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    • A Macat Analysis of Eric Hoffer's The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements

    • By: Jonah S. Rubin
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 40 mins
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    A self-educated man, Eric Hoffer was most likely born in 1898. He wrote in his spare time after doing shifts on the San Francisco docks, where he continued to work, even after becoming a successful author. Hoffer began writing The True Believer in the 1940s, as Nazism and fascism spread across Europe. Most analysts who were trying to work out how these movements became so powerful focused on their leaders and the ideas they trumpeted.

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    • By Lawrence A. on 09-20-16

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    • A Macat Analysis of John Maynard Keynes's The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money

    • By: John Collins
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 48 mins
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    In his 1936 book The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money, Keynes argued that traditional economics has misunderstood the causes of unemployment. Employment is not determined by the price of labor; it is directly linked to demand in the economy. Keynes believed market economies are by nature unstable and so require government intervention. Spurred on by the social catastrophe of the Great Depression of the 1930s, Keynes set out to change the way the world thinks about economics.

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    • almost no information.

    • By Tatsuno on 05-17-18

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    • A Macat Analysis of John Rawls's A Theory of Justice

    • By: Filippo Diongi, Jeremy Kleidosty
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
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    Issues of human rights and freedoms always inflame passions, and John Rawls's A Theory of Justice will do the same. Published in 1971, it links the idea of social justice to a basic sense of fairness that recognizes human rights and freedoms. Controversially, though, it also accepts differences in the distribution of goods and services - as long as they benefit the worst off in society.

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    • Good Overview and Context

    • By Tristan Copeland on 04-11-18

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    • A Macat Analysis of Antonio Gramsci's Prison Notebooks

    • By: Lorenzo Fusaro, Jason Xidias
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
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    First published in 1948, Antonio Gramsci's Prison Notebooks is an important Marxist work that says we must understand societies both in terms of their economic relationships and their cultural beliefs. Gramsci wanted to explore why Russia had undergone a socialist revolution in 1917 while other European countries had not. So he developed the concept of hegemony, which is the idea that those who hold power in a society can maintain and use that power because of their own grip on cultural values and economic relationships.

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    • A Macat Analysis of T. S. Eliot's The Sacred Wood

    • By: Rachel Teubner
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 43 mins
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    Famous as an accomplished poet, T. S. Eliot was also the author of some highly important literary criticism. First published in 1920, The Sacred Wood collects 13 of Eliot's early critical essays. He intended them to be a statement of his principles for literary achievement. These concepts - and the works that Eliot wrote after setting out his principles - inspired many major poets of the twentieth century. Some wanted to imitate him, while many others looked to disagree with him.

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    • A Macat Analysis of Burton G. Malkiel's A Random Walk Down Wall Street: The Time-Tested Strategy for Successful Investing

    • By: Nick Burton
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
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    Since it was first published in 1973, A Random Walk Down Wall Street has been a highly influential best seller. Burton G. Malkiel demolishes the idea that investment "experts" can predict stock price changes and thereby "beat the market." With all available information that could affect the value of a company's shares known almost instantly to all investors, Malkiel says, shares quickly find the price that reflects that information. This is known as the efficient market hypothesis.

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    • A Macat Analysis of Gro Brundtland's Our Common Future

    • By: Ksenia Gerasimova
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
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    Our Common Future is a joint work produced in 1987 by a United Nations commission headed by former Norwegian Prime Minister, Gro Brundtland. Intended to respond to a growing number of environmental concerns faced by the global community, it recognized the need for long-term strategies to manage natural resources. It says we must act collaboratively to protect the environment, while at the same time stimulating economic and social development.

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    • A Macat Analysis of Frantz Fanon's Black Skin, White Masks

    • By: Rachele Dini
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
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    Frantz Fanon's Black Skin, White Masks offers a radical analysis of the psychological effects of colonization on the colonized. Born in 1925 on the island of Martinique - at the time a French colony - Fanon witnessed firsthand the abuses of white colonizers and the system's effects on his country. His revulsion was only confirmed later in life when he worked as a psychiatrist in Algeria, another French colony. Fanon's work played a pivotal role in the civil rights movements of the 1960s and was later taken up by scholars of postcolonialist studies.

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    • Don't waste money on this!

    • By joshua eli scuteri on 02-07-17

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    • A Macat Analysis of Hannah Arendt's 'The Human Condition'

    • By: Sahar Aurore Saeidnia, Anthony Lang
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
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    In her 1958 work, political theorist Hannah Arendt asks two fundamental questions: "Under what conditions do politics emerge?" and "Under what conditions can politics be eliminated?" In searching for answers she turns some long-established thinking on its head. Ancient political philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle believed that a life spent thinking was more important than an active life of labor, work, and action. But Arendt argues that political action is every bit as important as political thinking.

