Interesting books

The Oath & Law of Hippocrates c. 460–c. 370 B.C.

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Plato’s Cave from The Republic


John Chapter 1 in English and Latin, by Latin Audio

The Epistle of James

Liturgy of St John Chrysostom (Valaam Monastery), Saint John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople in the 5th century.


Lucian lived from about 125 to about 200 A.D., under the Roman Emperors Antoninus Pius, M. Aurelius and Lucius Verus, Commodus, and perhaps Pertinax. He was a Syrian, born at Samosata on the Euphrates, of parents to whom it was of importance that he should earn his living without spending much time or money on education. His maternal uncle being a statuary, he was apprenticed to him, having shown an aptitude for modelling in the wax that he surreptitiously scraped from his school writing-tablets. The apprenticeship lasted one day. He wrote about Dionysius as did Fenelon many years later.

The Metalogicon of John of Salisbury, by John of Salisbury d. 1180

Whoever tries to “thrust asunder what God has joined together” for the common good, should rightly be adjudged a public enemy. One who would eliminate the teaching of eloquence from philosophical studies, begrudges Mercury [Eloquence] his possession of Philology, and wrests from Philology’s arms her beloved Mercury. Although he may seem to attack eloquence alone, he undermines and uproots all liberal studies, assails the whole structure of philosophy, tears to shreds humanity’s social contract; and destroys the means of brotherly charity and reciprocal interchange of services.

Deprived of their gift of speech, men would degenerate to the condition of brute animals, and cities would seem like corrals for livestock, rather than communities composed of human beings united by a common bond for the purpose of living in society, serving one another, and cooperating as friends.

The Ascent of Mount Carmel, by St. John of the Cross Audio

The Dark Night of the Soul, by St. John of the Cross 1542-1591 Audio

St. John of the Cross (San Juan de la Cruz) was a Carmelite monk. He was a friend of St. Teresa of Avila, although they seldom met face to face; and like her, he was dedicated to bringing back the more rigorous old Carmelite rule for those who wished to follow it. His difficulties were even greater than hers, however, as at one point he was actually captured and imprisoned by some of his Carmelite brothers who didn’t like his ideas.

The Art 0f Dying Well, Robert Cardinal Bellarmine (1542-1621)

Galileo Galilei is considered the father of science. He was put under house arrest from 1634-Rotating_earth_(large)1642 where he continued to write contrary to the established order. He was tried and forced to repudiate what he had written. This is a librivox recording of his sentence and abjuration. Copernican vs. Ptolemaic Systems

Ductor Dubitantium: or, The rule of conscience in all her general measures, by Jeremy Taylor 1613-1667


An Inquiry Into the Final Cause of Natural Things, by Robert Boyle 1627-1691

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François de Salignac de La Mothe-Fenelon 1651-1715
Treatise on the Education of Daughters

The Soul, or Rational Psychology by Emanuel Swedenborg 1688-1772


Emile by Jean-Jacques Rousseau published in 1762 changed many people in the education industry as well as the political system makers.

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Live Free or Die, Desmoulins 1788

Desmoulins (March 2, 1760 – April 5, 1794) was a French journalist and politician


The Education of the Human Race, by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing 1729-1781


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The Posthumous Essays of John Churton Collins

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) and ending with Alfred, Lord Tennyson(1809-1892). He wrote the book in response to On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History, by Thomas Carlyle (1840).


The Art of Controversy 1831 by Arthur Schopenhauer 1788 – 1860



Leo Tolstoy1 828-1910, My Confession

Saint Simonism, by Orestes Brownson 1853

Orestes Augustus Brownson, 1803-1876, was an individual who wasn’t afraid to seek after truth. He was born in Vermont and died at Detroit. He was self-taught and tested what he learned. He was a Presbyterian then Universalist, became a socialist, then a Saint-Simonian, an author, a magazine editor, and then in 1844 a Catholic.

Letters from Hell, by Valdemar Adolph Thisted 1795-1855

The Everlasting Man by G.K. Chesterton
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G.K. Chesterton, English newspaper columnist, literary reviewer, and general character knew all about eccentricity and going against the mainstream. This 1925 book, the latest in a line of many previous portraits of great artists and famous historical figures, is his idiosyncratic look at the history of humanity and Jesus of Nazareth. (It’s also his response to H.G. Wells’ Outline of History.)


CS Lewis wrote The Pilgrim’s Regress in 1933. This is chapter 3 is about the 1920’s. Through Darkest Zeitgeistheim

Sigismund Enlightenment ‘your Island is like an imagination-isn’t it? … Have you ever-ever once yet-had a vision of the Island that did not end in brown girls? … What you wanted was to have them, and with them the satisfaction of feeling that you were good. Hence the Island…. The Island was the pretense that you put up to conceal your own lusts from yourself. Regress 46

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