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Author: Paul Strathern Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Philosophers in 90 Minutes Series Release Date: June 2005 ISBN: 9781481536158
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In Rousseau we encounter a walking ego, a naked sensibility. Feeling triumphs over intellectual argument in his works, which are both deeply stirring and deeply inconsistent. Yet while his contemporaries Kant and Hume may have been superior academic philosophers, the sheer power of Rousseau’s ideas was unequaled in his time. It was he who encouraged the introduction of both liberty and irrationality into the public domain.

In Rousseau in 90 Minutes, Paul Strathern offers a concise, expert account of Rousseau’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 Rousseau’s work, a brief list of suggested readings for those who wish to delve deeper, and chronologies that place Rousseau 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

  • “I cannot think of a better way to introduce oneself and one’s friends to Western civilization.”

    Boston Globe

  • “A godsend in the era of the short attention span.”

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jose | 1/8/2013

    " excellent. did not know much prior to listening to this audio version. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 4/6/2011

    " short, sweet, informative. easy digest format. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aingheal | 10/22/2010

    " Meh. I like Rousseau and his ideas (despite the inconsistencies), but I dislike Strathern's 'witty' (read: obnoxious) style of writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jose | 5/3/2010

    " excellent. did not know much prior to listening to this audio version. "

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.