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Summary

Moby-Dick as Philosophy is at base a chapter-by-chapter commentary on Herman Melville’s masterwork, Moby-Dick. The commentary form of the audiobook subserves a higher end, the presentation of an ideal of the type "philosopher". Superimposing portraits of Plato, Melville, and Nietzsche - the thinkers themselves, their ideas, and their lives - it generates a composite image from the overlaying and interblending of figures. 

At a higher level still, the audiobook is a meditation on the nature of philosophy and its relation to wisdom and the relation of creative artistry to both. It explores these themes in the context of the history of philosophy conceived as the rise and fall of a certain influential variety of Platonism - in Nietzschean terms, the life and death of God - and it proceeds with reference to the different reactions, as exemplified particularly by Melville and Nietzsche, to the nihilism that looms on the horizon of these intellectual and spiritual revolutions.

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  • Linda
  • 28-12-18

Terrible Narration

I love Moby Dick and was excited to see this. I have liked mist of the content however it is ruined by the distracting, poor narration. Many of the sentences are long and complex and this narrator’s performance can’t handle them correctly. The inflections, pauses,and incorrect accent make it hard to understand. I would recommend reading a print copy as I plan to do. Some of the worst narration I’ve ever heard.

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  • leRenard
  • 23-09-19

This book answered many questions.

Moby Dick is a (philosophical) colossus and this books is a real helper to anybody struggling with the whale. Each chapter of this American classic is analyzed - just spot on. Highly recommended.

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  • CityChicken
  • 22-09-19

engrossing

I listened to the sample provided with the audio version of the book several times to make sure I was compatible with the narrator. I've never read Moby Dick. I haven't even read much philosophy. For some reason I couldn't stop coming back to the sample, but felt unwilling to commit to an 18 hr length book on tape about Moby Dick and philosophy.

Finally, after listening to the sample for the 20th time, I admitted it was what my heart wanted. My motivation's aren't that obscure. The narrator goes at an excellent speed, the prose are compelling, and the story is engrossing. Now I have to read Moby Dick in text form, and I couldn't be more excited.

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  • Keith Pajot
  • 04-03-21

Not enough Melville

More about Plato and Nietzsche than Melville who seemed an afterthought. Not recommended for reader interested in Melville. I'm going to try and exchange it for Why Read Moby Dick.