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L Mark Higgins

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Wittgenstein in 90 Minutes

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 13 mins)
    • By Paul Strathern
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    "If we accept Wittgenstein's word for it," Paul Strathern writes, "he is the last philosopher. In his view, philosophy in the traditional sense was finished."

    Joseph says: "Hatchet Job"
    "In 90 Minutes Series overview"
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    If you could sum up Wittgenstein in 90 Minutes in three words, what would they be?
    aka Cliff Notes

    Would you recommend Wittgenstein in 90 Minutes to your friends? Why or why not?
    Yes - I've listened to each book in the series about a major philosopher that is available on Audible. Strathern's books don't have the analytical depth found in Will Durant's "The Story of Philosophy" books, but he does a good job summarizing each philosopher's biography, major philosophical points, and criticisms. Additionally, Strathern's breadth is broader than Durant's in that he covers a greater number of philosophers. I believe that the time spent listening to these books has been well-spent.

    My reviews for each book in the series about a philosopher are identical.

    What about Robert Whitfield’s performance did you like?
    Voice is clear, well-modulated, and easily understood, even at 1 1/2 speed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas Aquinas in 90 Minutes

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 22 mins)
    • By Paul Strathern
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    We see our age as the greatest in human history, filled with seemingly unending originality. Yet such dynamism is not a necessary characteristic of great eras. Among the most long-lasting and stable civilizations was that of medieval Europe. There stasis was achieved, and with it a stability that permitted the development of structured thought and intellectual embellishment of unparalleled degree.

    Ron C says: "A mixed bag"
    "In 90 Minutes Series overview"
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    If you could sum up Thomas Aquinas in 90 Minutes in three words, what would they be?
    aka Cliff Notes

    Would you recommend Thomas Aquinas in 90 Minutes to your friends? Why or why not?
    Yes - I've listened to each book in the series about a major philosopher that is available on Audible. Strathern's books don't have the analytical depth found in Will Durant's "The Story of Philosophy" books, but he does a good job summarizing each philosopher's biography, major philosophical points, and criticisms. Additionally, Strathern's breadth is broader than Durant's in that he covers a greater number of philosophers. I believe that the time spent listening to these books has been well-spent.

    My reviews for each book in the series about a philosopher are identical.

    What about Robert Whitfield’s performance did you like?
    Voice is clear, well-modulated, and easily understood, even at 1 1/2 speed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aristotle in 90 Minutes

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Paul Strathern
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    Aristotle wrote on everything from the shape of seashells to sterility, from speculations on the nature of the soul to meteorology, poetry, art, and even the interpretation of dreams. Apart from mathematics, he transformed every field of knowledge that he touched. Above all, Aristotle is credited with the founding of logic. When he first divided human knowledge into separate categories, he enabled our understanding of the world to develop in a systematic fashion.

    L Mark Higgins says: "In 90 Minutes Series overview"
    "In 90 Minutes Series overview"
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    If you could sum up Aristotle in 90 Minutes in three words, what would they be?
    aka Cliff Notes

    Would you recommend Aristotle in 90 Minutes to your friends? Why or why not?
    Yes - I've listened to each book in the series about a major philosopher that is available on Audible. Strathern's books don't have the analytical depth found in Will Durant's "The Story of Philosophy" books, but he does a good job summarizing each philosopher's biography, major philosophical points, and criticisms. Additionally, Strathern's breadth is broader than Durant's in that he covers a greater number of philosophers. I believe that the time spent listening to these books has been well-spent.

    My reviews for each book in the series about a philosopher are identical.

    What about Robert Whitfield’s performance did you like?
    Voice is clear, well-modulated, and easily understood, even at 1 1/2 speed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • St. Augustine in 90 Minutes

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 13 mins)
    • By Paul Strathern
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (29)
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    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    In St. Augustine in 90 Minutes, Paul Strathern offers a concise, expert account of St. Augustine's life and ideas and explains their influence on man's struggle to understand his existence in the world. The book also includes selections from St. Augustine's work, a brief list of suggested readings for those who wish to delve deeper, and chronologies that place St. Augustine within his own age and in the broader scheme of philosophy.

    L Mark Higgins says: "In 90 Minutes Series overview"
    "In 90 Minutes Series overview"
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    If you could sum up St. Augustine in 90 Minutes in three words, what would they be?
    aka Cliff Notes

    Would you recommend St. Augustine in 90 Minutes to your friends? Why or why not?
    Yes - I've listened to each book in the series about a major philosopher that is available on Audible. Strathern's books don't have the analytical depth found in Will Durant's "The Story of Philosophy" books, but he does a good job summarizing each philosopher's biography, major philosophical points, and criticisms. Additionally, Strathern's breadth is broader than Durant's in that he covers a greater number of philosophers. I believe that the time spent listening to these books has been well-spent.

