Kant in 90 Minutes

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Kant in 90 Minutes

Kant in Minutes Each of these little books is witty and dramatic and creates a sense of time place and character I cannot think of a better way to introduce oneself and one s friends to Western civilization Katheri

  • Title: Kant in 90 Minutes
  • Author: Paul Strathern
  • ISBN: 9781566631235
  • Page: 405
  • Format: Paperback
  • Each of these little books is witty and dramatic and creates a sense of time, place, and character.I cannot think of a better way to introduce oneself and one s friends to Western civilization Katherine A Powers, Boston Globe Well written, clear and informed, they have a breezy wit about them.I find them hard to stop reading Richard Bernstein, New York Times WitEach of these little books is witty and dramatic and creates a sense of time, place, and character.I cannot think of a better way to introduce oneself and one s friends to Western civilization Katherine A Powers, Boston Globe Well written, clear and informed, they have a breezy wit about them.I find them hard to stop reading Richard Bernstein, New York Times Witty, illuminating, and blessedly concise Jim Holt, Wall Street Journal These brief and enlightening explorations of our greatest thinkers bring their ideas to life in entertaining and accessible fashion Philosophical thought is deciphered and made comprehensive and interesting to almost everyone Far from being a novelty, each book is a highly refined appraisal of the philosopher and his work, authoritative and clearly presented.

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    1. Jimmy on said:

      Once again, not incredibly helpful, but it provided me with a few funny autobiographical anecdotes about Kant. These little volumes tend to be odd depending on which philosopher the book is on. With Kant's notoriously unevenftul life in mind, Strathern takes the psychoanalytic approach to explaining Kant's misanthropic breakdown before he died."Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the more often and steadily we reflect upon them: the starry heavens above me a [...]

    2. Trevor on said:

      I have to say I was pretty disappointed with this. Look, if I only have 90 minutes to tell people about one of the world’s greatest philosophers, I know how much time I would spend speculating on Kant’s Oedipal Complex – that’s right, no time at all. That so much time is spent in this talking about how boring Kant was as a person gets to be, well, tedious. The guy revolutionised Western Philosophy. I’d be prepared to say that far too much of what came after him was a sotto voce version [...]

    3. Douglas Dalrymple on said:

      I picked this up on a whim at the local library, looking for a brief refresher.”It’s difficult to know what to say about Kant’s life. He didn’t really have one (outside his head). Nothing of any real interest happened to him.”Despite Strathern’s disclaimer, he spends more time on Kant’s uneventful biography than his philosophy. You get a better sense of him as a character of eccentric habits than as a thinker. Perhaps that’s inevitable in a slim volume of 100 pages, I don’t kno [...]

    4. Patrick on said:

      This is the first book I've read in the Philosophers in 90 Minutes series. I thought it struck a good balance between describing Kant's life, explaining his ideas, and providing important selections from his writings. (My only complaint: too much focus on attempting to psychoanalyze him.) It was good enough to spark interest in other books in the series. (Kant is also confusing enough that I need to re-read some parts a few times before returning this to the library.)

    5. Alberto Arribas on said:

      Me ha encantado. Me ha ayudado a conocer a Kant como hombre en poquísimo tiempo, está lleno de anécdotas que te proporcionan la información suficiente para entenderlo. Además, al final, tras su biografía, hay un epílogo a modo de 'entrevista' en la que se explican los conceptos más básicos del idealismo trascendental/criticismo que viene genial, con ejemplos y vocabulario super sencillo. Lo recomendaría mucho.

    6. Realini on said:

      Kant in 90 Minutes by Paul StrathernExcellent This is another book in a series of authors explained in ninety minutes, with great skill, by a wonderful author.Kant has always been an epitome of high thinking, representing the power of human thought to produce works of genius.The flip side is that Kant has also signified a barrier that I would never pass, being unable to get anywhere close to understanding him.In fact, it is not even a question of understanding, for I could not even write a page [...]

    7. Don Incognito on said:

      What many reviewers say about this book is true: it offers limited details about Kant's philosophy. But there are clearly reasons for that. Author Paul Strathern's ability to discuss the philosophies in detail is severely restricted by the extremely short length of the books, and this becomes more of a problem when he discusses philosophies written in philosophical jargon by intellectuals who didn't write concisely and comprehensibly (and didn't care). Kant and several other major German philoso [...]

    8. Beth E on said:

      And interesting presentation and discussion on this mid-1700's philosopher. Rightly accused of such flowery and effusive speech that makes his writings nearly unreadable, his main point was trying to determine if understanding leads to a greater experience, or if experience itself is needed before any understanding can be had. He applies this question not just to life itself, but to math, physics and even religion.

    9. John Martindale on said:

      Well, the library has a bunch of these "in 90 minutes" audiobooks, and I find I just keep on listening to them even though they continue to be, well, incredibly underwhelming.I have definitely found William Durant's "The Story of Philosophy" to be a much better summery of famous philosophers lives and ideas, especially on Kant, I wish Durant wrote a whole book on Kant.

    10. Candace on said:

      I knew nothing about Kant, so I thought this was good. But then I read some reviews saying that this book misses some big parts of Kant's theories maybe it's not good. Since I didn't know anything about Kant before (hence, I read the 90-min book), I can't comment on the book's accuracy.

    11. Arash Kamangir on said:

      با کانت تموم کردم این مجموعه رو.

