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    • Aristotle's Poetics

    • By: Aristotle
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
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    Aristotle's Poetics is best known for its definitions and analyses of tragedy and comedy, but it also applies to truth and beauty as they are manifested in the other arts. In our age, when the natural and social sciences have dominated the quest for truth, it is helpful to consider why Aristotle claimed poetry is more philosophical and more significant than history. Like so many other works by Aristotle, the Poetics has dominated the way we have thought about all forms of dramatic performance in Europe and America ever since.

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    • Mill's On Liberty

    • By: John Stuart Mill
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
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    Mill's thinking about freedom in civic and social life examines fundamental principles shared among conservative, liberal, and radical politicians. The life of true philosophy stands outside the political battles that are rampant in society and seeks the political wisdom that is necessary for a good life in any age. Mill's philosophical presentation and analysis of those principles stand alongside the reflections of Plato, Aristotle, Marcus Aurelius, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

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    • Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy

    • By: Friedrich Nietzsche
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 3 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In this, his first book, Nietzsche developed a way of thinking about the arts that unites the Greek gods Apollo and Dionysus as the central symbol of human existence. Although tragedy serves as the focus of this work, music, visual art, dance, and the other arts can also be viewed using Nietzsche's analysis and integration of the Apollonian and the Dionysian. The Birth of Tragedy stands alongside Aristotle's Poetics as an essential work for all who seek to understand poetry and its relationship to human life.

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    • Plato's Republic

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
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    The Republic poses questions that endure: What is justice? What form of community fosters the best possible life for human beings? What is the nature and destiny of the soul? What form of education provides the best leaders for a good republic? What are the various forms of poetry and the other arts, and which ones should be fostered and which ones should be discouraged? How does knowing differ from believing?

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    • Kant's Foundations of Ethics

    • By: Immanuel Kant
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
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    Kant published this work in 1795, during the aftermath of the American Revolution and the French Revolution. The high hopes of the European Enlightenment had been dampened by the Reign of Terror in which tens of thousands of people died, and the perpetual cycle of war and temporary armistice seemed to be inescapable. Kant's essay is best known as an early articulation of the idea of a league of nations that could bring an end to all hostilities. Today, the United Nations continues to pursue that dream, but lasting peace still seems to be wishful thinking.

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    • Black Like Me

    • By: John Howard Griffin
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
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    Writer John Howard Griffin (1920-1980) decided to perform an experiment in order to learn from the inside out how one race could withstand the second class citizenship imposed on it by another race. Through medication, he dyed his skin dark and left his family and home in Texas to find out.

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    • Important

    • By LondonLass on 29-08-15

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    • Hume's Dialogues

    • By: David Hume
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
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    David Hume's Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion had not yet been published when he died in 1776. Even though the manuscript was mostly written during the 1750s, it did not appear until 1779. The subject itself was too delicate and controversial, and Hume's dialectical examination of religious knowledge was especially provocative. What should we teach young people about religion? The characters Demea, Cleanthes, and Philo passionately present and defend three sharply different answers to that question.

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    • Plato's Phaedrus

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
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    Phaedrus lures Socrates outside the walls of Athens, where he seldom goes, by promising to share a new work by his friend and mentor, Lysias, a famous writer of speeches. This dialogue provides a powerful example of the dialectical writing that Plato uses to manifest ideas that are essential to human existence and to living a good life. Phaedrus shows how oral and written forms of language relate to each other and to philosophy.

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    • Plato's Phaedo

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 2 hrs and 39 mins
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    Socrates is in prison, sentenced to die when the sun sets. In this final conversation, he asks what will become of him once he drinks the poison prescribed for his execution. Socrates and his friends examine several arguments designed to prove that the soul is immortal. This quest leads him to the broader topic of the nature of mind and its connection not only to human existence but also to the cosmos itself. What could be a better way to pass the time between now and the sunset?

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    • Well performed, but weak translation and editing

    • By Greg Gauthier on 12-04-18

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    • Plato's Crito

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 29 mins
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    The Athenian court has found Socrates guilty and sentenced him to death. While he is waiting to be executed, his friend, Crito, comes to the prison to persuade him to escape and go into exile. Socrates responds by examining the essence of law and community, probing the various kinds of law and making distinctions that go far beyond the particular issue of whether or not Socrates should escape.

