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    • Nietzsche: Philosophy in an Hour

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Philosophy has always been dangerous for philosophers; Friedrich Nietzsche made it dangerous for everyone. His ideas presaged a collective madness which was to ravage Europe throughout the first half of the 20th century, drawing a chilling parallel with the insanity that gripped Nietzsche towards the end of his life. His philosophy is one of aphorisms and penetrating psychological insights, his major concept being the Will to Power - a notion that he saw as the basic impulse for all our acts. Viewing Christianity as a subtle perversion of this concept Nietzsche is famous for his pronouncement that ‘God is dead’.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointed

    • By Kuleshov on 14-01-17

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    • Bertrand Russell: Philosophy in an Hour

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
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    Philosophy for busy people. Listen to a succinct account of the philosophy of Russell in just one hour. Bertrand Russell claimed to be driven by three great passions that drove his personal as well as his intellectual life: a longing for love, a quest for knowledge and a heart-rending pity for human suffering. His philosophical outlook, which took deep account of the science of his time, was nonetheless rooted in logic and empiricism.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting background to Russell.

    • By Amazon Customer on 19-04-17

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    • Hume: Philosophy in an Hour

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 1 hr and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Philosophy for busy people. Listen to a succinct account of the philosophy of Hume in just one hour.Hume reduced philosophy to ruins, denying the existence of everything except our actual perceptions themselves. The world is nothing more than part of my consciousness. Yet we know the world remains, and we go on as before. What Hume expressed was the status of our knowledge about the world – a world in which neither religion nor science is certain.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Hume The Scottish Phiosopher Who Changed the World

    • By colin monteith on 02-08-18

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    • Marx: Philosophy in an Hour

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Karl Marx's philosophical critique of capitalism and his solution of communism directly led to the formation of the communist state in the Soviet Union. Whilst this great venture has now all but completely failed, Marx’s philosophy has proved to be arguably the most influential of the 20th century; the influence of Marxism can be seen in subjects as diverse as the infamous policies of Joseph Stalin to many of the progressive humanitarian reforms of the 20th century. The audiobook is an expert account of Marx’s life and philosophical ideas - entertainingly written and above all easy listening.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Marx in an hour

    • By tim on 26-07-16

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    • Sartre: Philosophy in an Hour

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 1 hr and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 51
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    Following on from the incredible online success of the History in an Hour titles - now there’s a philosophy series for busy people, on the go. Listen to a succinct account of the philosophy of Sartre in just one hour. Here is a concise, expert account of Jean-Paul Sartre’s life and philosophical ideas in this short audiobook. Entertainingly written and easy to listen to - this also includes selections from Jean-Paul Sartre’s work with suggested further reading, and chronologies that place Sartre in the context of the broader scheme of philosophy.

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    • Schopenhauer: Philosophy in an Hour

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
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    Philosophy for busy people. Listen to a succinct account of the philosophy of Schopenhauer in just one hour.Arthur Schopenhauer, the ‘philosopher of pessimism,’ makes it clear that he regards the world and our life in it as a bad joke. However, if the world is indifferent to our fate it doesn’t thwart us deliberately – its façade is supported by what Schopenhauer calls the universal Will. He saw this as a force that is blind and without purpose, bringing on all our misery and suffering.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Diatribe

    • By Richard Fairley on 09-08-17

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    • Descartes: Philosophy in an Hour

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
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    Philosophy for busy people. Listen to this succinct account of the philosophy of Descartes in just one hour. Descartes was the first modern philosopher. His scepticism led him to doubt all certainties, until finally he arrived at his famous maxim 'I think therefore I am'. He would also apply his rationalism with great effect in science and mathematics, conceiving a scheme for scientific method and inventing Cartesian co-ordinates in geometry.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent

    • By Bapir on 10-07-15

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    • Plato: Philosophy in an Hour

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 92
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    Philosophy for busy people. Listen to this succinct account of the philosophy of Plato in just one hour. Plato is still seen by many as the greatest of all philosophers, inspiring many of the finest thinkers through the ages. Indeed, many see all later philosophy as nothing but attempts to answer the questions he raised. He founded the Academy, the world’s first university, in 387 BC and taught that the physical world is not reality but rather a reproduction of the true source.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good introduction for beginners to Philosophy.

    • By Matt on 28-07-15

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    • Foucault: Philosophy in an Hour

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Philosophy for busy people. Listen to a succinct account of the philosophy of Foucault in just one hour. The French philosopher Michel Foucault set about his task rather like a historian. After painstaking research, he concluded that knowledge and power were intimately related throughout history.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting but...

