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Unabridged philosophy audiobooks including writing by Plato (Parmenides), Aristotle (Economics), Cicero (On Moral Duties) and Plotinus (Enneads). Topics discussed include ethics, justice, law, logic, metaphysics, God, happiness, love and beauty. Each book has been streamlined by merging separate LibriVox recordings into a single seamless whole with no interruptions. Painting: La Perle et la vague by Paul-Jacques-Aimé Baudry.
 
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On Marvellous Things Heard (Greek: ???? ????????? ??????????; Latin: De Mirabilibus Auscultationibus) is attributed to Aristotle (???????????) but may have been written by another author. Translated by Launcelot D. Dowdall. Painting: The Last Judgment by Hans Memling, c.1471. Recording and cover design by Geoffrey Edwards are in the public domain.…
 
6. Of Numbers (0:00:00) 7. How Ideas Multiply (1:36:17) 8. Of the Will of the One (4:54:49) 9. Of the Good and the One (6:35:44) Translated by Kenneth Sylvan Guthrie. Painting: Archangel Gabriel; The Virgin Annunciate by Gerard David, c1510. Digital image courtesy of The Met. Recording and cover design by Geoffrey Edwards are in the Public Domain.…
 
1. Of the Ten Aristotelian Categories (0:00:00) 2. The Categories of Plotinos (2:17:46) 3. Plotinos's Own Sense-Categories (4:09:17) 4. The One Identical Essence is Everywhere Entirely Present (6:24:30) 5. The One Identical Essence is Everywhere Entirely Present (7:39:26) Translated by Kenneth Sylvan Guthrie. Photograph: A Study by Henry Peach Robi…
 
VIII 0:32:29 IX 1:32:04 X 2:32:57 XI 4:09:38 XII 5:20:43 XIII 6:58:04 Metaphysics (Greek: ???? ?? ??????; Latin: METAPHYSICA) by Aristotle. Translated by John M'Mahon. Painting: The Farewell of Telemachus and Eucharis by Jacques-Louis David, 1818. LibriVox recording and cover design by Geoffrey Edwards are in the public domain. Proof-Listener: Guer…
 
Aristotle names the heart as the life principle responsible for sensation and nutrition in all sanguineous animals and argues that every living thing has a soul which is extinguished at death. Translated by William Alexander Hammond. Painting: Vampire by Edvard Munch, 1895. LibriVox recording and cover design by Geoffrey Edwards are in the public d…
 
Mechanics (Greek: ????????, Latin: Mechanica) is attributed to Aristotle but may have been written by Archytas (???????). The 35 books discuss topics including the relationship between circles, levers and pulleys. Translated by Edward Forster. Painting: Faustine Léo (1832–1865) by Henri Lehmann, 1842. Scanned by The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Reco…
 
On Sleeping and Waking (Greek: ???? ????? ??? ???????????; Latin: DE SOMNO ET VIGILIA) is also known as On Sleep and Sleeplessness. In this book Aristotle discusses the relationship between sleep and the body, soul and sensation. Translated by William Alexander Hammond. Painting: Le Sommeil by Gustave Courbet, 1866. LibriVox recording and cover des…
 
II: 1:24:00 III 3:02:03 On the Laws (Latin: De Legibus) by Cicero. Translated by Charles Duke Yonge. It is unknown how many books De Legibus originally contained but several complete books have been lost. Cicero's emphasis in the surviving work is on the nature and purpose of law as opposed to providing answers to specific legal questions. Photogra…
 
Book II: 49:34 On Plants (Greek: ???? ?????; Latin: De Plantis) may have been written by Nicolaus of Damascus (???????? ??????????) instead of Aristotle. Sexual reproduction, parasitism, earthquakes and buoyancy are discussed and a correlation is drawn between the shape of thorns and the shape of fire. Translated by Edward Forster. Painting: La Sou…
 
This fifth of the six Enneads (????????) written by Plotinus (????????); arranged by Porphyry (?????????) and translated by Kenneth Sylvan Guthrie contains the following nine books: 1. The Three Principal Hypostases, or Forms of Existence (0:00:00) 2. Of Generation, and of the Order of things that Rank Next After the First (0:51:53) 3. The Self-Con…
 
