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I couldn't get past the first chapter. The thick accent and archaic language used made it very hard for me to follow.
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What made the experience of listening to Descartes: An Introduction the most enjoyable?
The clarity of the man's thoughts are breathtaking, even after all these centuries! It's well read and the commentary is very good.
What does Jonathan Oliver and Roy McMillan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
The book is brilliantly read but, truth be told, I mostly listen in the car and that would simply be impossible without readers.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Oh, definitely not. I love the fact that I could listen to it in sections and then muse on what was said for hours. It's pretty deep stuff!
Rene Descartes is widely regarded as 'the father of modern philosophy'. This audiobook provides an excellent introduction to his philosophical work. As well as being a philosopher, Decartes was an important mathematician and natural philosopher (what we would now call a scientist) and he was one of the leading figures of the early stages of the scientific revolution (he comes between Galileo and Newton). This audiobook will be useful to anybody with an interest in early-modern thought.
I bought this book as i thought it would be a good commentary on one of Descartes's most well known works. However there is very little useful analysis and the remainder of the audio book is actually just a reading of the abridged version of the book. I think that is outrageous as the full version of the audiobook is available as an audiobook at www.librivox.org FOR FREE.
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