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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (62 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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Spinoza’s brilliant metaphysical system was derived neither from reality nor experience. Starting from basic assumptions, with a series of geometric proofs he built a universe which was also God—one and the same thing, the classic example of pantheism. Although his system seems an oddity today, Spinoza’s conclusions are deeply in accord with modern thought, from science (the holistic ethics of today’s ecologists) to politics (the idea that the state exists to protect the individual). Both Spinoza’s system and conclusions have compelling beauty unequaled in the history of philosophy.

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

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  • “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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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Thomas | 11/26/2012

    " Read it just this morning (a bit under 90 minutes, did I read too fast?). While it's not a bad read in the strict sense, it really did not give me any solid sense of Spinoza's overall philosophy and quite often just felt like an outlet for the author's (rather bad) attempts at wittiness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tra-Kay | 4/11/2011

    " This one was probably the sparsest on philosophy of the five others I've listened to in this series, but still it was interesting and witty as always. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jose | 8/10/2010

    " great audio...spinoza's life was interesting. "

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

    " great audio...spinoza's life was interesting. "

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About the Author
Author Paul Strathern

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.