The Stone Reader: Modern Philosophy in 133 Arguments [Audiobook]

The Stone Reader: Modern Philosophy in 133 Arguments [Audiobook]
The Stone Reader: Modern Philosophy in 133 Arguments [Audiobook] edited by Peter Catapano, Simon Critchley, read by Sean Pratt, Marguerite Gavin
2015 | MP3 VBR V5 | 26 hrs 35 mins | 593.97MB

The Stone Reader provides an unparalleled overview of contemporary philosophy.

Once solely the province of ivory-tower professors and college classrooms, contemporary philosophy was finally emancipated from its academic closet in 2010, when "The Stone" was launched in The New York Times. First appearing as an online series, the column quickly attracted millions of readers through its accessible examination of universal topics like the nature of science, consciousness, and morality while also probing more contemporary issues such as the morality of drones, gun control, and the gender divide.

The Stone Reader presents 133 meaningful and influential essays from the series, placing nearly the entirety of modern philosophical discourse in the listener's reach. The audiobook, divided into four broad sections - philosophy, science, religion and morals, and society - opens with a series of questions about the scope, history, and identity of philosophy: What are the practical uses of philosophy? Does the discipline, begun in the West in ancient Greece with Socrates, favor men and exclude women? Does the history and study of philosophy betray a racial bias against nonwhite thinkers or geographical bias toward the West?

These questions and others form a foundation for listeners as the audiobook moves to the second section, science, where some of our most urgent contemporary philosophical debates are taking place. Will artificial intelligence compromise our morality? Does neuroscience undermine our free will? Is there a legitimate place for the humanities in a world where science and technology appear to rule? Should the evidence for global warming change the way we live or die?

In the book's third section, religion and morals, we find philosophy where it is often at its best, sharpest, and most disturbing - working through the arguments provoked by competing moral theories in the face of real-life issues and rigorously addressing familiar ethical dilemmas in a new light. Can we have a true moral life without belief in God? What are the dangers of moral relativism?

In its final part, society, The Stone Reader returns to its origins as a forum to encourage philosophers who are willing to engage closely, critically, and analytically with the affairs of the day, including economic inequality, technology, and racial discrimination. In directly confronting events like the September 11 attacks, the killing of Trayvon Martin, and the Sandy Hook School massacre, the essays here reveal the power of philosophy to help shape our viewpoints on nearly every issue we face today.

The God Theory: Universes, Zero-Point Fields and What's Behind It All [Audiobook]

The God Theory: Universes, Zero-Point Fields and What's Behind It All [Audiobook]
The God Theory: Universes, Zero-Point Fields and What's Behind It All [Audiobook] by Bernard Haisch, read by Norman Dietz
2011 | MP3@128 kbps | 5 hrs 40 mins | 320.94MB

On the one hand, we have traditional science, based on the premises of materialism, reductionism, and randomness, with a belief that reality consists solely of matter and energy, that everything can be measured in the laboratory or observed by a telescope. If it can't, it doesn't exist. On the other hand, we have traditional religious dogma concerning God that fails to take into account evolution, a 4.6-billion-year-old Earth, and the conflicting claims of the world's religions.

In The God Theory, Bernard Haisch discards both these worldviews and proposes a theory that provides purpose for our lives while at the same time being completely consistent with everything we have discovered about the universe and life on Earth. To wit, Newton was right-there is a God-and wrong-this is not merely a material world.Haisch proposes that science will explain God and God will explain science. Consciousness is not a mere epiphenomenon of the brain; it is our connection to God, the source of all consciousness. Ultimately it is consciousness that creates matter and not vice versa. New discoveries in physics point to a background sea of quantum light underlying the universe. The God Theory offers a worldview that incorporates cutting-edge science and ancient mystical knowledge. This is nothing less than a revolution in our understanding.

