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Top 25 Free Philosophy Resources
We've put together a list of the top 25 free philosophy audio books, lectures, & podcasts available online. For the past three years we've featured dozens of free philosophy resources as part of our Free Resource of the Day Emails. From these resources we've selected the top 25 free philosophy audio books, lectures, and podcasts. You can check them all out by clicking the link below:
Top 25 Free Philosophy Audio Books, Podcasts, & Lectures
And here are the top 5 resources from this list:
1. Existentialism in Literature and Film Podcast
This is a full college course from the University of California-Berkeley entitled "Existentialism in Literature and Film". The "Existentialism in Literature and Film" course, taught by professor Hubert L. Dreyfus, cuts right to the roots of existentialist thought, looking at the works of Kierkegaard and Nietzsche, and examining Dostoyevsky's Brothers Karamazov in depth. It's an excellent philosophy course and it's free!
2. Plato - The Republic Podcast
The Republic by Plato is one of the most influential works of philosophy in history. In the form of Socratic dialogue, Plato's teacher and protagonist Socrates sets out to find an answer to the question: "What is justice?". Along the way Socrates discusses the ideal city-state and his theory of forms, which includes his famous allegory of the cave. This podcast contains all eleven books of The Republic unabridged. It is read by the professional British narrator Patrick Horgan and is available on MP3 download.
3. The Value of Philosophy by Bertrand Russell
Listen to the ideas of the great 20th century philosopher Bertrand Russell on "The Value of Philosophy", which comes from the final chapter of his 1912 book The Problems of Philosophy. In the essay he lays forth his conviction that although philosophy cannot come to any certain answers regarding the questions it asks, these questions are important in that they enlarge our views of the universe beyond the narrow viewpoints of practical men, who are concerned solely with the material world. The piece is well read by Paul Sunderland. You can now download this excerpt directly from LearnOutLoud on MP3!
4. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
ejunto.com is a site which features free mp3 downloads of historical and philosophical audio books (it's named after Benjamin Franklin's literary club called The Junto). They currently feature a free unabridged recording of The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli. This political philosophy classic describes how political leaders can obtain and maintain power. It is well narrated by Andrew Julow and available on MP3 download from ejunto.com.
5. Self Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Self Reliance is perhaps Ralph Waldo Emerson's most famous essay. This version, narrated by Brian Johnson from Zaadz, is both thought-provoking and inspirational. Ralph Waldo Emerson pushes the listener to break free of the dependence on society and the masses of man and to rely solely upon oneself. Always pushing us to follow our own nature & intuition, Emerson denounces those who allow themselves to be victims of society or history. He wants great men to rise from the limitations of cultural institutions and stand as giants casting shadows over the ages. Throughout the essay there is wisdom loaded in every sentence and it can be listened to again and again. Download this free classic audio book on MP3 directly from LearnOutLoud.com.
Classics of Western Philosophy: Volume 4
LearnOutLoud.com is pleased to present a new audio book for the month of April: Classics of Western Philosophy: Volume 4.
Volume 1, Volume 2, and Volume 3 have all been very popular, and with Volume 4, we continue our efforts to provide an overview of the philosophical ideas that have shaped our world. Here are the selections included in this volume:
On Benefits by Seneca
The Ethics by Baruch Spinoza
Essays, Moral and Political by David Hume
The Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant
The Critique of Practical Reason by Immanuel Kant
The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine
The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith
The History of Philosophy by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
Download this 2 1/2 hour audio book today.
Classics of Western Philosophy: Volume 4
The Giants of Philosophy
The Giants of Philosophy series covers major philosophers and philosophies from throughout history and around the world. We are now offering a number of them on audio download at over 50% off the CD list price. The programs are authored by academics and historians and narrated by actors Charlton Heston & Lynn Redgrave.
Each program is presented within a historical context and dramatized with "multiple voice" excerpts from relevant writings of the time along with numerous excerpts of the philosopher's own writings. These audio programs are just about the most entertaining and engaging way to learn about philosophy. To browse the titles narrated by Charlton Heston click below:
Giants of Philosophy Titles Narrated by Charleton Heston
And to browse the titles narrated by Lynn Redgrave (along with some other titles she narrates) click below:
Giants of Philosophy Titles Narrated by Lynn Redgrave
Here are the titles in The Giants of Philosophy series that we currently feature:
Avicenna and Medieval Muslim Philosophy
Bertrand Russell and A. N. Whitehead
Confucius, Lao Tzu, and the Chinese Philosophy
Descartes, Bacon, and Modern Philosophy
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
St. Thomas Aquinas
Twentieth Century European Philosophy
Voltaire and Rousseau
William James, Charles Peirce, and American Pragmatism
Learn from the Giants of Philosophy today!
Philosophers in 90 Minutes
You can now download the popular Philosophers in 90 Minutes series by British writer and academic Paul Strathern. In these audio programs Strathern is able to take on the most complex and profound philosophers in history and distill their life and ideas into 90 minutes. These programs serve as superb introductions to many of the great philosophers and Robert Whitfield provides masterful narration to them all. Here you can browse all 20 of the philosophers featured in the series:
Philosophers in 90 Minutes Series
And here they all are:
Aristotle in 90 Minutes
Confucius in 90 Minutes
Descartes in 90 Minutes
Dostoevsky in 90 Minutes
Garcia Marquez in 90 Minutes
Hegel in 90 Minutes
Heidegger in 90 Minutes
Hume in 90 Minutes
Kafka in 90 Minutes
Kant in 90 Minutes
Kierkegaard in 90 Minutes
Marx in 90 Minutes
Nietzsche in 90 Minutes
Plato In 90 Minutes
Rousseau in 90 Minutes
Sartre in 90 Minutes
Schopenhauer In 90 Minutes
Spinoza in 90 Minutes
Thomas Aquinas In 90 Minutes
Wittgenstein in 90 Minutes