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Hegel in 90 Minutes | [Paul Strathern]

Hegel in 90 Minutes

With Hegel, philosophy became very difficult indeed. His dialectical method produced the most grandiose metaphysical system known to man. Even Hegel conceded that "only one man understands me, and even he does not." Hegel's system included absolutely everything, but its most vital element was the dialectic of the thesis, antithesis, and synthesis. This method sprang from Hegel's ambition to overcome the deficiencies of logic and ascended toward mind as the ultimate reality.
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With Hegel, philosophy became very difficult indeed. His dialectical method produced the most grandiose metaphysical system known to man. Even Hegel conceded that "only one man understands me, and even he does not." Hegel's system included absolutely everything, but its most vital element was the dialectic of the thesis, antithesis, and synthesis. This method sprang from Hegel's ambition to overcome the deficiencies of logic and ascended toward mind as the ultimate reality. His view of history as a process of humanity's self-realization ultimately inspired Marx to synthesize his philosophy of dialectical materialism.

In Hegel in 90 Minutes, Paul Strathern offers a concise, expert account of Hegel'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 Hegel's work, a brief list of suggested readings for those who wish to delve deeper, and chronologies that place Hegel within his own age and in the broader scheme of philosophy.

©1997 Paul Strathern; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks

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"Well-written, clear, and informed, they have a breezy wit about them. I find them hard to stop reading." (The New York Times)

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    Thomas Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 10-22-05
    Thomas Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 10-22-05 Member Since 2005
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    "WWF Bodyslam on Hegel"

    The author of this book I think does not take the time to carefully examine Hegel's contributions and to grasp his influence. He concentrates instead on criticizing Hegel, to the point where one wonders whether the author's intent is really to help the reader understand Hegel or just to see how cleverly he can insult him. For example, he spends rather a lot of attention for such a short book on Hegel's affair with his landlady - why?

    I like a good poke at a pompous figure, and I have no special love for Hegel, but when I buy a book like this I hope for some insights even in the midst of criticism, and I expect the author to help me gain some clarity on the subject. Instead I got a crude body slam.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Alan dekalb, IL, USA 03-27-06
    Alan dekalb, IL, USA 03-27-06
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    "A body slam is too much effort"

    This is more like a slap in the face. The writer is more interested in pulling off the cynical tone that Fitzgerald criticizes in This Side of Paradise. How useful is this review if you haven't read Fitzgerald? About as useful as this book is to illuminating Hegel if you haven't read Hegel. Stay away.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis 06-25-14
    Dennis 06-25-14
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    "don't waste your money"
    What would have made Hegel in 90 Minutes better?

    The author could decrease the snark. Saying that Hegel "bamboozled" his lecture audiences in Berlin tells me nothing. Saying that some of the long sentences in his work are "gobbledeegook" tells me nothing about Hegel and something about the author.


    What could Paul Strathern have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Have some genuine interest in the subject matter.


    What three words best describe Robert Whitfield’s performance?

    just fine


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Hegel in 90 Minutes?

    n/a


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your money. If you are interested to understand Hegel this work IS NOT going to help at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Pittsburgh, PA, United States 02-26-14
    Jennifer Pittsburgh, PA, United States 02-26-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Too much bias"
    What disappointed you about Hegel in 90 Minutes?

    I was hoping for something more straightforward and less opinionated, with more content and less skewed commentary. The author clearly has personal opinions about Hegel that obscure and color the text, and not many of Hegel's actual ideas are presented.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Paul Strathern again?

    Probably not.


    What three words best describe Robert Whitfield’s performance?

    Excellent, engaging


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Annoyance, disappointment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L Mark Higgins Rancho Santa Margarita, CA United States 08-01-12
    L Mark Higgins Rancho Santa Margarita, CA United States 08-01-12 Member Since 2005
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    "In 90 Minutes Series overview"

    If you could sum up Hegel in 90 Minutes in three words, what would they be?
    aka Cliff Notes

    Would you recommend Nietzsche 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.

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