Nietzsche in 90 Minutes

Version: Unabridged
Author: Paul Strathern
Narrator: Robert Whitfield
Genres: Philosophy
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: November 2003
# of Units: 2 CDs
Length: 1 hour, 14 minutes
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Overview

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With Friedrich Nietzsche, philosophy was dangerous not only for philosophers but for everyone. Nietzsche ended up going mad, but his ideas presaged a collective madness that had horrific consequences in Europe in the early 1900s. Though his philosophy is more one of aphorisms and insights than a system, it is brilliant, persuasive, and incisive. His major concept is the will to power, which he saw as the basic impulse for all our acts. Christianity he saw as a subtle perversion of this concept-thus Nietzsche's famous pronouncement, "God is dead."
In Nietzsche in 90 Minutes, Paul Strathern offers a concise, expert account of Nietzsche'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 Nietzsche's work, a brief list of suggested readings for those who wish to delve deeper, and chronologies that place Nietzsche within his own age and in the broader scheme of philosophy.

Reviews (3)

Not Worth 90 Minutes

Written by Eric Silverstein on November 14th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Could have been Nietzsche in 90 seconds. Don't bother...

Nietzsche in 90 Minutes

Written by Hugh Wilson from Gordonville, TX on June 8th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 2/5

As confusing as the man himself. The tape jumps around so much that I didn't know who they were talking about most of the time. And forget a logical timeline.

Nietzsche in 90 Minutes

Written by Lee Detzel on October 26th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 4/5

As a philosophy student I appreciated the concise introduction to Nietzsche's work and life presented in this audiobook. Of course, all summarization miss important details and thoughts of deep thinkers, but this audiobook is still worth the listen.

Author Details

Author Details

Strathern, Paul

Paul Strathern (1940-) is a British writer and academic. He was born in London, and studied at Trinity College, Dublin. His novel A Season in Abyssinia won a Somerset Maugham Award in 1972. Besides five novels, he has also written numerous books on science, philosophy, history, literature, medicine and economics. He is the author of two successful series of short introductory books: Philosophers in 90 Minutes and The Big Idea: Scientists Who Changed the World. His book on the history of chemistry entitled Mendeleyev's Dream (2001) was short-listed for the Aventis Prize, and his works have been translated into over two dozen languages. He is the author of the best-selling 'The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance', and his most recent work 'Napoleon in Egypt' came out in May 2007.

Strathern was a lecturer at Kingston University where he taught philosophy and science. He lives in London, and has three grandchildren: Tristan, Julian and Opajoke.