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    • Plato's Apology

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 1 hr
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    Socrates is on trial for his life. He is charged with impiety and corrupting young people. He presents his own defense, explaining why he has devoted his life to challenging the most powerful and important people in the Greek world. The reason is that rich and famous politicians, priests, poets, and a host of others pretend to know what is good, true, holy, and beautiful, but when Socrates questions them, they are shown to be foolish rather than wise.

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    • The Function of Reason

    • By: Alfred North Whitehead
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
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    Whitehead presented these three lectures at Princeton University in 1929. Although 85 years have passed, his central thesis and his analysis remain remarkably current. The scientific materialism that Whitehead opposed with such vigor continues to dominate in academic circles, and even now those who question that worldview are often accused of being antiscientific. This is especially true in discussions of the nature of the human mind and its relation to the body (particularly the brain).

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    • Descartes' Meditations

    • By: Rene Descartes
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
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    Rene Descartes is often described as the first modern philosopher, but much of the content of his Meditations on First Philosophy can be found in the medieval period that had already existed for more than a thousand years. Does God exist? If so, what is his nature? Is the human soul immortal? How does it differ from the body? What role do sense experience and pure reason play in knowing?

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    • Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous

    • By: George Berkeley
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
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    Berkeley uses the Socratic mode of inquiry in Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous to question fundamental beliefs about knowledge and reality. These dialogues are between Hylas (whose name is derived from the ancient Greek word for matter) and Philonous, whose name means "lover of mind". The new physical sciences developed in the 17th century supported the materialism proposed by Thomas Hobbes and several other philosophers.

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    • A Hunter's Fireside Book

    • Tales of Dogs, Ducks, Birds, & Guns
    • By: Gene Hill
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
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    The legendary American outdoor writer’s finest collection. For decades, Gene Hill’s articles and books have captured the spirit of the outdoors in a way that inspires and entertains millions of readers. A Hunter’s Fireside Book captures the essence of the life of a sportsman and explores the full spectrum of the hunter’s experience: sunrises in the duck blind, an unforgettable hunter’s moon, the camaraderie of men who know the pleasures of being wet and cold and a little bit lost.

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    • Plato's Meno

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 48 mins
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    A dialogue between Socrates and Meno probes the subject of ethics. Can goodness be taught? If it can, then we should be able to find teachers capable of instructing others about what is good and bad, right and wrong, or just and unjust.

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    • This recording is only half of the dialogue

    • By Greg Gauthier on 10-07-16

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    • Plato's Gorgias

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 3 hrs
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    Gorgias of Leontini, a famous teacher of rhetoric, has come to Athens to recruit students, promising to teach them how to become leaders in politics and business. A group has gathered at Callicles' house to hear Gorgias demonstrate the power of his art. This dialogue blends comic and serious discussion of the best life, providing a penetrating examination of ethics.

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    • Plato's Ion

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 35 mins
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    Socrates questions Ion, an actor who just won a major prize, about his ability to interpret the epic poetry of Homer. How does an actor, a poet, or any other artist create? Is it by knowing? Is it by inspiration? As the dialogue proceeds, the nature of human creativity emerges as a mysterious process and an unsolved puzzle.

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    • Plato's Symposium

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
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    The dramatic nature of Plato's dialogues is delightfully evident in Symposium. The marriage between character and thought bursts forth as the guests gather at Agathon's house to celebrate the success of his first tragedy. With wit and insight, they all present their ideas about love - from Erixymachus' scientific naturalism to Aristophanes' comic fantasy. The unexpected arrival of Alcibiades breaks the spell cast by Diotima's ethereal climb up the staircase of love to beauty itself.

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    • Humboldt's Cosmos

    • Alexander von Humboldt and the Latin American Journey That Changed the Way We See the World
    • By: Gerard Helferich
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
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    The thrilling story of the charismatic explorer who Simon Bolivar called "the true discoverer of South America" and the daring expedition that altered the course of science. From 1799 to 1804 German naturalist and adventurer Alexander von Humboldt conducted the first extensive scientific exploration of Latin America.

    • Alexander von Humboldt and the Latin American Journey That Changed the Way We See the World
    • By: Gerard Helferich
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
    • Release date: 22-01-10
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 ratings

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