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The Kybalion

Read by Algy Pug


The Three Initiates


The Kybalion: Hermetic Philosophy is a 1908 book claiming to be the essence of the teachings of Hermes Trismegistus, published anonymously b…

The Twilight of the Idols

Read by D.E. Wittkower


Friedrich Nietzsche


Of The Twilight of the Idols, Nietzsche says in Ecce Homo: “If anyone should desire to obtain a rapid sketch of how everything before my tim…

La Voie du milieu

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Confucius 孔子


La Voie du Milieu (ou Zhong Yong) est, avec La Grande Étude, Les Entretiens de Confucius et le Mencius, un des quatre classiques de l…

Kitab Adab al-Dunya w'al-Din (The Ethics of Religion and of this World)

Read by Youssef Safiljil (Dr. Fighter)


Abu al-Hasan Ali Ibn Muhammad Ibn Habib al-Mawardi


Al-Mawardi (Alboacen) was one of the famous Islamic authors and jurists. He was a well-known man in the “Abbassid” empire—a mature thinker w…

Reflections on War and Death

Read by D.E. Wittkower


Sigmund Freud


Anyone, as Freud tells us in Reflections on War and Death, forced to react against his own impulses may be described as a hypocrite, whether…

Ecce Homo

Read by TimSC


Friedrich Nietzsche


The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche's autobiography, Ecce Homo, was the last prose work that he wrote before his illness in 1889. Coming at …

Leviathan (Books I and II)

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Thomas Hobbes


Leviathan, or The Matter, Forme and Power of a Common Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civil, commonly called Leviathan, is a book written in 1651…

Democracy in America Vol. I

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Alexis De Tocqueville


When Tocqueville visited America in the 1830s he found a thriving democracy of a kind he had not seen anywhere else. Many of his insightful …

Anticipations

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H. G. Wells


Wells considered this book one of his most important, a natural follow-up to such works as his Man of the Year Million and The Time Machine.…

Of the Shortness of Life

Read by Jonathan Hockey


Lucius Annaeus Seneca


Seneca the Younger wrote the moral essay "De Brevitate Vitae" — "On the Shortness of Life" — to his friend Paulinus. The…

The Apology of Socrates

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 mis…

Two Treatises of Civil Government

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John Locke


The Two Treatises of Civil Government is a work of political philosophy published anonymously in 1689 by John Locke. The First Treatise is a…

The Prince (Version 3)

Read by Bob Neufeld


Niccolò Machiavelli


The Prince (Italian: Il Principe) is a political treatise by the Italian diplomat, historian and political theorist Niccolò Machiavel…

The Joyful Wisdom (or: The Gay Science)

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Friedrich Nietzsche


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

Stoicism

Read by Leon Mire


St. George William Joseph Stock


This short book is part of the Philosophies Ancient and Modern series, which attempts to make Western philosophy more accessible to the gene…

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…

Ainsi parlait Zarathoustra

Read by Guy Marcy


Friedrich Nietzsche


Traditionnellement, on range Ainsi parlait Zarathoustra, dans la rubrique « Philosophie ». Mais on conviendra sans doute, et tou…

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 …

Utopia (Burnet translation)

Read by Jenilee


Thomas More


This book is all about the fictional country called Utopia. It is a country with an ‘ideal’ form of communism, in which everything really do…

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