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Publisher's Summary

Kierkegaard wasn't really a philosopher in the academic sense. Yet he produced what many people expect of philosophy. He didn't write about the world, he wrote about life, about how we live and how we choose to live. His subject was the individual and his or her existence, the "existing being." In Kierkegaard's view, this purely subjective entity lay beyond the reach of reason, logic, philosophical systems, theology, or even "the pretenses of psychology." Nonetheless, it was the source of all these subjects. The branch of philosophy to which Kierkegaard gave birth has come to be known as existentialism.

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

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Great intros

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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Teach Me How To Exist!!

What did you love best about Kierkegaard in 90 Minutes?

It pushed me to question the meaning of my existense and what was I doing with it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Kierkegaard in 90 Minutes?

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.

Have you listened to any of Robert Whitfield’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No but I look forward to it

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

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!!

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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!

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Nice Insight Into Kirkegaard's Thinking

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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.

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Pretty good

A satisfying overview of Kierkegaard. Less opinion would be nice. In an overview of someone's philosophy it seems odd to call certain philosophies that Kierkegaard holds "preposterous."

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A Good Introduction

The advanced reader who is returning to a brief summary of Kierkegaard as a refresher might be somewhat disappointed that the text doesn’t dive a bit deeper into certain aspects of the philosopher’s work. However, as introduction for the general reader to one of the giants of philosophy, this book won’t be equaled by many summaries on the market. I highly recommend the book in either text or audio format.

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Finished once again.

This background on Kierkegaard is truly Eye Opening. High recommend if you want to learn about moral philosophy.

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Interesting life story of a lesser known thinker.

The story is well paced and interesting. The narrator is clear and pleasant to listen. Overall a pleasant listen.

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GREAT!

Great writing and narration. Kierkegaard was a very strange person, but he had fastenating insights. Forcing the discussion into just 90 minutes kept it interesting.

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Helpful review before digging deeper

This was a great overview of Kierkegaard, who is a complicated man. It should serve me well before I decide to dig any deeper into his work.

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Sweet Existentialsm

In an era of such political and destructive turmoil, turning to the insights--the fruits of genuine engagement with the self and the other--are overdue and a welcome lens on the becoming of the self in a democracy threatened by authoritarianism fueled by mass dread.