II 1:05:10 III 2:05:07 IV 2:58:12 V 4:41:28 VI 5:31:34 VII 6:48:33 VIII 7:33:08 Physics (Greek: ?????? ????????; Latin: PHYSICA) by Aristotle. Translated by Thomas Taylor. Read for LibriVox by Geoffrey Edwards. Meta-Coordinator/Cataloging: Carolin Kaiser. Dedicated Proof-Listener: Kajo. Painting: Portrait of Louise de Keroualle, Duchess of Portsmou…
 
Physiognomonics (Greek: ??????????????, Latin: Physiognomonica) was probably not written by Aristotle. The text discusses physiognomy. Translated by T. Loveday and E.S. Forster. Read for LibriVox in English by Geoffrey Edwards. Painting: The Annunciation, with Saint Emidius by Carlo Crivelli, 1486. This recording and cover design are in the public …
 
Book II - 2:05:36 Book III - 4:53:25 On the Nature of the Gods (Latin: De Natura Deorum) outlines Stoic, Epicurean and Academic (Skeptical) views on religious questions. Problems discussed include: evil, the origin of the world, divination and characteristics of God. Translated by Charles Duke Yonge. Painting: Daniel and Cyrus Before the Idol Bel b…
 
The Situations and Names of Winds (Greek: ???? ?????? ??????, Latin: VENTORUM SITUS) may not have been written by Aristotle. The translator Edward Forster believes the peripatetic philosopher Theophrastus (??????????) may have been the actual author. The four cardinal and eight intermediate winds are named. Gaps in the recording signify portions of…
 
This forth of the six Enneads (????????) written by Plotinus (????????); arranged by Porphyry (?????????) and translated by Kenneth Sylvan Guthrie contains the following nine books: 1. Of the Being of the Soul (0:00:00) 2. How the Soul Mediates Between Indivisible and Divisible Essence (0:02:59) 3. Are Not All Souls Parts or Emanations of a Single …
 
On Colours (American English: On Colors, Greek: ???? ????????, Latin: DE COLORIBUS) may not have been written by Aristotle. Theophrastus or Strato who were the second and third scholarchs of the Lyceum (???????) may have been the actual author. The writer emphasizes the use of observation to confirm his or her theories regarding the mechanisms caus…
 
On Things Heard (Greek ???? ????????, Latin DE AUDIBILIBUS) is a work which was formerly attributed to Aristotle, but is now generally believed to be the work of Strato of Lampsacus who was the third scholarch of the Lyceum. Our extant version of On Things Heard is made up of long extracts included in Porphyry's Commentary on Ptolemy's Harmonics, a…
 
On Melissus, Xenophanes, and Gorgias (Greek: ???? ????????, ?????????? ??? ???????; Latin: DE MELISSO, XENOPHANE, GORGIA) may not have been written by Aristotle. Translated by T. Loveday and E.S. Forster. Painting: Auto de Fe en la Plaza Mayor de Madrid, Francisco Rizi, 1683, óleo sobre lienzo, 277 x 438 cm, Museo del Prado, Madrid.…
 
This third of the six Enneads (????????) written by Plotinus (????????); arranged by Porphyry (?????????) and translated by Kenneth Sylvan Guthrie contains the following nine books: 1. Concerning Fate (0:00:00) 2. Of Providence (0:31:39) 3. Continuation of That on Providence (1:49:41) 4. Of Our Individual Guardian (2:20:34) 5. Of Love, or "Eros" (2…
 
On Longevity and Shortness of Life (Greek: ???? ????????????? ??? ?????????????; Latin: DE LONGITUDINE ET BREVITATE VITAE) is one of the seven short treatises on nature (Latin: PARVA NATURALIA). In this text Aristotle provides explanations for the different lifespans of plants, animals, men and women. Translated by William Alexander Hammond. Photog…
 
The Constitution of Athens (Greek: ???????? ????????) was written by Aristotle or one of his students. The text was lost until discovered in the late 19th century in Egypt. Topics discussed include Solon's legislative reforms abolishing debt slavery and the rise and decline of democracy and tyranny in Athens. Translated by Frederic G. Kenyon. Paint…
 
