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Nietzsche in 90 Minutes | [Paul Strathern]

Nietzsche in 90 Minutes

With Friedrich Nietzsche, philosophy was dangerous not only for philosophers but for everyone. His ideas presaged a collective madness that had horrific consequences in Europe in the early 1900s. Though his philosophy is more one of aphorisms than a system, it is brilliant, persuasive, and incisive. His major concept is the will to power, which he saw as the basic impulse for all our acts. Christianity he saw as a subtle perversion of this concept, thus Nietzsche's famous pronouncement, "God is dead."
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With Friedrich Nietzsche, philosophy was dangerous not only for philosophers but for everyone. Nietzsche ended up going mad, but his ideas presaged a collective madness that had horrific consequences in Europe in the early 1900s. Though his philosophy is more one of aphorisms and insights than a system, it is brilliant, persuasive, and incisive. His major concept is the will to power, which he saw as the basic impulse for all our acts. Christianity he saw as a subtle perversion of this concept, thus Nietzsche's famous pronouncement, "God is dead."

In Nietzsche in 90 Minutes, Paul Strathern offers a concise, expert account of Nietzsche'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

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    Peter Thomasburg, ON, Canada 09-21-04
    Peter Thomasburg, ON, Canada 09-21-04
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    "A short biography"

    The best part of this book is the sketch of Nietzsche's life. Strathern does well here. He balances this with a glimpse (and it's only a glimpse) into his philosophy. As usual, such a brief taste of a philosopher can give a distorted view his work, but if Strathern's work is taken for what it is -- and invitation to look further -- it can be very usful. Ignore (or investigate further) some of Strathern's simplistic descriptions of some of Nietzsche's thought and you'll have fun with Whitfield's reading.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Avila Beach, CA, United States 07-17-04
    Mark Avila Beach, CA, United States 07-17-04 Member Since 2001
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    "Shallow and misleading"

    This book is close to worthless. A great philosopher receives a high handed, patronizing treatment from an intellectual midget, the author, who reviews important concepts that he does not understand through the lens of politically correct cliches of our times. The inappropriately patronizing tone of the narrator, who is quite lost as to where to apply emphasis or ironical tone (so he does that randomly) is irritating. My advice is save your time and money. I should have taken the trouble to listen to an excerpt.

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    James 12-22-08
    James 12-22-08 Listener Since 2008
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    "Good Overview, but leaves a lot to be desired"

    This was a good overview of Nietzsche's life, and very brief overview of his philosophy. It only speaks about the highlights, and left me thinking, wanting to know more. The narrarator's voice is not my favorite.

    1 of 1 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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    If you could sum up Nietzsche 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.

    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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    Lazaro CancunMexico 07-12-05
    Lazaro CancunMexico 07-12-05
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    very bad title. will put you to sleep

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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