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Author: Paul Strathern Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Series:The Philosophers in 90 Minutes Series Release Date: June 2005 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781481536097

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Kierkegaard wasn’t really a philosopher in the academic sense, yet he produced what many people expect of philosophy. He didn’t write about the world, he wrote about life, about how we live, and how we choose to live. 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, a much discussed and debated topic of philosophy.

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

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  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " great introduction. "

    - April, 11/30/2013
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    " I could have used a little less psychologizing and sitz im leben, and a little more philosophizing. But it was a concise overview of Kierkegaard and placed him well in the setting of his life. Worth the 90 minutes. "

    - Kessia, 4/10/2013
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    " great. clear/concise. "

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    " Best 90 minutes I have read yet. That guy was crazy haha. "

    - Ian, 12/12/2012
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    " Amusing read - it's not really deep or anything, but I really like Strathern's style. "

    - Marcus, 7/11/2012
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    " I am not sure if these are good introductions into someone's body of work but, for their length of time, they are inherently efficient and analytically succinct. I would recommend these to anyone who wants a broad overview of Kierkegaard's work in relation to his life and times. "

    - Abel, 4/4/2012
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    " we my palette for the real thing. Fear & Trembling, cmon down! "

    - Nic, 10/22/2011
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    " Interesting and timely as I was in the midst of this book when a friend asked if I had read his treatise on Abraham and Isaac. Gonna have to revisit it to fully absorb it but still a great read. "

    - Keith, 4/1/2011
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    " This is a really good one, Kierkegaard's life is one imbued in both existential despair, and Christianity. This is a clear and at times, humorous exposition of the Christian first existentialist. "

    - M, 3/27/2011
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    - Robert, 1/17/2011
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    " Kierkegaard is a genius, no doubt in my own mind... "

    - Cm2dude, 8/22/2010
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    " I could have used a little less psychologizing and sitz im leben, and a little more philosophizing. But it was a concise overview of Kierkegaard and placed him well in the setting of his life. Worth the 90 minutes. "

    - Kessia, 8/9/2010
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I am not sure if these are good introductions into someone's body of work but, for their length of time, they are inherently efficient and analytically succinct. I would recommend these to anyone who wants a broad overview of Kierkegaard's work in relation to his life and times. "

    - Abel, 1/13/2010
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Kierkegaard is a genius, no doubt in my own mind... "

    - Cm2dude, 9/9/2009
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Amusing read - it's not really deep or anything, but I really like Strathern's style. "

    - Marcus, 8/17/2009
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    " Well, it got me to laugh. That's always a plus. The 90 Minute series is funny. (I won it in a Yankee Swap after seeing one of my friends pick it up at Barnes & Noble.) "

    - Kiwi, 1/17/2009

About the Author

Paul Strathern earned a degree in philosophy at Trinity College, Dublin, and has lectured in philosophy and mathematics. The author of many nonfiction books and of articles for numerous publications, he has also written several novels and has won the Somerset Maugham Prize. He lives and writes in London.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and narrator. He has earned more than fifty Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration thirteen times. He was named Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008 and has been named an AudioFile Golden Voice as well as an AudioFile Best Voice of 2009. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London. He is also an actor who has appeared on both stage and television.