On Prophecy in Sleep (Greek: ???? ??? ??? ????? ????????) is also known as On Divination in Sleep (Latin: DE DIVINATIONE PER SOMNUM). In this short book Aristotle asks why alleged prophetic dreams typically come to base people at night instead of to the wise during the day which would be more consistent with a benevolent deity. Painting: Shepherd a…
 
This second of the six Enneads (????????) written by Plotinus (????????); arranged by Porphyry (?????????) and translated by Kenneth Sylvan Guthrie contains the following nine books: 1. Of the Heaven 2. About the Movement of the Heavens 3. Whether Astrology is of any Value 4. Of Matter 5. Of the Aristotelian Distinction Between Actuality and Potent…
 
This first of the six Enneads (????????) written by Plotinus (????????); arranged by Porphyry (?????????) and translated by Kenneth Sylvan Guthrie contains the following nine books: 1. The Organism and the Self 2. Concerning Virtue 3. Of Dialectic, or the Means of Raising the Soul to the Intelligible World 4. Whether Animals May Be Termed Happy 5. …
 
Eudemian Ethics (Greek: ?????? ???????? Latin: ETHICA EUDEMIA) outlines Aristotle's ethical philosophy. Topics include virtue, friendship, happiness, justice, courage, wisdom, temperance and God. It is believed to have been written before Nicomachean Ethics and to be named after Eudemus of Rhodes. Books IV, V, and VI of Eudemian Ethics are identica…
 
Magna Moralia (Ancient Greek: ?????? ??????? English: Great Ethics) discusses topics including friendship, virtue, happiness and God. It is disputed whether Aristotle wrote Magna Moralia. This author concludes that it is absurd to suggest that God contemplates only God but does not propose an alternative activity for God. Translated by St. George W…
 
Statesman (Greek: ????????? Latin: POLITICUS) discusses God's role in maintaining the Universe and describes the statesman as a good shepherd who promotes intermarriage between the orderly (rich) and courageous (poor). Painting: Eighty and Eighteen by John William Godward. Translated by Benjamin Jowett. Audiobook read by Geoffrey Edwards.…
 
Olympiodorus the Younger (???????????? ? ????????) was a Neoplatonist philosopher who lived in the early years of the Byzantine Empire. Justinian's Decree of 529 AD closed Plato's Academy in Athens and other Pagan schools but Olympiodorus avoided persecution in part because the Alexandrian School was less involved in politics. At his death the Scho…
 
Apuleius on the Doctrines of Plato which is also known as On Plato and his Doctrine (Latin: De Dogmate Platonis) is divided into three parts. Book I: On Natural Philosophy. Book II: On Moral Philosophy. Book III: On the Philosophy of Reasoning. Painting: Cupid and Psyche by François Pascal Simon. Translated by George Burges. Audiobook read by Geoff…
 
The Introduction of Alcinous to the Doctrines of Plato which is also known as The Handbook of Platonism (??????? ??? ???????? ????????) is attributed to the Middle Platonist philosopher Alcinous (????????) who lived around the 2nd century AD. Painting: The Birth of Bacchus by Giulio Romano (Giulio Pippi) and Workshop. Scanned by The J. Paul Getty M…
 
Axiochus (???????) may not have been written by Plato. Socrates presents various arguments to the gravely ill Axiochus for why he should not fear death. The first is that the dead experience nothing because they do not exist and so by definition can not suffer from death. When this argument fails Socrates discusses the immortality of the soul, pred…
 
The Treatise of Timaeus the Locrian on the Soul of the World and Nature (Ancient Greek: ???? ?????? ????? ??? ?????; Latin: Timaeus Locrus) may not have been written by Plato. The Pythagorean philosopher Timaeus describes the creation of the world by God and the Demiurge using the eternal forms as guides and matter composed of Platonic solids. Pain…
 
Definitions (Greek: ????; Latin: DEFINITIONES) may not have been written by Plato. The text provides what some consider to be occasionally flawed definitions for 186 philosophical terms including wisdom, justice, fortitude, temperance, knowledge, soul and God. Watercolour Painting: The Great Dragon and the Woman Clothed in the Sun by William Blake.…
 
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