Kant in 90 Minutes

  • by Paul Strathern
  • Narrated by Robert Whitfield
  • 1 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Immanuel Kant taught and wrote prolifically about physical geography yet never traveled further than forty miles from his home in Kvnigsberg. How appropriate it is then that in his philosophy he should deny that all knowledge was derived from experience. Kant's aim was to restore metaphysics. He insisted that all experience must conform to knowledge. According to Kant, space and time are subjective; along with various "categories," they help us to see the phenomena of the world-though never its true reality. In Kant in 90 Minutes, Paul Strathern offers a concise, expert account of Kant's life and ideas and explains their influence on man's struggle to understand his existence in the world.

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Kant lite

Although the author gives a great account of the life of Kant, there is very little dicussion of his theories. This audio book is great for beginners wanting a sketch of this philosopher's state of mind and peculiar behavior, but not for those seeking clarity regarding his contribution to modern philosophy.
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- Jacques Ray

A "Cut and Paste" Approach to Kant

While the compact narrative of Kant's life was informative and conveyed in an engaging manner, the overall book was not helpful for gaining knowledge and insight into Kant's basic concepts of philosophy and ethics. Instead of analyzing or explaining Kant's seminal ideas, such as the categorical imperative, and putting those ideas in dialogue with other viewpoints or situating them within the context of the time, the recording too often quotes verbatim excerpts from Kant's various works. The result is a philosophical patchwork quilt without a consistent pattern. The second half of the recording is a "cut and paste" presentation of quotes and timetables. Despite a pleasant and resonant speaking voice, the narrator mispronounces the name of his subject so that he sounds like a contraction denoting inability instead of an eminent Prussian philosopher. I "Can't" recommend this disappointing audio book on Kant.
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- Brad

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-13-2004
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.