I Think, Therefore I Am: Philosophy for Beginners

I Think, Therefore I Am: Philosophy for Beginners

Philosophy is the study of knowledge, nature and existence, and with so much literature and competing ideas out there, it can be hard to know where to start. It's all about thinking, both big and small, about reality and the human experience, and these titles from some of the world's best thinkers will set you on a path of discovery and enlightenment. Feast your ears on these timeless, brilliant audiobooks by famous theorists from ancient Rome to the modern day, and understand the lasting legacies of these philosophers who have shaped the ways in which we ponder the largest and most vexing questions of the universe.
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    • By: Viktor E. Frankl
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
    • Release date: 13-10-2004
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 3,658 ratings
    • Author and internationally renowned psychiatrist Viktor E. Frankl has endured one of the most horrific of situations — forced into years of suffering in Nazi death camps. However, through all of this, he sought to find meaning in his suffering. His powerful tales of survival took him on a journey later in life to develop a fresh approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy — all about one’s search for deep meaning in life. Balancing painful recollections with scientific strategy and, at times, grim humour, the author’s quest to derive meaning in his life created one of the most significant psychological movements of our time. 'To live is to suffer, to survive is to find meaning in the suffering.'

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    • By: Sam Harris
    • Narrated by: Sam Harris
    • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
    • Release date: 16-10-2014
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,234 ratings
    • Waking Up is all about breaking down the idea of religion, without being focused entirely on religion itself. Best-selling author, neuroscientist, famous sceptic and so-called 'new atheist' Sam Harris explores what the important truths are behind religion’s most revered figures. He then looks at how those who follow no religion can take this contemplative wisdom and couple it with modern science in a contemporary meditative approach. Harris’s calming and clear narration fits perfectly to his rational and freethinking writing style. This listen is no ‘one size fits all’, but why should spirituality and science not overlap, and what can we learn from neuroscience and psychology to inform our spiritual practice?

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    • By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    • Narrated by: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    • Length: 45 mins
    • Release date: 12-01-2017
    • Language: English
    • 5 out of 5 stars 217 ratings
    • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has brought her 2013 TEDx talk of the same name to life in a self-narrated performance of what being a woman means today and how feminism in the 21st century must be cemented in inclusion and awareness. This short essay is by no means insubstantial, but rather a powerful exploration of truth and fairness, narrated in a captivating, warm and welcoming way. This must-listen is a vital perspective on feminism in today’s world, and how it is on all of us to grow and shape the women and men of tomorrow.

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    • By: Paramahansa Yogananda
    • Narrated by: Ben Kingsley
    • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
    • Release date: 07-10-2004
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 371 ratings
    • In Autobiography of a Yogi, Paramahansa Yogananda details childhood, his encounters with saints and sages on his search for a teacher, training in the hermitage of a revered yoga master, and his 30 years of teaching in America. He breaks down the ancient science of yoga and meditation, discusses the laws behind ordinary and extraordinary events in life, and muses on the mystery of human life. Autobiography of a Yogi is further enlivened by the narration of Oscar-winning actor Ben Kingsley and caters to listeners across the spectrum of this type of philosophical grounding and understanding.

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    • 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living
    • By: Ryan Holiday, Stephen Hanselman
    • Narrated by: Brian Holsopple
    • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
    • Release date: 18-10-2016
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 385 ratings
    • The Daily Stoic is a beautiful daily devotional of Stoic meditations to get into the habit of the practice, made engaging and soothing by Audie-nominated voice artist Brian Holsopple. The audiobook is filled with daily insights and exercises, including new translations from Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, Epictetus, Zeno, Cleanthes, and more, to inspire meditative practice. There’s no wonder these tried and tested techniques have been used by some of the world’s most notable public figures, celebrities and CEOs, to not only lead to success but also to a better life.

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    • By: Marcus Aurelius, George Long - translator, Duncan Steen - translator
    • Narrated by: Duncan Steen
    • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
    • Release date: 07-01-2011
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 928 ratings
    • Marcus Aurelius's Meditations is one of the most famous philosophy books, by one of the most acclaimed Western philosophers. His meditations focus on duty, forgiveness, brotherhood, strength, and so many more large and existential ideas about being a human in this world. With clear and sophisticated translation by George Long and Duncan Steen, as well as rich narration provided by Steen himself, this audiobook makes a perfect listen for any philosophical beginner who wants to dip their toes into deeper thinking. The original text may be centuries’ old, but has stood the test of time to create the foundations of other contemplative and philosophical thought.

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    • Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
    • By: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated by: Joe Ochman
    • Series: Incerto
    • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
    • Release date: 27-02-2018
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 331 ratings
    • ‘Skin in the Game ’— well, what exactly does that mean, and how does it apply to life’s big decisions? New York Times best-selling author of The Black Swan, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, challenges long-held beliefs behind politics, religion, ethics and social justice and how individuals ultimately flourish when accepting their own risks and running the gauntlet of life. This title is narrated by American actor Joe Ochman, who delivers the author’s often unconventional beliefs with poise and pragmatism. It may be frank and provocative, but Nasim Nicholas Taleb delivers on fleshing out life’s great injustices — or as he puts it, asymmetries — as a means to understand, influence and contribute to a just and fair society.

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    • By: Lao Tzu, Sam Torode
    • Narrated by: Amanda Brewer
    • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
    • Release date: 06-10-2016
    • Language: English
    • 5 out of 5 stars 54 ratings
    • Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching, translated as Book of the Way, is a guide for balance and perspective, teaching us how to work for the good of the world. It's the book of Tao, the basic principle of the universe. This contemplative listen is narrated with great understanding and diligence by Amanda Brewer, and has been translated in such a flowing and poetic way to take listeners on a simple journey of enlightenment. This edition, only available on Audible, is a listen to enjoy more than once, as each time new lessons are learned.

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    • By: Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels
    • Narrated by: Charles Armstrong, Roy McMillan
    • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
    • Release date: 25-02-2011
    • Language: English
    • 4 out of 5 stars 53 ratings
    • German philosophers Karl Marx and Friedrich Engel wrote The Communist Manifesto, a political pamphlet, in 1848 as an analytical approach to the class struggle and the problems of capitalism. In this listen, they discuss their theories about the nature of society and politics, and how they believed a form of socialism would replace capitalist society. With crisp, well-paced narration by Charles Armstrong and with Roy McMilan, this is a must-listen for anyone curious about social and economic philosophy and how the basic ideas of communist theory came to be.

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