    12. Brandon on said:

      I read this book when I was taking an ethics course. It wasn't part of the course load, but my attempt to supplement my knowledge and help me understand some of the connections. It was helpful to that purpose. The most important thing is that the title says what you get; a 90 minute snapshot of Kant. This is not a comprehensive volume on Kantian Deontology. It is more likely to give you better insight into the character that started it. If that's what you're looking for read this book. If you wa [...]

    13. Robert on said:

      Funny. Short. Kant thought that you pure idea in and of themselves were separated from experience. He called these pure ideas "a priori" because they were prior to experience. He wrote the Critique of Practical Reason expressly for his servant's lagging spirituality, yet Kant himself did not go to church.

    14. Kaveh on said:

      Too anecdotal for a biography and too abstract and quotational for an introduction to Kant's philosophy. Yet, I enjoyed getting to know some aspects of Kant's personal and professional life.

    15. Timothy McNeil on said:

      My main objection to this brief overview of Kant is not in Strathern's overlooking much of the philosopher's work, but rather that he clearly does not understand what lies at the heart of the categorical imperative. More than that, he paints the picture that Kantian metaphysics have been abandoned by modern philosophers (which is decidedly not the impression I got from my philosophy professors and visiting lecturers). In being dismissive, he is makes the reader question why one would take the ef [...]

    16. Rob on said:

      Sometimes I have little fits of insomnia. Take last night for instance. It's getting to be around two in the morning and I Kant can't sleep. I think to myself, maybe if I listen to a biography of a boring person I will fall asleep. Unfortunately, Kant in 90 Minutes was not the somniferous lullaby I so dearly desired. That's not to suggest it is action-packed, keep you on the edge of your seat, excitement, either. No, Kant in 90 Minutes is a hasty summation of the less interesting aspects of the [...]

    17. M Pereira on said:

      Not much can be said when a philosopher writes about so many subjects. But Strathern makes a bloody good effort at addressing the breadth of topics that Kant writes. In addition, Strathern explores the apochryphal stories about Kant and to some degree, their origins. Strathern gives a picture of a man who is ill-understood, probably because his philosophy and thought is even less understood. Strathern gives a suggestion that Kant was a man with few friends and possibly lonely due to his limited [...]

    18. Misha Erementchouk on said:

      The only curious feature of this book is that it illustrates one of Kant's ideas the author failed to explain in the text. The book is based on silent supposition that you can get something by simple observing how it interacts with our senses. Applying to Kant himself (a hint for "thing in itself" is intended) this means that the book apparently assumes that one can understand the ideas, Kant spent a big chunk of his life thinking about, through observations of notably uneventful Kant's life. Th [...]

    19. Joseph Sverker on said:

      Strathern manages to some degree to convey Kant's important thoughts. But I find this book frustratingly simplified. I don't have problems with texts being introductions, and they will inevitably be simplifications, which sometimes in a way leads to mistaken understandings of the philosopher. But this was just too short in my mind. It is strange that he still manages to include so many anecdotes about Kant as a person. I think those were the most interesting parts in the book. But, I am not comp [...]

    20. Luis Eduardo on said:

      Me parece una buena introducción a Kant para los principiantes que pretenden estudiar seriamente a este autor o filosofía de manera más seria. También lo recomiendo para personas que no les gusta mucho la metafísica y quieren evitar confusiones pero que requieren saber las ideas de este pensador. Finalmente quiero comentar que es el primer libro que leo de esta serie de libros de 90 minutos y me agradó como se explica el contexto y la vida de Kant, ya que es muy importante entender estos e [...]

    21. Michael Treadway on said:

      It was interesting. For a book setting out to give a brief synopsis of the man and his philosophies, there was an awful lot of editorializing from the author, which was interesting. Not really the style I was expecting. Eighty-five pages seems to small a space to allow the author's thoughts to drape around like they did in this one. Not bad, would probably be fine for someone who needs a quick primer on the man.

    22. Mark Valentine on said:

      Look. Kant has built a fortress around his philosophy with his abstruse language. That's why I turned to this cheat of a book. I learned a few things--maybe a smooth definition of metaphysics--but I got the impression that Strathern does not like Kant. But it does not take 90 minutes to read and I've wasted time doing worse.

    23. Brad on said:

      While sparse enough to be considered one long footnote, this book does a good job of making Kant's basic philosophy accessible. I had to read the source material in college and most translations, as this book explains, are close to unreadable. I'm sure their are better and more in depth books out there, but for a quick look into unfamiliar territory, this isn't a bad option.

    24. Mckinley on said:

      non-experiencial reason leads only to illusions, experience without being applied to reason will be purely subjectiveShort loner - late bloomerContains a biography which was interesting, and some quotes and lines from his work along with a philosophy time-out. Does fit him into the overall body of philosophy.

    25. M. on said:

      Not an expressly bad attempt per say, but really heavily biographical and even psychological rather than philosophical. It's understandable with such dense content as Kant's and I think Strathern does manage to illuminate a few fleeting glimpses of Kantian philosophy, but really would have appreciated a head-long dive into Kant's ideas rather than his family relationships.

    26. David on said:

      The author does a good job describing Kant, his quirks and intellectual prowess are painted so well that you come away with a nice picture in your head of who this character was. Hopefully that image is enough to help the reader then take on the exhausting task of getting through Kant's writing. . .

    27. Sarah on said:

      Had to read for background for class. I found the discussion of Kant's actual philosophy lacking. Overall, a disappointment, but at least it was short and contained interesting biographical information.

    28. Russ on said:

      Again, Strathern is more interested in giving an anecdotal account of his subject's life, along with little jabs at late 20th century philosophy, than explaining Kant's thought in the context that which preceded and followed.

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