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Meditations on First Philosophy

Read by D.E. Wittkower


René Descartes


After several years working on a treatise putting forth his mechanistic philosophy and physics, Descartes shelved the project when his conte…

A Modern Utopia

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H. G. Wells


H. G. Wells's proposal for social reform was the formation of a world state, a concept that would increasingly preoccupy him throughout the …

Ulysses S. Grant

Read by David Wales


Owen Wister


Ulysses S. Grant was the great hero (for the North) in the Civil War and the 18th President of the United States. This short biography is on…

The Joyful Wisdom (or: The Gay Science)

Read by TimSC


Friedrich Nietzsche


"The Joyful Wisdom," written in 1882, just before "Zarathustra," is rightly judged to be one of Nietzsche's best books. …

The Apology of Socrates (version 3)

Read by Fr. Richard Zeile of Detroit


Plato


Plato's account of Socrates' defense at his trial for "corrupting the youth" is a classic summation of his teacher's life and miss…

The Story of Alchemy and the Beginnings of Chemistry

Read by Peter Yearsley


M. M. Pattison Muir


A light journey through the history of chemistry, from its start in the obscure mysteries of alchemy to what was, for the author, the cuttin…

Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)

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Jerome K. Jerome


Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog), published in 1889, is a humorous account by Jerome K. Jerome of a boating holiday on the Th…

The Wealth of Nations, Book 5

Read by Stephen Escalera


Adam Smith


An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations is the magnum opus of the Scottish economist Adam Smith, published on March 9…

Eight Pillars of Prosperity

Read by Andrea Fiore


James Allen


It is popularly supposed that a greater prosperity for individuals or nations can only come through a political and social reconstruction. T…

The Soul of Man

Read by Martin Geeson


Oscar Wilde


“(T)he past is what man should not have been. The present is what man ought not to be. The future is what artists are.” Published originall…

The Enchiridion of Epictetus

Read by D.E. Wittkower


Epictetus


Epictetus (Greek: Επίκτητος; c.55–c.135) was a Greek Stoic philosopher. The name given by his parents, if one was given, is not known - the …

The Tao Teh King

Read by Eric S. Piotrowski


Laozi 老子 and Lao Tzu


Lao-Tze's Tao Teh King illuminates The Tao: a guiding principle of the universe and all within it. By exploring the nature of dualities and …

Psychotherapy

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Hugo Münsterberg


Talking about viewing the Ocean "If I take the attitude of appreciation, it would be absurd to say that this wave is composed of chemi…

Manifest der Kommunistischen Partei

Read by Rainer


Friedrich Engels


Karl Marx und Friedrich Engels schrieben ihr Manifest im Dezember 1847, als Leitfaden fuer die grundsaetzlichen Prinzipien und Praktiken des…

Just So Stories

Read by Reynard T. Fox


Rudyard Kipling


The Just So Stories for Little Children, first published in 1902, were written by British author Rudyard Kipling. They are a collection of f…

Studies in Pessimism

Read by D.E. Wittkower


Arthur Schopenhauer


Arthur Schopenhauer, an early 19th century philosopher, made significant contributions to metaphysics, ethics, and aesthetics. His work also…

The Edinburgh Lectures on Mental Science

Read by Algy Pug


Thomas Troward


Thomas Troward was a divisional Judge in British-administered India. His avocation was the study of comparative religion. Influences on his …

Libro I de la Historia de Heródoto

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Herodotus


Las Historias (en griego antiguo ἱστορίαι historíai 'aproximaciones, investigaciones') de Heródoto de Halicarnaso (484–despu&e…

Essays, First Series (version 2)

Read by Bob Neufeld


Ralph Waldo Emerson


Essays: First Series is a series of 12 essays written by Ralph Waldo Emerson concerning transcendentalism, including Self-Reliance. It was p…

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