    • By Joanna on 10-11-16

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    • Machiavelli: Philosophy in an Hour

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
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    Philosophy for busy people. Listen to this succinct account of the philosophy of Machiavelli in just one hour. Niccolò Machiavelli’s work remains misunderstood - synonymous with wicked scheming and underhand politics - nearly 350 years after his death. His philosophy of statecraft was scientific and highly rational, leaving sentiment, and ultimately morality, to one side.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent

    • By Bapir on 10-07-15

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    • Kant: Philosophy in an Hour

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Philosophy for busy people. Listen to this succinct account of the philosophy of Kant in just one hour. Immanuel Kant taught and wrote prolifically about physical geography yet never travelled farther than forty miles from his home in Königsberg. Appropriately, his philosophy strenuously denies that all knowledge is derived from experience, insisting instead that all experience must conform to knowledge. Kant’s aim was to restore metaphysics.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good Intro to Kant

    • By Amazon Customer on 11-07-18

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    • Aristotle: Philosophy in an Hour

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Philosophy for busy people. Listen to this succinct account of the philosophy of Aristotle in just one hour. The philosophy of Aristotle dominated Western thought for over a thousand years. He had a mind that mastered all disciplines from mathematics to politics and had a continuing impact on every sphere of knowledge he touched. Above all, Aristotle is credited with the founding of logic.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent like a lecture

    • By Claire Fenwick on 19-07-18

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    • J.S. Mill: Philosophy in an Hour

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Jonthan Keeble
    • Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
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    John Stuart Mill is remembered today as the leading exponent of Utilitarianism, arguing that our aim in life must be the attainment of pleasure and the minimizing of pain for the majority of people. The principle that lies at the heart of Utilitarianism is "the greatest benefit of the greatest number" - an idea that perhaps seems self-evident today but one that was seen as radical within Mill’s own time. This central idea has become the unspoken founding principle of our modern way of life in the free Western democracies. This audiobook is an expert account of J.S. Mill’s life and philosophical ideas.

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    • Wittgenstein: Philosophy in an Hour

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Philosophy for busy people. Listen to this succinct account of the philosophy of Wittgenstein in just one hour. Ludwig Wittgenstein saw himself as ‘the last philosopher’. In his view, philosophy in the traditional sense was finished. A superb logician, Wittgenstein distrusted language and sought to solve the problems of philosophy by reducing them to the purest form of logic. Everything else - metaphysics, aesthetics, ethics, finally even philosophy itself - was excluded.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • sassy but balanced

    • By ls822 on 11-07-18

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    • Rousseau: Philosophy in an Hour

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Philosophy for busy people. Listen to this succinct account of the philosophy of Rousseau in just one hour. In Rousseau we encounter a walking ego, a naked sensibility - his arguments are both deeply stirring and deeply inconsistent. Yet whilst his contemporaries Kant and Hume may have been superior academic philosophers, the sheer power of Rousseau’s ideas was unequalled in his time. It was he who encouraged the introduction of both liberty and irrationality into the public domain, lamenting how ‘man is born free but everywhere he is in chains’. This audiobook is an expert account of Rousseau’s life and philosophical ideas - entertainingly written and above all easy to listen to. Also included are selections from Rousseau’s work, suggested further reading, and chronologies that place Rousseau in the context of the broader scheme of philosophy.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • insightful

    • By Eager on 19-04-16

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    • Locke: Philosophy in an Hour

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Philosophy for busy people. Listen to this succinct account of the philosophy of Locke in just one hour. Much of Locke’s thought we would now regard as common sense. One of the most influential of Enlightenment thinkers; his philosophy was to lay the foundations of empiricism with its belief that our knowledge of the world is based on experience. Locke’s work introduced the idea of liberal democracy – a concept that has become the shibboleth of Western civilisation.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Locke is boring says Strathern

    • By Mr. A. N. Wood on 10-04-17

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    • St Augustine: Philosophy in an Hour

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Augustine’s Confessions details his personal struggles with morality, his spiritual crisis and the conversion to Christianity that ultimately led him to his major contribution to philosophy: the fusion of the doctrines of Christianity and Neoplatonism. This provided Christianity with a strong intellectual backing by tying it to the Greek tradition of philosophy. Augustine also produced important philosophic ideas of his own, including theories of time and subjective knowledge that anticipated by many centuries the work of Kant and Descartes.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Hilarious delivery

    • By belinda on 19-04-16

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    • Socrates: Philosophy in an Hour

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Philosophy for busy people. Listen to this succinct account of the philosophy of Socrates in just one hour. Socrates is widely renowned as one of the founders of Western philosophy, despite the fact that his ideas survive largely through the work of his pupil Plato. Socrates’ dialectic – a method of aggressive questioning – was the forerunner of logic; he used it to cut through the pretentions of his adversaries and arrive at the truth.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Anachronistic and Over-Simplified

    • By David Moodie on 06-06-16

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    • Derrida: Philosophy in an Hour

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Philosophy for busy people. Listen to this succinct account of the philosophy of Derrida in just one hour. Jacques Derrida’s ‘deconstructionism’ is nothing less than an effort to destroy all ‘writing’ by demonstrating its inevitable falsehood. The writer writes but does not know what he is writing. Derrida argues that all texts have their own hidden agenda and contain their own metaphysical assumptions – the writer’s very language inevitably distorts what he thinks and writes.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved it

    • By Amazon Customer on 27-06-18

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    • Kierkegaard: Philosophy in an Hour

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Philosophy for busy people. Listen to a succinct account of the philosophy of Kierkegaard in just one hour.Although Kierkegaard was not a philosopher in the academic sense, he produced what many people expect of philosophy. He didn’t write about the world, he wrote about life – how we live and how we choose to live, particularly focussing on the individual and the notion of his (or her) existence.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very good

    • By Christopher on 13-12-13

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