In Kierkegaard in 90 Minutes, Paul Strathern offers a concise, expert account of Kierkegaard's life and ideas and explains their influence on man's struggle to understand his existence in the world.
©1996 Paul Strathern; (P)2003 Blackstone Audiobooks
Strathern provides a straightforward introduction to Kierkegaard, blending his philosophical development with the strange emotional trials and tribulations he suffered throughout his life. Strathern does best with Kierkegaard's struggles with the meaning of existence and nothingness and makes strong connections between Kierkegaard and Hegel, particularly the former's use of the dialectic between the aesthetic and the ethical that leads to Kiergegaard's famous leap of faith and the primacy of a subjective interpretation of the world. Of course, Strathern can only skate over the surface here, but he manages to whet the listener's appetite -- and hopefully go on to read the primary material. Whitfield's reading is clear and relaxed. Recommended to anyone beginning a study of existentialism or wanting an easy introduction to a man who influenced some of the greats of the 20th century, particularly Husserl, Sartre and Heidegger.
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It pushed me to question the meaning of my existense and what was I doing with it.
Realizing that Soren really believed that by bringing ridicule upon himself, he would become a better Christian. Equally the last meeting he had with Regine and she asked God to bless him after all he but her through.
No but I look forward to it
That we need to take personal resposibility for what our individual existenses will end up meaning, especially thoose who are given time to define that existense. The other one is that we know we exist because we can doubt that we do. Wonderful paradox!!
I wish I could understand these things better, but it's obvious that todays thinkers dont delve nearly deep enough and I worry that we our losing a chance to understand the unknown and what humanity means as technology begins to rule. I believe that Kierkegard would be disturbed with how many people these days blame their state of affairs on the conditions surronding them not looking at there lives and accepting that they can define them regardless of that!
The performance was fine, and did not distract at all from the material. The material feels like an insightful and well done summary of Kirkegaard; however, the author clearly has a high opinion of his views, and sometimes his condescending comments about his subject and attributions without foundation get irritating.
If you could sum up Kierkegaard in 90 Minutes in three words, what would they be?
aka Cliff Notes
Would you recommend Kierkegaard 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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