Audio Publications

Alphabetical by Title:

“Egoism in Nietzsche and Rand”

Audio version in [mp3] or at [YouTube] [101 minutes].
The original print essay [pdf] published in The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies 10:2, Spring 2009, 249-291.

Explaining Postmodernism:
Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault

Chapter One: “What Postmodernism Is” [mp3] [YouTube]
Chapter Two: “The Counter-Enlightenment Attack on Reason” [mp3] [YouTube]
Chapter Three: “The Twentieth-Century Collapse of Reason” [mp3] [YouTube]
Chapter Four: “The Climate of Collectivism” [mp3] [YouTube]
Chapter Five: “The Crisis of Socialism” [mp3] [YouTube]
Chapter Six: “Postmodern Strategy” [mp3] [YouTube]
Information about other editions and translations here.

“From the Office of the Reproducer-General”

Satire: [YouTube] or audio here [MP3]:

“Global Problems Are Too Big for Little Kids”

My 1991 article in The Wall Street Journal about neither indoctrinating nor overloading children.
Online in text [pdf] and audio: [mp3].

Nietzsche and the Nazis

Part 1. Introduction: Philosophy and History [MP3] [YouTube]
Part 2. Explaining Nazism Philosophically [MP3] [YouTube]
Part 3. National Socialist Philosophy [MP3] [YouTube]
Part 4. The Nazis in Power [MP3] [YouTube]
Part 5. Nietzsche’s Life and Influence [MP3] [YouTube]
Part 6. Nietzsche against the Nazis[MP3] [YouTube]
Part 7. Nietzsche as a Proto-Nazi [MP3] [YouTube]
Part 8. Conclusion: Nazi and Anti-Nazi Philosophies [MP3] [YouTube]
Information about other editions and translations here.

Review essay on Donald Frey’s America’s Economic Moralists: A History of Rival Ethics and Economics (SUNY Press, 2009)

Audio version in MP3 format or at YouTube.
Original print review published in Business Ethics Quarterly 22.1 (2012), 186-193.

Review of Kevin Gibson’s Ethics and Business: An Introduction (Cambridge University Press, 2007)

Audio version in MP3 or at YouTube.
Original print version published in the Spring 2010 issue of Teaching Philosophy. Here is a PDF of the review.

Review of David Kelley’s The Evidence of the Senses (LSU Press, 1986)

Audio version in MP3 format or at YouTube.
Original review published in Auslegung in 1989.

Review of Tara Smith’s Ayn Rand’s Normative Ethics: The Virtuous Egoist (Cambridge University Press, 2006)

Audio version in MP3 format or at YouTube.
Review originally published in Philosophy in Review. Here is a PDF version of the original print edition.

“What Business Ethics Can Learn from Entrepreneurship”

Audio edition in MP3 format or at YouTube.
Original 2009 print essay [pdf] published in Journal of Private Enterprise.

“What Entrepreneurs Can Teach Us All About Life”

Interviewed by Charlie Turner at The Wall Street Journal‘s site. Based on my article “What Entrepreneurs Can Teach Us All About Life.” From the article:

“We often think of entrepreneurs as larger-than-life characters. They take big risks. They make their own rules. They innovate and experiment, questioning things everybody else takes for granted.
“It can almost seem like entrepreneurs are a breed apart. But they’re not. All of us are born with the ability to take risks, think creatively and challenge the everyday way of doing things. …”

9 thoughts on “Audio Publications

  • May 31, 2017 at 4:18 am

    Dear Professor Hicks,

    I am a translator, journalist and trained neuroscientist from Berlin (Germany). I am currently reading your book „Explaining Postmodernism” and I find it utterly enlightening about the developments I see in German academia and public debate. As a bilingual English/German translator I wondered, whether there already existed a translation for German readers. From your website it appears that no such effort has been made yet.

    I am certain, that the issues surrounding the growing the acceptance of relativist thought at universities, would make a German translation very valuable to people from many different wakes of life. So I am writing to ask, whether you would support a translation into German and if yes under what terms.

    With best wishes

    Dr. Christian Honey

  • June 6, 2017 at 10:42 am

    The links for both the pdf and the mp3 for the essay “Global Problems Are Too Big for Little Kids” appear to be broken. I would love to be able to read the essay if possible.

  • June 24, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Professor Hicks,
    Your PDF and Youtube information on Post Modernism are simply *excellent*. Thank you for clarify this very confusing and important topic

    Boston, MA

  • June 27, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    I have enjoyed “Explaining Postmodernism” and “Nietzsche and the Nazis” very much, thanks for making them available.

    The youtube link to “Egoism in Nietzsche and Rand” is broken. Parts 1 and 2 are available at and

    (Their combined length is 101 minutes and 23 seconds, which when rounded to the nearest whole minute matches the “101 minutes” near your link, so I assume their combined content matches the no-longer-available video.)

  • June 27, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    Thanks for the comment, Jonas, and the updated links.

  • August 8, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    I want to thank you Mr. Hicks for your brilliant book/dvd “Nietzsche & the Nazis”. I have consumed countless books, documentaries, dvd, speeches about the Nazis and your dvd I purchased was by far intellectually superior to everything else I’ve seen or read. You do not talk down to your audience, which is very rare. Also you talk to your audience like they are intelligent, moral people who don’t need to be beaten over the head with adjectives and over use of telling us that the Nazis were evil. With Hitler & the Nazis we are supposed to believe they were born evil, set out to do evil & accomplished their goals of doing evil. That type of thinking should be left to the cartoons for children. As you say the Nazis were not intellectual lightweights. I was an amateur in learning about Nietzsche and you really expanded my knowledge of the great man. Your comparisons of Nietzsche to the Nazis were fair & poignant. I’m curious to know have you ever been attacked by supposed “civil rights groups”/ thought police for your depiction of the Nazis of men & not demons? Your work should be seen as a basic text for high school & college students trying to learn about WWII & F.Nietzsche. Its a shame such few, noble men like yourself exist in the literary world. Thank you my friend.

  • August 9, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Thanks a lot for the highly positive response, Kevin. Yes, lots of negative blowback from various segments, but that’s part of the jobs, so to speak. : )

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