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Overview Explores the ideas of philosopher Jean Paul Sartre, including an appraisal of his works and an analysis of his life.
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."
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Studio: Ivan R. Dee, Publisher
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.06" Width: 5.1" Height: 0.29" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 1998
Publisher Ivan R. Dee, Publisher
ISBN 1566631920 ISBN13 9781566631921
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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.
Reviews - What do customers think about Sartre in 90 Minutes (Philosophers in 90 Minutes)?
Too thin on real info Mar 12, 2008
As others have written here, skip this and get Sartre for Beginners instead. That book, while not comprehensive, does a better job of fleshing out most of his major concepts in a more useful fashion. This book you just sit down and read. The for Beginners series is a better reference that you can turn to again and again to refesh you knowledge.
An outstanding introduction to the thought of Sartre Mar 21, 2005
This is one of the best works in this series. Strathern does not write about Sartre uncritically, but he writes about him with great sympathy and understanding. He retells the story of Sartre's unusual childhood and explains how and why he became a person who always heard the sound of his own drummer. And even the exposition of Sartre as a philosopher illustrates this point, as Sartre continually goes in a way of his own. Moreover the explication of the background to Sartre's major philosophical works is the most clear that I know. He shows how Husserl's effort to synthesize rationalism and empiricism in his phenomenology provides a take- off point for Sartre in 'Being and Nothingness'. There is also a brief but insightful description of 'Being and Nothingness' and its relation to the work of Heidegger. Strathern stresses that Sartre continually moved despite his radical individualism in the direction of taking responsibility for the world. He may have erred in practical political judgment again and again but he showed a courage in standing up for what he believed in. Strathern also gives us a clue to the famous Sartre- Beauvoir relationship so important to the life and work of both. This through the reading of the orphan Sartre's relation to his mother who was in some ways more sister to him than mother. The Sartre- Beauvoir alliance served them both long after it ceased to be a romantic relationship. Strathern comments that their 'open relationship' was something courageously 'new'for its time- a claim that a few old- fashioned folks like myself might have other terminology for. All in all this is a very fine piece of work. One feels in it Strathern's greater closeness to Sartre than to any other of the philosophers he has written about.
One of the problems with the internet... Mar 26, 2004
One of the great things about the internet is that everyone has access to it. One of the problems with the internet is that everyone has access to it. This book "Sartre in 90 Minutes" by Paul Strathern is a fine book that doesn't pretend to be anything more than it claims to be. It is an excellent introduction to Sartre and is much more approachable than the faulty traslations from French that make reading Sartre like swimming in quicksand. Anyone who cannot gain a basic understanding of Sartre's basic premises from reading this book should give up on reading. It provides a succinct and comprehensive explanation of the philosopher, the events that shaped him and his place in history.
One always suspects that totally negative reviews are written by someone who has an ax to grind, another book they wish to promote, or by people who in failing to comprehend what they have read compensate by pointing the blame at the author rather than their own lack of lucidity.
It has been said that one million monkeys with one million typewriters could eventually dupliate the works of Shakespeare. The internet and the millions of monkeys sitting at their keyboards have proved that claim to be false.
A good, very basic introduction to Sartre Feb 11, 2000
In contrast to the other reviewers here, I found this to be quite good. Granted, it is extremely basic but that is it's stated purpose. It doesn't claim to be a comprehensive analysis of Sartre's ideas, merely a biographical jumping-off point for those with no prior exposure to the man.
These "IN 90 MINUTES" books are wonderful introductions to the greatest minds of the Western world. I take sincere issue with those (see review below) who would attempt to cloak the study of philosophy behind a smokescreen of intellectual elitism. Such snobbery is contradictory to the goals of all philosophical thought.
Philosophy is for EVERYONE!
Sartre is difficult, yes, but not beyond the intelligence of anyone truly interested and dedicated to understanding.
I recommend this book without reservation.
Insulting Aug 21, 1998
This book merits no review. It is insulting to mislead anyone to think he/she can understand Jean Paul Sartre in ninety minutes. Most people do not have the intelligence to understand his ideas; those who do spend years thinking. It isn't pablum, and there is no clue if you don't have a brain. There are those who get it and those who don't. A book which claims to have the key should have been written on disposable paper.