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James P. Oliver

http://osopher.wordpress.com/2009/11/05/celebrate/

Nashville, TN USA | Member Since 2004

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  • The Problems with Philosophy

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bertrand Russell
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (39)

    The Problems of Philosophy discusses Bertrand Russell's views on philosophy and the problems that arise in the field. Russell's views focus on knowledge rather than the metaphysical realm of philosophy. The Problems with Philosophy revolves around the central question that Russell asks in his opening line of Chapter 1 - Is there any knowledge in the world which is so certain that no reasonable man could doubt it?

    aaron says: "Not a first foray into philosophy"
    ""OF" - not "WITH"!"
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    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Problems with Philosophy in three words, what would they be?

    Good philosophical introduction


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Russell himself, quite the "character"...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I always enjoy his attacks on pragmatists like me. He misunderstands and is unsympathetic to our view, but in a highly entertaining fashion.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    You could, but if you're philosophically inclined you'll want to come back to it again.


    Any additional comments?

    Russell had his prejudices and blind-spots, and I prefer his popular essays ("Why I Am Not a Christian" etc.) and his book "Conquest of Happiness." But this is still great.

    [In an earlier "review" I complained intemperately about the title error, listed initially on the audible site as "Problems With Philosophy"... don't know if that was somebody's idea of a joke or just a slip. I'm not even sure I didn't slip myself, and complain about the wrong "pronoun" when of course I meant "preposition". Anyway, as Russell would point out: to err is only human.]

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Metaphysical Club

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Louis Menand
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    Hardly a club in the conventional sense, the organization referred to in the title of this superb literary hybrid (part history, part biography, part philosophy) consisted of four members and probably existed for less than nine months.

    Victoria says: "The Great American Experiment"
    "a wonderful book, but..."
    Overall

    Charles Sanders Peirce's name rhymes with "purse," not "fierce." The consistent mispronunciation on this recording is unfortunate, because Menand's book redresses a gaping hole in Americans' consciousness of their own philosophical heritage. Imagine Greeks ignorant of Plato or French of Descartes: such is the state of popular awareness regarding our own Big Thinkers Peirce, William James, John Dewey, and others. So: 5 stars for the book, 3 for the recording (which will put off those who've heard of CSP, and misinform the rest).

    18 of 20 people found this review helpful

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