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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 571 ratings

    Regular price: $31.49

    • 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
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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.   

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Heidegger in 90 Minutes

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

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    • Less isn't more

    • By Michael on 07-21-06

    Regular price: $13.96

    • 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
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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

    • 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.

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    • Mesmerizing

    • By Gary R. Frank on 08-24-15

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    • 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 133 ratings

    Regular price: $27.97

    • Kant in 90 Minutes

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

    • 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

    • Thomas Aquinas: Philosophy in an Hour

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
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    Philosophy for busy people. Listen to a succinct account of the philosophy of Aquinas in just one hour. Aquinas' influence stretches far across the western world; much modern philosophy has been conceived as either a reaction against, or in accordance with, his original ideas. This audiobook showcases an account of Thomas Aquinas’s life and philosophical ideas - entertainingly written and is above all easy listening. Also included are selections from Thomas Aquinas' work.

    Regular price: $2.57

    • Kafka in 90 Minutes

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
    • Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
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    A handsome recluse, plagued by indecision and hypochondria, Franz Kafka nonetheless exhibited an extraordinary strength. He developed the uncanny ability to observe himself with cool objectivity, and he cultivated this ability in his writing, where it appeared in increasingly original metaphorical form. His works became among the greatest of the twentieth century, and his influence permeated far and wide, transcending literature.

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    • Kierkegaard in 90 Minutes

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
    • Length: 1 hr and 26 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

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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.

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    • I thought it was OK

    • By Theodore on 11-21-11

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    • Kierkegaard: Philosophy in an Hour

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
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    Philosophy for busy people. Listen to a succinct account of the philosophy of Kierkegaard in just one hour.Although Kierkegaard was not a philosopher in the academic sense, he produced what many people expect of philosophy. He didn’t write about the world, he wrote about life – how we live and how we choose to live, particularly focussing on the individual and the notion of his (or her) existence.

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    • Aristotle in 90 Minutes

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

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    • Spinoza: Philosophy in an Hour

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Jonthan Keeble
    • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
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    Philosophy for busy people. Read a succinct account of the philosophy of Spinoza in just one hour.Spinoza’s brilliant metaphysical system was derived neither from reality nor experience. Starting from basic axioms (assumptions), by means of a series of geometric proofs he built a universe which was also God – one and the same thing, the classic example of pantheism.

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    • A Beautiful Introduction to Spinoza

    • By Anonymous User on 12-07-18

    Regular price: $2.57

    • 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

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    • Leibniz: Philosophy in an Hour

    • By: Paul Strathern
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
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    Philosophy for busy people. Read a succinct account of the philosophy of Leibniz in just one hour.Leibniz was the first great German philosopher to produce an all-embracing philosophical system. He came to the remarkable conclusion that space and time do not exist – they are mere superstitious assumptions. Only things exist and only God is able to see things as they truly are – from a perspectiveless viewpoint. Yet the infinite of ultimate objects that make up the world (‘monads’) are not material: they are metaphysical and thus not subject to the laws of cause and effect.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • It delivered what it should in a clear way.

    • By Anonymous User on 12-09-18

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    • 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.

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    • Save your 90 minutes

    • By Derek on 04-15-06

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    • Plato in 90 Minutes

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

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    • In 90 Minutes Series overview

    • By L Mark Higgins on 08-01-12

    Regular price: $11.17

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