Like F.A. Hayek, Ludwig von Mises moved beyond economics in his later years to address questions regarding the foundation of all social science. But unlike Hayek´s attempts, Mises´ writings on these matters have received less attention than they deserve. Theory and History, writes Rothbard in his introduction, ´´remains by far the most neglected masterwork of Mises´´. Here Mises defends his all-important idea of methodological dualism: one approach to the hard sciences and another for the social sciences. He defends the epistemological status of economic proposition. He has his most extended analysis of those who want to claim that there is more than one logical structure by which we think about reality. He grapples with the problem of determinism and free will. He presents philosophy of history and historical research. Overall, this is a tremendously lucid defense of the fundamental Misesian approach to social philosophy. ´´It is Mises´s great methodological work, explaining the basis of his approach to economics, and providing scintillating critiques of such fallacious alternatives as historicism, scientism, and Marxian dialectical materialism.... Austrian economics will never enjoy a genuine renaissance until economists read and absorb the vital lessons of this unfortunately neglected work.´´ Theory and History should be required for any student of 20th-century ideas. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Pruden. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/053643/bk_acx0_053643_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This December 2004 edition of Scientific American has a cover story about viruses, the bordering-on-inanimate beings that hold an uncanny power over the web of life. Also in this issue: new findings about natural brain chemicals that act like those in marijuana and can be used to treat pain and anxiety; results of a new computer analysis that casts doubt on the recent theory that 15th-century artists used mirrors to paint their landscapes; and more on the numerous dinosaur species recently discovered to have thrived in northern Alaska 70 million years ago. 1. Language: English. Narrator: uncredited. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/scam/041201/pe_scam_041201_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Follow the tragic rise and fall of Macbeth, whose boundless ambition, fueled by witches´ prophesies, traps him and Lady Macbeth in a web of political intrigue, madness, and murder. This study aid offers a detailed narrative guide to ´´The Scottish Play,´´ dramatic readings, critical analysis, and an introduction to Shakespeare´s London. Author Mark Breitenberg, Ph.D, is a teacher of literature and critical theory at Swarthmore College, specializing in Shakespeare and Renaissance culture. Narrator Roger Rees is an associate artist with the Royal Shakespeare Company. This guide is part of the A+ AUDIO series from Time Warner, an innovative set of study materials that will help you to better understand, appreciate, and enjoy great works of literature. Look for other A+ titles from Audible in the Education section of Personal Development. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Roger Rees. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/time/000035/bk_time_000035_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Prince, is the best known work by Italian diplomat, Nicolo Machiavelli. It is, in essence, a manual for rulership. The Prince, was a distinctly original work, written in the late Renaissance, and characterized by a realistic, perhaps even ruthless perspective, of both human nature and politics. It inspired the term ´´Machiavellian´´, and brought it into common use to describe unscrupulous politics. Machiavelli is seen as the father of modern political theory. His perspective in The Prince reflects a unique insight into human nature, and the nature of statecraft, offering clear, and powerful instructions for anyone in the field of politics, from the Renaissance to the modern era. The audiobook version of The Prince, is prefaced with a biography of the author and a background of the work itself, shedding some light on the mind that produced it, and the era which shaped his perspective. Also included are an overview, synopsis, and analysis of the work. The summary is capped with a brief look at the historical context of Machiavelli´s work, as well as the criticisms it has evoked, and the impact he has had on society. This is an ideal work for those interested in history, politics, or sociology, a unique and useful work, which offers a plethora of instructions for dealing with power on any level. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Doug Eisengrein. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/092651/bk_acx0_092651_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´The purpose of politics is not to defeat your opponent as much as it is to provide superior leadership and better ideas than the opposition.´´ - Jack Kemp The late 1970s were miserable for America. It was the post-Vietnam, post-Watergate era, a time of high unemployment, ruinous inflation, gasoline lines, Communist advances, and bottomed-out US morale. In the 1980s it all turned around: ´´stagflation´´ ended, and nearly two decades of prosperity ensued. The Soviet Union retreated then collapsed. America again believed in itself. And around the world, democratic capitalism was deemed ´´the end of history´´. Ronald Reagan´s policies sparked the American renaissance, but the Gipper´s leadership is only part of the story. The economic theory that underpinned America´s success was pioneered by a star professional quarterback turned self-taught intellectual and ´´bleeding-heart conservative´´: Jack Kemp. Kemp´s role in a pivotal period in American history is at last illuminated in this first-ever biography, which also has lessons for the politics of today. Kemp was the congressional champion of supply-side economics - the idea that lowering taxes would foster growth. Even today, almost no one advocates a return to a top income tax rate of 70 percent. Kemp didn´t just challenge the Democratic establishment. He also encouraged his fellow Republicans to be growth (not austerity) minded, open their tent to minorities and blue-collar workers, battle poverty and discrimination, and once again become ´´the party of Lincoln´´. Kemp approached politics the same way he played quarterback for the Buffalo Bills: with a refusal to accept defeat. Yet he also was incapable of personal attack, arguing always on the level of ideas. He regarded opponents as adversaries, not enemies, and often cooperated with them to get things done.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Morton Kondracke, Fred Barnes. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/002693/bk_peng_002693_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Start learning new things every day with Smarty Volume 1 by iMindsJNR. A compilation of six diverse topics across our six junior categories, in Smarty Volume 1 you will learn about: The story of the Renaissance, the life and times of former US President John F. Kennedy, the development of the US Constitution, the history of geography of China, the context of the Cold War and the theory of Evolution. Perfect to engage, entertain and broaden young thinkers.. iMindsJNR brings knowledge to your MP3 with 5 minute information segments for growing minds. iMindsJNR offers 6 main categories for ages 7-14years including General Knowledge, Geography & Nature, Famous People, Science & Math, The Arts and History. Make your MP3 smarter with iMindsJNR MindTracks, intersperse with music and enjoy learning a little about a lot.. knowledge to help shape young minds. