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Overview Offers a brief profile of the German philosopher, discusses his major works, and assesses his influence on modern philosophy
Publishers Description Each of these little books is witty and dramatic and creates a sense of time, place, and character....I cannot think of a better way to introduce oneself and one s friends to Western civilization. Katherine A. Powers, Boston Globe. Well-written, clear and informed, they have a breezy wit about them....I find them hard to stop reading. Richard Bernstein, New York Times. Witty, illuminating, and blessedly concise. Jim Holt, Wall Street Journal. These brief and enlightening explorations of our greatest thinkers bring their ideas to life in entertaining and accessible fashion. Philosophical thought is deciphered and made comprehensive and interesting to almost everyone. Far from being a novelty, each book is a highly refined appraisal of the philosopher and his work, authoritative and clearly presented."
Citations And Professional Reviews Kant in 90 Minutes (Philosophers in 90 Minutes) by Paul Strathern has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Booklist - 10/15/1996 page 381
Library Journal - 11/01/1996 page 70
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Studio: Ivan R. Dee, Publisher
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.03" Width: 5.09" Height: 0.31" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 1996
Publisher Ivan R. Dee, Publisher
ISBN 1566631238 ISBN13 9781566631235
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More About Paul Strathern
Paul Strathern is author of the popular and critically acclaimed Philosophers in 90 Minutes series. Highlights from the series include Nietzsche in 90 Minutes, Aristotle in 90 Minutes, and Plato in 90 Minutes. Mr. Strathern has lectured in philosophy and mathematics and now lives and writes in London. A former Somerset Maugham prize winner, he is also the author of books on history and travel as well as five novels. His articles have appeared in a great many newspapers, including the Observer (London) and the Irish Times. His own degree in philosophy came from Trinity College, Dublin.
Paul Strathern currently resides in London. Paul Strathern was born in 1940.
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20 minutes was enough. Sep 10, 2008
Great book if you're interested in Kant's severe bouts of constipation in his later life..
At the very worst, Strathern actually tries to discourage you from reading Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, exclaiming that it's over 800 pages then proceeding to quote a small portion to demonstrate how impenetrable the text is.
He explains very little of Kant's thought but is very successful in telling more than I ever needed to know about Kant's non-eventful personal life.
The philosophical equivalent of an E! True Hollywood Story.
The solitary Mind in search of Truth Mar 22, 2005
Kant once strode the philosophical world like a colossus. Kant is the prelude to Hegel and then to Marx. Kant was once thought by many to be the culmination of all philosophy. Strathern does not deal in this work with the followers and successors of Kant, nor with his standing in the world of philosophy( if there is such a thing) today. He does provide background to Kant(The synthesis of the rationalism of Leibniz, Descartes, and of the empiricism of Locke, Hume) He does show how Kant made a critical move accepting the Humean claim that real knowledge about the character of reality could not be known. The Kantian maneuver of concentrating on the categories by which we perceive the world ( including time and space) leaves us without ' the - thing - in itself)but with a capacity to make sense out of the world, and trust scientific investigation of it. Strathern in his usual excellent way narrates the story of the poor Kant's rise to philosophical greatness. Hard and steady work, and a drudging devotion to knowledge are the keys to the Kantian exploration of many different fields. The Philosophy comes late after years of preparation , the mature product of long thought. The three great Critiques , the first on Metaphysics, the second on Morals, the third on Aesthetics are one of philosophy's great syntheses. The exploration of the ' starry heavens above and the moral law within' provide Mankind with a new way of knowing what it can and cannot know. Kant himself who Strathern claims had less of a life than any of the great philosophers, a life almost wholly a life of the mind is portrayed as a bit less ethical than I had always thought him to be. Strathern tells the story of his intellectual snobbery in regard to his sisters who he refused to meet with though they lived in the same town.He also tells of his firing his longtime valet Lampe . He also tells at Kant's delight at being the witty star of various social gatherings. All of this is perhaps minor gossip and not so important when placed against Kant's intellectual achievement. I think of another story about him not told in this book. It is that when he was very old and very sick a visitor came to see him. It was tremendously difficult for him but he stood to greet the visitor. When the visitor said that he should not have done this, Kant replied ' My sense of humanity has not left me'. I think of this in connection with Kant's categorical imperative "Act only in accord with a principle which you would at the same time will to be a universal law". And the image of the person of principle dedicated to the solitary quest for Truth returns. A man who never left Konigsberg but whose travels in mind were to eventually touch every place on earth where Mankind strives to know the truth.
Plenty of gossip; little philosophy Apr 27, 2003
Well, Strathern is certainly entertaining, if not informative. He gives us the dirt on each philosopher, tells us who was overweight, ... pushed people around, etc. This would be great if we were reading about movie stars or politicians but I bought these books in order to understand something about what these philosophers thought. He does reserve a few pages at the end of each volume to tells us one or two of their ideas and gives us a handful of quotes. A total waste of money unless you hate your philosophy classes so much that you want to hear how awful the personal lives of the philosophers were. A new low in publishing.
Easily better than a 90 minute movie ! Feb 5, 2003
So, what are you doing for the next 90 minutes !?
Well, if you were Kant and it was 3pm you would be out for a walk. But, you are not Kant!
So, why not read this crisp, piety-clearing, psych-insightful, entertaining portrait? Rarely will you find such an academically freeing and stimulating 90 minutes. (Especially assuming that you may have been numbed by Kant in the past.)
And, cheaper than most of the multiplexes!
Biography not Philosophy Apr 7, 2001
I should have been smarter that one can not understand Kant in 90 minutes but even than the name of the book is very misleading. It is a short biography than Philosophy. There are better ways to spend money. Read this book as biography but you do not get bang for your buck. There are much better biography books.