The Platonic Tradition: Understanding Plato's Impact through the Ages [The Modern Scholar]

The Platonic Tradition: Understanding Plato's Impact through the Ages [The Modern Scholar]
The Platonic Tradition: Understanding Plato's Impact through the Ages [The Modern Scholar] by Peter Kreeft
2012 | MP3@64 kbps | 5 hrs 4 mins | 146.64MB

This engaging course of lectures begins by providing a detailed and accurate overview of Plato's philosophy and it's central idea - the idea of a transcendent reality that has popularly become known as the theory of the Forms. Professor Kreeft then takes us on a concise journey through Western Philosophical history to show how that central idea - the theory of forms - has either been built upon or reacted to by philosophers ever since. We explore not only the work of Plato, but also that of several other great voices in the Western Philosophical tradition - Aristotle, Plotinus, and Augustine - each of whom gave the forms a new metaphysical address. Later lectures explore both Christian Platonists and philosophical movements such as Positivism and Nihilism which have been anti-Platonist in their outlook. In the end we are left with a richer appreciation for Plato's work and its enduring legacy.

The Tao of Seneca: Practical Letters from a Stoic Master, Volume 1-3 [Audiobook]

The Tao of Seneca: Practical Letters from a Stoic Master, Volume 1-3 [Audiobook]
The Tao of Seneca: Practical Letters from a Stoic Master, Volume 1-3 [Audiobook] by Seneca presented by Tim Ferriss, read by John A Robinson
2016 | M4B@64 kbps | ~ 31 hours | 895.8MB

The Tao of Seneca (volumes 1-3) is an introduction to Stoic philosophy through the words of Seneca. If you study Seneca, you'll be in good company. He was popular with the educated elite of the Greco-Roman Empire, but Thomas Jefferson also had Seneca on his bedside table. Thought leaders in Silicon Valley tout the benefits of Stoicism, and NFL management, coaches, and players alike - from teams such as the Patriots and Seahawks - have embraced it because the principles make them better competitors. Stoicism is a no-nonsense philosophical system designed to produce dramatic real-world effects. Think of it as an ideal operating system for thriving in high-stress environments. This is your guide.

The 4th Revolution: How the Infosphere is Reshaping Human Reality [Audiobook]

The 4th Revolution: How the Infosphere is Reshaping Human Reality [Audiobook]
The 4th Revolution: How the Infosphere is Reshaping Human Reality [Audiobook] by Luciano Floridi, read by Brian Holsopple
2014 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 10 mins | 257MB

Who are we, and how do we relate to each other? Luciano Floridi, one of the leading figures in contemporary philosophy, argues that the explosive developments in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are changing the answer to these fundamental human questions.

As the boundaries between life online and offline break down, and we become seamlessly connected to each other and surrounded by smart, responsive objects, we are all becoming integrated into an "infosphere". Personas we adopt in social media, for example, feed into our 'real' lives so that we begin to live, as Floridi puts in, "onlife". Following those led by Copernicus, Darwin, and Freud, this metaphysical shift represents nothing less than a fourth revolution.

"Onlife" defines more and more of our daily activity - the way we shop, work, learn, care for our health, entertain ourselves, conduct our relationships; the way we interact with the worlds of law, finance, and politics; even the way we conduct war. In every department of life, ICTs have become environmental forces which are creating and transforming our realities. How can we ensure that we shall reap their benefits? What are the implicit risks? Are our technologies going to enable and empower us, or constrain us? Floridi argues that we must expand our ecological and ethical approach to cover both natural and man-made realities, putting the 'e' in an environmentalism that can deal successfully with the new challenges posed by our digital technologies and information society.

No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam [Audiobook]

No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam [Audiobook]
No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam [Audiobook] by Reza Aslan, read by Shishir Kurup
2009 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 12 hrs 36 mins | 354.17MB

Though it is the fastest growing religion in the world, Islam remains shrouded by ignorance and fear. What is the essence of this ancient faith? Is it a religion of peace or war? How does Allah differ from the God of Jews and Christians? Can an Islamic state be founded on democratic values such as pluralism and human rights? A writer and scholar of comparative religions, Reza Aslan has earned international acclaim for the passion and clarity he has brought to these questions. In No god but God, challenging the "clash of civilizations" mentality that has distorted our view of Islam, Aslan explains this critical faith in all its complexity, beauty, and compassion.

Contrary to popular perception in the West, Islam is a religion firmly rooted in the prophetic traditions of the Jewish and Christian scriptures. Aslan begins with a vivid account of the social and religious milieu in which the Prophet Muhammad lived. The revelations that Muhammad received in Mecca and Medina, which were recorded in the Quran, became the foundation for a radically more egalitarian community, the likes of which had never been seen before.

