Spinoza in 90 Minutes

  • by Paul Strathern
  • Narrated by Robert Whitfield
  • 1 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

More

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)

More

See More Like This

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Very Useful for the Beginner

It can take a lot to sit down and digest 17th century Philosophy. I was interested in Spinoza because he's often mentioned as a proponent of Pantheism. The narrator is excellent (the same, BTW, as for A Short History of Everything - 5 stars). 90 minutes was just about right. Very useful for getting acquianted with Spinoza for the first time.
Read full review

- Jesse

Hilarious

Weak in philosophy, fun biography. Perfect voice actor. irritating when it makes basic philosophical mistakes.
Read full review

- Tyler Curtain

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-19-2005
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.