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    • A Macat Analysis of Geert Hofstede's Culture's Consequences: Comparing Values, Behaviors, Institutions, and Organizations Across Nations

    • By: Macat.com
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 56 mins
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    Anthropologist Geert Hofstede's 1980 work, Culture's Consequences, was the first study to look at cultural differences using data. The Dutchman took advantage of the enormous global span of his employer, the technology company IBM, to gather survey data in 20 languages and across 70 countries, and to produce a unique study of national values.

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    • Does not contain a summary of the hypotheses

    • By Pascal125 on 06-12-16

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    • A Macat Analysis of Eric Hobsbawm's The Age of Revolution: Europe 1789-1848

    • By: Tom Stammers, Patrick Glen
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
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    In The Age of Revolution, renowned British Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm focuses on the historical period from the end of the 18th century to the middle of the 19th. He concludes that the "dual revolutions" of the time - the French Revolution and the British Industrial Revolution - changed the way the whole world thought about politics and power, and fundamentally shaped the modern era.

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    • A Macat Analysis of Gustavo Gutiérrez's A Theology of Liberation: History, Politics, and Salvation

    • By: Marthe Hesselmans, Jonathan Teubner
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
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    Peruvian priest Gustavo Gutiérrez's 1971 book, A Theology of Liberation, provides an inspiring and groundbreaking argument as to how Christians and the Roman Catholic Church should act in support of the poor. The Catholic Church had traditionally seen itself as politically neutral. In the 1960s and 1970s, however, reformers such as Gutiérrez urged it to seriously address real-world issues such as poverty and oppression.

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    • A Macat Analysis of David Hume's An Enquiry of Human Understanding

    • By: Michael O'Sullivan
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
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    A work that had a huge influence on great thinkers including celebrated German philosopher Immanuel Kant, An Enquiry is Hume's examination of how we obtain information and form beliefs. He argues that we mainly gain knowledge through our senses, a theory known as empiricism. But while the impressions from our senses are key to our beliefs about the world, Hume argues that reason and facts play only a limited part.

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    • An Analysis of Philip Zimbardo's The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil

    • By: Alexander J. O'Connor
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
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    Born in 1933, Philip Zimbardo is a renowned and controversial American social psychologist who is fascinated by why people can sometimes behave in awful ways. Some psychologists believe people who commit cruelty are innately evil. Zimbardo disagrees. In his 2007 book, The Lucifer Effect, he argued that it is the power of situations around us that can cause otherwise good people to commit "evil", citing many historical examples to illustrate his point.

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    • A Macat Analysis of René Descartes' Meditations on First Philosophy

    • By: Andreas Vrahimis
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    • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
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    Among the general public, Descartes is probably most famous for his pronouncement "I think, therefore I am." That statement first appeared in an earlier work, but he expands on it in Meditations as he considers the idea of the mind as a separate entity to the body - the "dualist" approach. Descartes also set out to dispel skepticism - the idea that one cannot truly know anything. Using his "methodological skepticism," he showed that by doubting everything, we can know some things beyond doubt.

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    • A Macat Analysis of Michel Foucault's The History of Sexuality Vol. 1: The Will to Knowledge

    • By: Chiara Briganti, Rachele Dini
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 58 mins
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    Michel Foucault had already written extensively about medicine, madness, and prisons. But in the latter days of his career, he turned to the subject of sexuality, planning six volumes on the subject. He completed three before dying of an AIDS-related illness in 1984. Foucault's History of Sexuality Vol. 1 is a study of the evolution of cultural ideas about sex in the West since the end of the 17th century. Volume two looked at attitudes toward sex in ancient Greece; volume three investigated sex in ancient Rome.

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    • A Macat Analysis of Paul Kennedy's The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers

    • By: Riley Quinn
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
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    While previous scholars of international history had focused on "great men" and their achievements, Paul Kennedy focused on the interdependent relationship between military might and economic growth. In his 1987 work, The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers, he shows why countries that balance the economic and the military can become "great powers." Those that fail to do so, however, risk imperial overstretch and failure.

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    • A Macat Analysis of Max Weber's The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

    • By: Sebastián G Guzmán, James Hill
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 45 mins
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    Max Weber was the first to identify beliefs and practices that influenced economic behavior. He found Catholics generally less motivated to succeed in business than Protestants because of their religious belief that everyone could achieve salvation. The branch of Protestants known as Calvinists, on the other hand, believed God determined everyone's salvation status before birth. Nothing a person might do on earth could save a soul marked for damnation.

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    • Repetitive, could be a lot better

    • By Philo on 07-27-16

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