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Ethics in the Real World
    82 Brief Essays on Things That Matter
    
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        Peter Singer
    
    


    
    
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        James Saunders
    
    


    
    Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
    34 ratings
    Overall 4.2
  • Ethics in the Real World

  • 82 Brief Essays on Things That Matter
  • By: Peter Singer
  • Narrated by: James Saunders
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Peter Singer is often described as the world's most influential philosopher. He is also one of its most controversial. The author of important books such as Animal Liberation, Practical Ethics, Rethinking Life and Death, and The Life You Can Save, he helped launch the animal rights and effective altruism movements and contributed to the development of bioethics. Now, in Ethics in the Real World, Singer shows that he is also a master at dissecting important current events.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book challenges ones ethics!

  • By Kindle Customer on 17-08-17

Some interesting ideas. Needs more depth.

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-08-17

Singer's talent for finding the ethical in everything shows through but his inherent utilitarian view grates at times. A nod to some other views would help but this is simply a collection of opinion columns.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A History of Britain in 21 Women

  • By: Jenni Murray
  • Narrated by: Jenni Murray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 706
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 646
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635

Britain has been defined by its conflicts, its conquests, its men and its monarchs. To say that it's high time it was defined by its women is a severe understatement. Jenni Murray draws together the lives of 21 women to shed light upon a variety of social, political, religious and cultural aspects of British history. In lively prose Murray reinvigorates the stories behind the names we all know and reveals the fascinating tales behind those less familiar.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable and interesting

  • By Mrs C.J D'Elia on 12-10-16

Really interesting listen.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-11-16

A great selection from a personal perspective. A great introduction to British feminist thought. Really well and passionately read by the author.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Story of Human Language

  • By: John McWhorter, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: John McWhorter
  • Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271

Language defines us as a species, placing humans head and shoulders above even the most proficient animal communicators. But it also beguiles us with its endless mysteries, allowing us to ponder why different languages emerged, why there isn't simply a single language, how languages change over time and whether that's good or bad, and how languages die out and become extinct.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • entertaining and interesting

  • By Catriona on 05-12-13

Interesting, at first...

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-10-16

Overall, an interesting listen but some of the illustrations are weird and examples are a combination of rushed and niche! Enjoyed it all the same.

  • Maimonides and Medieval Jewish Philosophy

  • By: Idit Dobbs-Weinstein
  • Narrated by: Lynn Redgrave
  • Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

From Philo of Judea to Maimonides and beyond, medieval Jewish philosophy created an outstanding, unbroken tradition. Jewish thinkers worked to square Biblical faith with the demands of reason; their efforts to understand the individual in relation to God and to the human community powerfully foreshadowed contemporary problems. Maimonides, who can be compared with Saint Thomas Aquinas, profoundly influenced much subsequent philosophy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A decent overview of bigger issue.

  • By David on 02-03-16

A decent overview of bigger issue.

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-16

Personally fascinated by the deist / scholastic divide in religious thought, which is what this really boils down to. Not a fan of Lynn Redgrave though. Sorry Lynn.

  • Wittgenstein: Philosophy in an Hour

  • By: Paul Strathern
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Philosophy for busy people. Listen to this succinct account of the philosophy of Wittgenstein in just one hour. Ludwig Wittgenstein saw himself as ‘the last philosopher’. In his view, philosophy in the traditional sense was finished. A superb logician, Wittgenstein distrusted language and sought to solve the problems of philosophy by reducing them to the purest form of logic. Everything else - metaphysics, aesthetics, ethics, finally even philosophy itself - was excluded.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • sassy but balanced

  • By ls822 on 11-07-18

An enjoyable biography.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-02-16

Typical Strathern; a highly enjoyable run through the life of Wittgenstein without getting too involved in his philosophy! Madness and egocentrism are the order of the day!

  • Foucault: Philosophy in an Hour

  • By: Paul Strathern
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

Philosophy for busy people. Listen to a succinct account of the philosophy of Foucault in just one hour. The French philosopher Michel Foucault set about his task rather like a historian. After painstaking research, he concluded that knowledge and power were intimately related throughout history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but...

  • By Joanna on 10-11-16

An interesting introduction.

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-11-15

Well narrated and moves on quickly. Would be nice to have a bit more details on his thought and a bit less biography but does what it says on the tin... Philosophy in an hour (and a half...)

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God

  • By: Timothy Keller
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

Can't anyone teach me how to pray?"" Millions of people today are asking the same question. There is a sense of the necessity of prayer - we have to pray. But how?' Prayer is central to Christian faith; indeed, as Timothy Keller notes in his introduction, it is the main way we experience deep change. Yet so many people struggle with prayer - a struggle that the author himself has shared. This wise and inspiring book is the fruit of those struggles, offering a real and glorious vision of what it can mean to seek God in prayer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best book on prayer ever.

  • By Ms. K. M. on 19-01-15

A very specific take on prayer...

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-06-15

This assumes a very high Christian protestant approach, but even if you don't share the Christology there are some interesting ideas. Worth a scan, but more of an instruction manual for a particular type of Christianity than a theological overview!

1 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition

  • By: Grant Hardy, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Grant Hardy
  • Length: 18 hrs and 36 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable course with too large a scope

  • By Chris on 11-04-15

A really quick run through!

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-04-15

A really enjoyable introduction to ideas in Eastern thought, a huge amount of which I'd never heard of! Baffling amounts of names in unfamiliar syllables but an inspiration to read further.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Modern Scholar

  • Classical Mythology: The Romans
  • By: Professor Peter Meineck
  • Narrated by: Professor Peter Meineck
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Rome grew from a tiny community of small hill villages near the River Tiber in central Italy to one of the most powerful empires the world has seen. The Romans themselves believed that their great city was founded in the middle of the eighth century BCE. By the middle of the second century CE, Rome had a population of 1.5 million; Alexandria, in Egypt, 500,000; and Londinium, in Briton, 30,000.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Myths and their meaning

  • By Rogayah on 06-06-10

Enjoyable but too brief!

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-15

I enjoyed the lectures though I found them a little brief and, I think deliberately, the focus was on understanding the Aeneid, rather than necessarily the precursors to it. Overall, an enjoyable series of lectures but I'll have to track down some more in depth studies of the earlier myths. Would recommend, but won't cover all the bases!

  • Soren Kierkegaard

  • The Giants of Philosophy
  • By: George Connell
  • Narrated by: Charlton Heston
  • Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

For Kierkegaard, truth is a subjective reality which we must live, not something to simply consider and discuss. His self-consciousness and self-examination highlight the practical demands of existence, and he opposes the speculative thinking of philosophical idealists. Kierkegaard says much of life's meaning depends not on external conditions, but on our internal choices about relating to them. He urges us to live with purpose and emphasizes that our task is not knowing but doing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good, brief, introduction.

  • By David on 29-01-15

A good, brief, introduction.

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-01-15

Enjoyable and covers a broad scope of Kierkegaard's thought but it might be nice to have a little more detail in some places and some more analysis of the text.