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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (103 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Strathern Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Philosophers in 90 Minutes Series Release Date:
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René Descartes spent much of his life in solitude. Fortunately, these countless lonely hours helped Descartes produce the declaration that changed all philosophy: “I think, therefore I am.” Convincing himself to doubt and disregard sensory knowledge, Descartes found he could prove his existence through his thoughts alone. This internal reality, he believed, was the true reality, while the external was hopelessly deceiving.

In Descartes in 90 Minutes, Paul Strathern offers a concise, expert account of Descartes’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 Descartes’s work, a brief list of suggested readings for those who wish to delve deeper, and chronologies that place Descartes within his own age and in the broader scheme of philosophy. 

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  • “Well-written, clear, and informed, they have a breezy wit about them. I find them hard to stop reading.”

    New York Times

  • “Witty, illuminating, and blessedly concise.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “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.”

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Gail | 7/3/2013

    " Cogito ergo sum -- what else is there to say? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Carlos Burga | 5/30/2011

    " I'm really digging Strathern's series on philosophy, they are light-hearted while also being very informative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jose | 2/10/2011

    " great audio. descartes was brilliant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dave | 10/13/2010

    " I picked this short book up to supplement my reading of Shorto's book, Descartes' Bones. A quick read that affords an overview of Descartes' life and time. "

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