According to Reza Aslan, we are now living in the era of "the Islamic Reformation". No god but God is a persuasive and elegantly written account of the roots of this reformation and the future of Islamic faith.

The Memorable Thoughts of Socrates [Audiobook]

The Memorable Thoughts of Socrates [Audiobook]
The Memorable Thoughts of Socrates [Audiobook] by Xenophon, read by Nicholas Tecosky
2012 | M4B@64 kbps | 6 hrs 31 mins | 181.42MB

Xenophon was a Greek who admired and studied with Socrates. He marched with the Spartans and later was exiled from Athens. He wrote about the history of his times, the sayings of Socrates, and about life in Greece.

Edward Bysshe translated Xenophone's work in 1702. This translation has continued to have an excellent reputation. In this work, Xenophon discusses the views of life taught by Socrates. His writing is clean and direct. Xenophon does not idealize Socrates, but he feels strongly, and he shows clearly the worth of the wisdom that touches at every point the actual conduct of the lives of men.

Narrator Nicholas Tecosky will make listeners feel as though they are at a lecture given by an obliging and earnest professor. His easygoing performance allows listeners to appreciate Socrates' words of wisdom as written by his student Xenophon. Addressing the youth of his time, Socrates instructs them on the philosophy of virtue and its value and application in daily life. Socrates touches on religion and piety, household management (which he likens to political government), and ways to avoid corruption and excess. Listeners who are looking for an accessible introduction to Socratic philosophy will find this audiobook perfect for their needs.

An Introduction to Philosophy [Audiobook]

An Introduction to Philosophy [Audiobook]
An Introduction to Philosophy [Audiobook] by George Stuart Fullerton, read by Mark Moseley
2012 | M4B@64 kbps | 10 hrs 38 mins | 299.16MB

This classic explains American philosopher George Stuary Fullerton's realistic views on philosophy. Fullerton, born in India, spent time at the University of Pennsylvania, Yale Divinity School, Columbia University, and the University of Vienna. He was president of the American Psychological Association in 1896.

The Gnostic Bible [Audiobook]

The Gnostic Bible [Audiobook]
The Gnostic Bible [Audiobook] edited by Willis Barnstone, Marvin Meyer
2008 | MP3@192 kbps + EPUB + PDF | 294.66MB

Gnosticism was a wide-ranging religious movement of the first millennium CE—with earlier antecedents and later flourishings—whose adherents sought salvation through knowledge and personal religious experience. Gnostic writings offer striking perspectives on both early Christian and non-Christian thought. For example, some gnostic texts suggest that god should be celebrated as both mother and father, and that self-knowledge is the supreme path to the divine. Only in the past fifty years has it become clear how far the gnostic influence spread in ancient and medieval religions—and what a marvelous body of scriptures it produced.

The selections gathered here, in poetic, readable translation, represent Jewish, Christian, Hermetic, Mandaean, Manichaean, Islamic, and Cathar expressions of gnostic spirituality. Their regions of origin include Egypt, the Greco-Roman world, the Middle East, Syria, Iraq, China, and France. Also included are introductions, notes, an extensive glossary, and a wealth of suggestions for further reading.

The Happiness Hypothesis [Audiobook]

The Happiness Hypothesis [Audiobook]
The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom [Audiobook] by Jonathan Haidt, read by George K Wilson
2007 | MP3@96 kbps + EPUB | 11 hrs 47 mins | 485.55MB

This is a book about ten great ideas. Each chapter is an attempt to savor one idea that has been discovered by several of the world's civilizations - to question it scientifically, and to extract from it the lessons that apply to our modern lives.

Jonathan Haidt skillfully combines two genres: philosophical wisdom and scientific research; delighting the reader with surprising insights. He explains, for example, why we have such difficulty controlling ourselves and sticking to our plans; why no achievement brings lasting happiness, yet a few changes in your life can have profound effects, and why even confirmed atheists experience spiritual elevation. In a stunning final chapter, Haidt addresses the grand question "How can I live a meaningful life?," offering an original answer that draws on the rich inspiration of both philosophy and science.

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