The Great Books | 3 October 2023 | 0h 34m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Donald J. Boudreaux discussing Adam Smith’s book, The Wealth of Nations. Discusses how the book synthesised a body of principles around the benefits of free markets and free domestic and international trade; inspired those who followed after him in what became the field of economics; and where it fits into intellectual history.
See also other episodes on Adam Smith.
The Great Books | 15 December 2020 | 0h 33m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Rob Iliffe about Isaac Newton’s The Principia. Describes how the Principia transformed natural philosophy, introduced the concept of universal gravitation, put mathematics and measurement at the heart of science, and laid the foundations for classical physics.
The Great Books | 18 June 2019 | 0h 31m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Lorraine Murphy discussing the plots, social criticism, characters and themes of Jane Austen’s novel Sense and Sensibility.
The Great Books | 10 July 2018 | 0h 31m | Listen Later
Interview with Andrew Latham of Macalester College about Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War, a book with enduring insight on the human condition, especially with regard to politics and war.
The Great Books | 1 May 2018 | 0h 29m | Listen Later
Interview with Kelly Scott Franklin about Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, which challenges us to evaluate our lives and what is most important.