    My reviews for each book in the series about a philosopher are identical.

    What about Robert Whitfield’s performance did you like?
    Voice is clear, well-modulated, and easily understood, even at 1 1/2 speed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Plato in 90 Minutes

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 13 mins)
    • By Paul Strathern
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    In an age when philosophers had scarcely glimpsed the horizons of the mind, a boy named Aristocles decided to forgo his ambitions as a wrestler. Adopting the nickname Plato, he embarked instead on a life in philosophy. In 387 B.C. he founded the Academy, the world's first university, and taught his students that all we see is not reality but merely a reproduction of the true source. And in his famous Republic he described the politics of "the highest form of state."

    Prudence says: "A wonderful summary - concise and interesting."
    "In 90 Minutes Series overview"
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    If you could sum up Plato in 90 Minutes in three words, what would they be?
    aka Cliff Notes

    Would you recommend Plato in 90 Minutes to your friends? Why or why not?
    Yes - I've listened to each book in the series about a major philosopher that is available on Audible. Strathern's books don't have the analytical depth found in Will Durant's "The Story of Philosophy" books, but he does a good job summarizing each philosopher's biography, major philosophical points, and criticisms. Additionally, Strathern's breadth is broader than Durant's in that he covers a greater number of philosophers. I believe that the time spent listening to these books has been well-spent.

    My reviews for each book in the series about a philosopher are identical.

    What about Robert Whitfield’s performance did you like?
    Voice is clear, well-modulated, and easily understood, even at 1 1/2 speed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Descartes in 90 Minutes

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 13 mins)
    • By Paul Strathern
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (33)
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    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Rene Descartes spent most of his childhood in solitude, a situation that also came to characterize his adult life. Fortunately, these countless lonely hours helped Descartes produce the declaration that changed all philosophy: "I think, therefore I am." Eventually convincing himself to doubt and disregard sensory knowledge, Descartes found he could prove his existence through his thoughts. This internal information, he believed, was the true reality and external forces were hopelessly deceiving.

    L Mark Higgins says: "In 90 Minutes Series overview"
    "In 90 Minutes Series overview"
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    If you could sum up Descartes in 90 Minutes in three words, what would they be?
    aka Cliff Notes

    Would you recommend Descartes in 90 Minutes to your friends? Why or why not?
    Yes - I've listened to each book in the series about a major philosopher that is available on Audible. Strathern's books don't have the analytical depth found in Will Durant's "The Story of Philosophy" books, but he does a good job summarizing each philosopher's biography, major philosophical points, and criticisms. Additionally, Strathern's breadth is broader than Durant's in that he covers a greater number of philosophers. I believe that the time spent listening to these books has been well-spent.

    My reviews for each book in the series about a philosopher are identical.

    What about Robert Whitfield’s performance did you like?
    Voice is clear, well-modulated, and easily understood, even at 1 1/2 speed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Socrates in 90 Minutes

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Paul Strathern
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
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    (48)
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    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Just a century after it had begun, philosophy entered its greatest age with the appearance of Socrates, who spent so much of his time talking about philosophy on the streets of Athens that he never got around to writing anything down. His method of aggressive questioning, called dialectic, was the forerunner of logic; he used it to cut through the twaddle of his adversaries and arrive at the truth. Rather than questioning the world, he believed, we would be better off questioning ourselves.

    Teddy says: "I thought it was OK"
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    If you could sum up Socrates in 90 Minutes in three words, what would they be?
    aka Cliff Notes

    Would you recommend Socrates in 90 Minutes to your friends? Why or why not?
    Yes - I've listened to each book in the series about a major philosopher that is available on Audible. Strathern's books don't have the analytical depth found in Will Durant's "The Story of Philosophy" books, but he does a good job summarizing each philosopher's biography, major philosophical points, and criticisms. Additionally, Strathern's breadth is broader than Durant's in that he covers a greater number of philosophers. I believe that the time spent listening to these books has been well-spent.

    My reviews for each book in the series about a philosopher are identical.

    What about Robert Whitfield’s performance did you like?
    Voice is clear, well-modulated, and easily understood, even at 1 1/2 speed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kant in 90 Minutes

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 20 mins)
    • By Paul Strathern
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
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    (50)
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    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    Immanuel Kant taught and wrote prolifically about physical geography yet never traveled further than forty miles from his home in Kvnigsberg. How appropriate it is then that in his philosophy he should deny that all knowledge was derived from experience. He insisted that all experience must conform to knowledge. According to Kant, space and time are subjective; along with various "categories," they help us to see the phenomena of the world, though never its true reality.

