Heidegger in 90 Minutes

  • by Paul Strathern
  • Narrated by Robert Whitfield
  • 1 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

One of the two major philosophical traditions of the twentieth century was linguistic analysis, derived largely from Wittgenstein. The other, diametrically opposed, came from Heidegger, and its fundamental question was, "What is the meaning of existence?" For Heidegger, this question could not simply be "analyzed away". It was beyond the reach of logic or reason. It was the primary "given" of every individual life. To confront it, Heidegger needed to develop an entire new form of philosophy. In Heidegger in 90 Minutes, Paul Strathern offers a concise, expert account of Heidegger'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 Heidegger's work, a brief list of suggested readings for those who wish to delve deeper, and chronologies that place Heidegger within his own age and in the broader scheme of philosophy.


What the Critics Say

"Well-written, clear, and informed, they have a breezy wit about them. I find them hard to stop reading." (The New York Times)


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not a fair treatment

The first half of this is pretty good, giving mostly biographical details as the other reviewer said. However, the second half becomes a very uncharitable, diatribe against Heidegger, simply trying to show links between Heidegger's philosophy and his involvement with the Nazi party. This is evidence of the bias and closed-mindedness which analytic philosophers approach Continental philosophy in its worst form. Ironic how bigoted the author comes across in accusing Heidegger of anti-Semitic bigotry.
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- Robert

Less isn't more

Heidegger is difficult, no question, but this 90 min was more about the man than then philosophy. And even for obtuse philosophy, the presentation wasn't very good.
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- Michael

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-08-2005
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.