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    • The Medici

    • Power, Money, and Ambition in the Italian Renaissance
    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Against the background of an age that saw the rebirth of ancient and classical learning, Paul Strathern explores the intensely dramatic rise and fall of the Medici family in Florence as well as the Italian Renaissance, which they did so much to sponsor and encourage. Interwoven into the narrative are the lives of many of the great Renaissance artists with whom the Medici had dealings, including Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Donatello as well as scientists like Galileo and Pico della Mirandola.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • An Intriguing Lens on the Renaissance

    • By Matt Turner on 04-17-16
    • Power, Money, and Ambition in the Italian Renaissance
    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
    • Release date: 03-15-16
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 636 ratings

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Death in Florence

    • The Medici, Savonarola, and the Battle for the Soul of the Renaissance City
    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Death in Florence illuminates one of the defining moments in Western history - the bloody and dramatic story of the battle for the soul of Renaissance Florence. By the end of the fifteenth century, Florence was well established as the home of the Renaissance. In an exhilaratingly rich and deeply researched story, Paul Strathern reveals the paradoxes, self-doubts, and political compromises that made the battle for the soul of the Renaissance city one of the most complex and important moments in Western history.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Extravagant rich peacocks and true believers

    • By Philo on 10-17-15
    • The Medici, Savonarola, and the Battle for the Soul of the Renaissance City
    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
    • Release date: 08-05-15
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 138 ratings

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Kierkegaard in 90 Minutes

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
    • Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
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    Kierkegaard wasn't really a philosopher in the academic sense. Yet he produced what many people expect of philosophy. 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great intros

    • By Peter on 09-05-04

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    • The Artist, the Philosopher, and the Warrior

    • Da Vinci, Machiavelli, and Borgia and the World They Shaped
    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Nigel Patterson
    • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Leonardo da Vinci, Niccolò Machiavelli, and Cesare Borgia - three iconic figures whose intersecting lives provide the basis for this astonishing work of narrative history. They could not have been more different, and they would meet only for a short time in 1502, but the events that transpired when they did would significantly alter each man's perceptions - and the course of Western history.   

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Very Good Book (Just Not As Good As Others)

    • By George Monnat Jr on 02-18-19

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    • Hume in 90 Minutes

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
    • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
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    David Hume reduced philosophy to ruins: he denied the existence of everything, except our actual perceptions themselves. I alone exist, he argued, and the world is nothing more than part of my consciousness. Yet we know that the world remains, and we go on as before. What Hume expressed was the status of our knowledge about the world, a world in which neither religion nor science is certain.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A cynical history of philosophy

    • By Kindle Customer on 12-07-10

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    • Heidegger in 90 Minutes

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
    • Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
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    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Less isn't more

    • By Michael on 07-21-06

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    • Sartre in 90 Minutes

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
    • Length: 1 hr and 40 mins
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    During his lifetime, Jean-Paul Sartre enjoyed unprecedented popularity for a philosopher, due partly to his role as a spokesman for existentialism at the opportune moment, when this set of ideas filled the spiritual gap left amidst the ruins of World War II. Existentialism was a philosophy of action and showed the ultimate freedom of the individual. In Sartre's hands, it became a revolt against European bourgeois values.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • In 90 Minutes Series overview

    • By L Mark Higgins on 08-01-12

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    • Nietzsche in 90 Minutes

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
    • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
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    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."

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A short biography

    • By Peter on 09-21-04

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    • Schopenhauer in 90 Minutes

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
    • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
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    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • In 90 Minutes Series overview

    • By L Mark Higgins on 08-01-12

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    • Hegel in 90 Minutes

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
    • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
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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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • WWF Bodyslam on Hegel

    • By Thomas on 10-22-05

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    • Kant in 90 Minutes

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
    • Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
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    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Kant lite

    • By CyberMind on 05-25-04

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    • The Venetians

    • A New History: From Marco Polo to Casanova
    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Republic of Venice was the first great economic, cultural, and naval power of the modern Western world. After winning the struggle for ascendency in the late 13th century, the Republic enjoyed centuries of unprecedented glory and built a trading empire which at its apogee reached as far afield as China, Syria, and West Africa. This golden period only drew to an end with the Republic's eventual surrender to Napoleon. The Venetians illuminates the character of the Republic during these illustrious years by shining a light on some of the most celebrated personalities of European history.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Mesmerizing

    • By Gary R. Frank on 08-24-15

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    • Spinoza in 90 Minutes

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
    • Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Spinoza's brilliant metaphysical system was derived neither from reality nor experience. Starting from basic assumptions, with a series of geometric proofs he built a universe which was also God, one and the same thing, the classic example of pantheism. Although his system seems an oddity today, Spinoza's conclusions are deeply in accord with modern thought, from science (the holistic ethics of today's ecologists) to politics (the idea that the state exists to protect the individual).

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very Useful for the Beginner

    • By Jesse on 05-06-06

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    • St. Augustine in 90 Minutes

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
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    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • In 90 Minutes Series overview

    • By L Mark Higgins on 08-01-12

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    • Confucius in 90 Minutes

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
    • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Confucius knew all about life and told us how to behave, but we can't find out precisely what he was up to. His well-meaning platitudes, quaint maxims, and quasi-enigmatic anecdotes combined to produce an ideal philosophy for civil servants. It would appear that his aim was to turn his pupils into good government officials, but his teachings succeeded beyond his wildest expectations, providing rules of conduct and spiritual fodder for more than two thousand years.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • The author seems to dislike Confucius

    • By DMC on 06-07-06

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    • Thomas Aquinas in 90 Minutes

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
    • Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
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    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A mixed bag

    • By RAC on 11-26-05

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    • Foucault: Philosophy in an Hour

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
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    Philosophy for busy people. Listen to a succinct account of the philosophy of Foucault in just one hour. The French philosopher Michel Foucault set about his task rather like a historian. After painstaking research, he concluded that knowledge and power were intimately related throughout history.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • a nice primer...

    • By Peter R. Gillies on 05-25-18

    Regular price: $2.57

    • Marx in 90 Minutes

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
    • Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Karl Marx's devastating critique of capitalism, and his proposal of communism as the answer to the failings of the capitalist system, bore their greatest fruits in the twentieth century with the formation of the communist state in the Soviet Union. This great venture has now all but completely failed. Yet the force of the communist belief offered the prospect of "justice on this earth" to countless numbers. And Marx's critique has influenced generations of thinkers who call themselves Marxists.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Save your 90 minutes

    • By Derek on 04-15-06

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    • Descartes in 90 Minutes

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
    • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
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    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • In 90 Minutes Series overview

    • By L Mark Higgins on 08-01-12

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    • Socrates in 90 Minutes

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
    • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
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    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • I thought it was OK

    • By Theodore on 11-21-11

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