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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 523 ratings

    Regular price: $31.49

    • 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 128 ratings

    Regular price: $27.97

    • 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.

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

    • By L Mark Higgins on 08-01-12

    Regular price: $11.17

    • 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

    Regular price: $11.17

    • Sartre in 90 Minutes

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
    • Length: 1 hr and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 42
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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

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Aristotle in 90 Minutes

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
    • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Aristotle wrote on everything from the shape of seashells to sterility, from speculations on the nature of the soul to meteorology, poetry, art, and even the interpretation of dreams. Apart from mathematics, he transformed every field of knowledge that he touched. Above all, Aristotle is credited with the founding of logic. When he first divided human knowledge into separate categories, he enabled our understanding of the world to develop in a systematic fashion.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Trying to be a novelist

    • By Escendus on 12-07-16

    Regular price: $11.17

    • 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

    Regular price: $11.17

    • Garcia Marquez in 90 Minutes

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
    • Length: 2 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Latin American literature was never primitive; yet, from its beginnings, it was suffused with a fresh, often childish lyricism. Gabriel Garcia Marquez stands on the shoulders of a great Latin American literary heritage, but he is a modern rarity: a writer with aspirations to high art who also remains hugely popular. For those who fall under his spell, his novel One Hundred Years of Solitude is one of the richest literary dreams ever written.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very good introduction to Marquez

    • By DMC on 05-28-06

    Regular price: $11.17

    • Wittgenstein in 90 Minutes

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
    • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
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    "If we accept Wittgenstein's word for it," Paul Strathern writes, "he is the last philosopher. In his view, philosophy in the traditional sense was finished."

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Hatchet Job

    • By Joseph on 05-13-05

    Regular price: $11.17

    • Socrates in 90 Minutes

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
    • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 74
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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

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Plato in 90 Minutes

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
    • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In an age when philosophers had scarcely glimpsed the horizons of the mind, a boy named Aristocles decided to forgo his ambitions as a wrestler. Adopting the nickname Plato, he embarked instead on a life in philosophy. In 387 B.C. he founded the Academy, the world's first university, and taught his students that all we see is not reality but merely a reproduction of the true source. And in his famous Republic he described the politics of "the highest form of state."

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

    • By L Mark Higgins on 08-01-12

    Regular price: $11.17

    • Socrates: Philosophy in an Hour

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Philosophy for busy people. Listen to this succinct account of the philosophy of Socrates in just one hour. Socrates is widely renowned as one of the founders of Western philosophy, despite the fact that his ideas survive largely through the work of his pupil Plato. Socrates’ dialectic – a method of aggressive questioning – was the forerunner of logic; he used it to cut through the pretentions of his adversaries and arrive at the truth.

    Regular price: $2.06

    • 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

    Regular price: $11.17

    • Kant in 90 Minutes

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
    • Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 67
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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 Jacques Ray on 05-25-04

    Regular price: $11.17

    • Borges in 90 Minutes

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 1 hr and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Borges in 90 Minutes offers a concise, expert account of Borges' life and ideas and explains their influence on literature and on man's struggle to understand his place in the world. The book also includes a list of Borges' chief works, a chronology of his life and times, and recommended reading for those who wish to delve deeper.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Jorge Luis Borges

    • By James Carl Barsz, MD on 04-18-16

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Kierkegaard in 90 Minutes

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
    • Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
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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

    Regular price: $11.17

    • Rousseau in 90 Minutes

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
    • Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
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    In Rousseau we encounter a walking ego, naked sensibility. Feeling triumphs over intellectual argument in his works, which are both deeply stirring and deeply inconsistent. Yet while his contemporaries Kant and Hume may have been superior academic philosophers, the sheer power of Rousseau's ideas was unequaled in his time. It was he who encouraged the introduction of both liberty and irrationality into the public domain.

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

    • By L Mark Higgins on 08-01-12

    Regular price: $11.17

    • 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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      4 out of 5 stars 38
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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

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Hegel in 90 Minutes

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
    • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 47
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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

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Thomas Aquinas in 90 Minutes

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
    • Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 38
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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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