    Jacques Ray says: "Kant lite"
    "In 90 Minutes Series overview"
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    If you could sum up Kant in 90 Minutes in three words, what would they be?
    aka Cliff Notes

    Would you recommend Kant in 90 Minutes to your friends? Why or why not?
    Yes - I've listened to each book in the series about a major philosopher that is available on Audible. Strathern's books don't have the analytical depth found in Will Durant's "The Story of Philosophy" books, but he does a good job summarizing each philosopher's biography, major philosophical points, and criticisms. Additionally, Strathern's breadth is broader than Durant's in that he covers a greater number of philosophers. I believe that the time spent listening to these books has been well-spent.

    My reviews for each book in the series about a philosopher are identical.

    What about Robert Whitfield’s performance did you like?
    Voice is clear, well-modulated, and easily understood, even at 1 1/2 speed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rousseau in 90 Minutes

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 28 mins)
    • By Paul Strathern
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (14)
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    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    In Rousseau we encounter a walking ego, naked sensibility. Feeling triumphs over intellectual argument in his works, which are both deeply stirring and deeply inconsistent. Yet while his contemporaries Kant and Hume may have been superior academic philosophers, the sheer power of Rousseau's ideas was unequaled in his time. It was he who encouraged the introduction of both liberty and irrationality into the public domain.

    L Mark Higgins says: "In 90 Minutes Series overview"
    "In 90 Minutes Series overview"
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    If you could sum up Rousseau in 90 Minutes in three words, what would they be?
    aka Cliff Notes

    Would you recommend Rousseau in 90 Minutes to your friends? Why or why not?
    Yes - I've listened to each book in the series about a major philosopher that is available on Audible. Strathern's books don't have the analytical depth found in Will Durant's "The Story of Philosophy" books, but he does a good job summarizing each philosopher's biography, major philosophical points, and criticisms. Additionally, Strathern's breadth is broader than Durant's in that he covers a greater number of philosophers. I believe that the time spent listening to these books has been well-spent.

    My reviews for each book in the series about a philosopher are identical.

    What about Robert Whitfield’s performance did you like?
    Voice is clear, well-modulated, and easily understood, even at 1 1/2 speed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Schopenhauer in 90 Minutes

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Paul Strathern
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (26)
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    (11)
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    (11)

    Schopenhauer, the "philosopher of pessimism", makes it very plain that he regards the world and our life in it as a bad joke. But if the world is indifferent to our fate, it doesn't thwart us on purpose. The world's facade is supported by what Schopenhauer calls the Universal Will, blind and without purpose. This Will brings on all our misery and suffering; our only hope is to liberate ourselves from its power and from the trappings of individualism and egoism that are at its mercy.

    L Mark Higgins says: "In 90 Minutes Series overview"
    "In 90 Minutes Series overview"
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    If you could sum up Schopenhauer in 90 Minutes in three words, what would they be?
    aka Cliff Notes

    Would you recommend Schopenhauer in 90 Minutes to your friends? Why or why not?
    Yes - I've listened to each book in the series about a major philosopher that is available on Audible. Strathern's books don't have the analytical depth found in Will Durant's "The Story of Philosophy" books, but he does a good job summarizing each philosopher's biography, major philosophical points, and criticisms. Additionally, Strathern's breadth is broader than Durant's in that he covers a greater number of philosophers. I believe that the time spent listening to these books has been well-spent.

    My reviews for each book in the series about a philosopher are identical.

    What about Robert Whitfield’s performance did you like?
    Voice is clear, well-modulated, and easily understood, even at 1 1/2 speed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heidegger in 90 Minutes

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 27 mins)
    • By Paul Strathern
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    One of the two major philosophical traditions of the twentieth century was linguistic analysis, derived largely from Wittgenstein. The other, diametrically opposed, came from Heidegger, and its fundamental question was, "What is the meaning of existence?" For Heidegger, this question could not simply be "analyzed away". It was beyond the reach of logic or reason. It was the primary "given" of every individual life. To confront it, Heidegger needed to develop an entire new form of philosophy.

    Michael says: "Less isn't more"
    "In 90 Minutes Series overview"
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    If you could sum up Heidegger in 90 Minutes in three words, what would they be?
    aka Cliff Notes

    Would you recommend Heidegger in 90 Minutes to your friends? Why or why not?
    Yes - I've listened to each book in the series about a major philosopher that is available on Audible. Strathern's books don't have the analytical depth found in Will Durant's "The Story of Philosophy" books, but he does a good job summarizing each philosopher's biography, major philosophical points, and criticisms. Additionally, Strathern's breadth is broader than Durant's in that he covers a greater number of philosophers. I believe that the time spent listening to these books has been well-spent.

    My reviews for each book in the series about a philosopher are identical.

    What about Robert Whitfield’s performance did you like?
    Voice is clear, well-modulated, and easily understood, even at 1 1/2 speed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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