Hume in 90 Minutes

  • by Paul Strathern
  • Narrated by Robert Whitfield
  • 1 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

David Hume reduced philosophy to ruins: he denied the existence of everything, except our actual perceptions themselves. I alone exist, he argued, and the world is nothing more than part of my consciousness. Yet we know that the world remains, and we go on as before. What Hume expressed was the status of our knowledge about the world, a world in which neither religion nor science is certain. In Hume in 90 Minutes, Paul Strathern offers a concise, expert account of Hume'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 Hume's work, a brief list of suggested readings for those who wish to delve deeper, and chronologies that place Hume within his own age and in the broader scheme of philosophy.


What the Critics Say

"A godsend in this era of the short attention span." (New York Times)
"Witty, illuminating, and blessedly concise." (Wall Street Journal)


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Customer Reviews

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Quick and to the point. Very enjoyable for even someone with a passing interest in intellectual philosophy.
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- andrew

In 90 Minutes Series overview

If you could sum up Hume in 90 Minutes in three words, what would they be?
aka Cliff Notes

Would you recommend Nietzsche in 90 Minutes to your friends? Why or why not?
Yes - I've listened to each book in the series about a major philosopher that is available on Audible. Strathern's books don't have the analytical depth found in Will Durant's "The Story of Philosophy" books, but he does a good job summarizing each philosopher's biography, major philosophical points, and criticisms. Additionally, Strathern's breadth is broader than Durant's in that he covers a greater number of philosophers. I believe that the time spent listening to these books has been well-spent.

My reviews for each book in the series about a philosopher are identical.

What about Robert Whitfield’s performance did you like?
Voice is clear, well-modulated, and easily understood, even at 1 1/2 speed.
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- L Mark Higgins

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-14-2005
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.