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The World of Philosophy

With the World of Philosophy audiobooks, your newfound knowledge will span the ages encompassing philosophy from ancient Greece and China to twentieth century America and Europe. You'll better understand the world as you join history's greatest philosophers, like Socrates; Confucius; Descartes; Voltaire; Peirce; Russell and de Beauvoir, in wrestling with the profound meanings of science and reason, religion and belief, innovation and tradition, moral virtue, knowledge, love, community, language... and much more. These audio books are all narrated by actress Lynn Redgrave.

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Avicenna and Medieval Muslim Philosophy
Avicenna and Medieval Muslim Philosophy
by Thomas Gaskill

For centuries, the works of Aristotle and other Greek thinkers were preserved in the Arabic world, where they profoundly influenced Muslim thinkers who were trying to combine philosophical insight with religious piety.
Bertrand Russell and A. N. Whitehead
Bertrand Russell and A. N. Whitehead
by Paul Kuntz

Bertrand Russell and A.N. Whitehead co-authored a seminal work in logic entitled Principia Mathematica.
Confucius, Lao Tzu, and the Chinese Philosophy
Confucius, Lao Tzu, and the Chinese Philosophy
by Crispin Sartwell

China’s two greatest philosophers, Confucius and Lao Tzu, were intensely interested in how we should live and how a good society is governed.
Descartes, Bacon, and Modern Philosophy
Descartes, Bacon, and Modern Philosophy
by Jeffrey Tlumak

These two great seventeenth-century philosophers aimed to break free of oppressive traditions. Free scientific inquiry led them to skeptically question everything, though they also tried to reconcile science with religious faith.
Duns Scotus and Medieval Christian Philosophy
Duns Scotus and Medieval Christian Philosophy
by Ralph McInerny

The Roman Empire became Christian in 323 AD; about two centuries later, the rest of Europe began to convert. Medieval culture blurred the line between the sacred and the secular.
Maimonides & Medieval Jewish Philosophy
Maimonides & Medieval Jewish Philosophy
by Idit Dobbs-Weinstein

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…
The Philosophies of India
The Philosophies of India
by Douglas Allen

India has perhaps the oldest living philosophical tradition in the world. Though both Buddhism and Jainism began in India, its primary influence is the Vedic tradition.
Simone de Beauvoir
Simone de Beauvoir
by Ladelle McWhorter

Simone de Beauvoir stands as a towering figure in the twentieth century’s flowering of thought among women.
Stoics and Epicureans
Stoics and Epicureans
by Daryl Hale

Stoics and Epicureans date from the Hellenistic period, but the debate between these two modes of thought continues today.
Twentieth Century European Philosophy
 
Twentieth Century European Philosophy
by Ed Casey

In an age of conflicting intellectual trends, some philosophers have lost faith in the everyday relevance of philosophy; others have affirmed that reflection is crucial to authentic living.
Voltaire and Rousseau
Voltaire and Rousseau
by Charles Sherover

In the great ferment of the French Revolution, Voltaire and Rousseau stood out as intellectual giants.
William James, Charles Peirce, and American Pragmatism
William James, Charles Peirce, and American Pragmatism
by James Campbell

C. S. Peirce was an authentic American genius who developed a tough-minded pragmatism and a sweeping philosophy of evolutionary love. William James, a trained physician, carefully studied human experience, including the highest reaches of consciousness.

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