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Leah Vandenberg. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/imnd/000148/bk_imnd_000148_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A brilliant recasting of the turning points in world history, including the one we´re living through, as a collision between old power hierarchies and new social networks Most history is hierarchical: it´s about emperors, presidents, prime ministers, and field marshals. It´s about states, armies, and corporations. It´s about orders from on high. Even history ´´from below´´ is often about trade unions and workers´ parties. But what if that´s simply because hierarchical institutions create the archives that historians rely on? What if we are missing the informal, less well documented social networks that are the true sources of power and drivers of change? The 21st century has been hailed as the Age of Networks. However, in The Square and the Tower, Niall Ferguson argues that networks have always been with us, from the structure of the brain to the food chain, from the family tree to freemasonry. Throughout history, hierarchies housed in high towers have claimed to rule, but often real power has resided in the networks in the town square below. For it is networks that tend to innovate. And it is through networks that revolutionary ideas can contagiously spread. Just because conspiracy theorists like to fantasize about such networks doesn´t mean they are not real. From the cults of ancient Rome to the dynasties of the Renaissance, from the founding fathers to Facebook, The Square and the Tower tells the story of the rise, fall, and rise of networks, and shows how network theory - concepts such as clustering, degrees of separation, weak ties, contagions, and phase transitions - can transform our understanding of both the past and the present. Just as The Ascent of Money put Wall Street into historical perspective, so The Square and the Tower does the same for Silicon Valley. And it offers a bold prediction about which hierarchies will withstand this latest wave of network disruption - and which w... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Elliot Hill. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/003366/bk_peng_003366_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Travel the world with Eric Weiner, the New York Times best-selling author of The Geography of Bliss, as he journeys from Athens to Silicon Valley - and throughout history, too - to show how creative genius flourishes in specific places at specific times. In The Geography of Genius, acclaimed travel writer Weiner sets out to examine the connection between our surroundings and our most innovative ideas. He explores the history of places, like Vienna of 1900, Renaissance Florence, ancient Athens, Song Dynasty Hangzhou, and Silicon Valley, to show how certain urban settings are conducive to ingenuity. And, with his trademark insightful humor, he walks the same paths as the geniuses who flourished in these settings to see if the spirit of what inspired figures like Socrates, Michelangelo, and Leonardo remains. In these places, Weiner asks, ´´What was in the air, and can we bottle it?´´ This link can be traced back through history: Darwin´s theory of evolution gelled while he was riding in a carriage. Freud did his best thinking at his favorite coffeehouse. Beethoven, like many geniuses, preferred long walks in the woods. Sharp and provocative, The Geography of Genius redefines the argument about how genius came to be. His reevaluation of the importance of culture in nurturing creativity is an informed romp through history that will surely jump-start a national conversation. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Eric Weiner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/007292/bk_sans_007292_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Contents Chapter 1: Introductory Chapter 2: The Roman Empire Before the Invasion of the Barbarians Chapter 3: The Barbarian Invasions Chapter 4: Restoration of the Empire in the West Chapter 5: Empire and Policy of Charles Chapter 6: Carolingian and Italian Emperors Chapter 7: Theory of the Medæval Empire Chapter 8: The Roman Empire and the German Kingdom Chapter 9: Saxon and Franconian Emperors Chapter 10: Struggle of the Empire and the Papacy Chapter 11: The Emperors in Italy: Frederick Barbarossa Chapter 12: Imperial Titles and Pretensions Chapter 13: Fall of the Hohenstaufen Chapter 14: The Germanic Constitution - the Seven Electors Chapter 15: The Empire as an International Power Chapter 16: The City of Rome in the Middle Ages Chapter 17: The Renaissance: Change in the Character of the Empire Chapter 18: The Reformation and Its Effects upon the Empire Chapter 19: The Peace of Westphalia: Last Stage in the Decline of the Empire Chapter 20: Fall of the Empire Chapter 21: Conclusion and General Summary 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charlton Griffin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acon/000213/bk_acon_000213_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Theatrical Event discusses the objectives of theater studies by focusing on the communicative encounter between performer and spectator - the theatrical event. A theatrical event includes the presentation of a performance and the attention of an audience; in this sense, every performance - on stage or in the street, historical or contemporary - that is watched by an audience is a theatrical event. The concept underlines the ´´eventness´´ of all encounters between performers and spectators. In the first part of the book, Willmar Sauter presents various models for the analysis of theatrical events, examining the relationship between performance and perception and the interaction between the performative event and its context. Using examples from ancient and recent theater history, and discussing traditional and nontraditional approaches to theater theory, he builds a paradigmatic change in the concept of theater. Constructs such as playing culture (as opposed to written culture), theatrical communication, theatricality, and theater as a model of cultural event are brought into focus and their methodological advantages explored. The second part of the book uses the theoretical groundwork of the first part to enhance a variety of topics, including such legends as Sarah Bernhardt and other historical phenomena, such as a Swedish Renaissance play, Strindberg´s ideas on acting, the question of ethnicity in the political theater of the 1930s, and critical writings on contemporary performances. Sauter examines how Robert Lepage´s staging of A Dream Play is viewed by critics and scholars and analyzes Dario Fo´s intercultural transfer to outdoor performances in Stockholm and the unusual sensationalism of Strindberg´s Miss Julie. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jack Chekijian. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/001354/bk_acx0_001354_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.