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Hume in 90 Minutes (Philosophers in 90 Minutes)

3.34 of 5 stars 3.34  ·  rating details  ·  152 ratings  ·  13 reviews
David Hume (1711-1776), writes Paul Strathern, is "the only philosopher whose ideas remain plausible to us today." Hume's most substantial contribution to philosophy could be simplified as the denial of the existence of anything but our own perceptions--or it could be more subtly described as a realization of the contingency of our knowledge of the world, where any explana ...more
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Published 1996 by Constable
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Anthony Vacca
Another brisk, cursory look into the life and works of an esteemed philosophical mind. Strathern's 90-minute take on Hume is a respectful primer for the man who made atheism fashionable for intellectuals and also helped tear apart his contemporary's conceptions of philosophy, ushering in what we consider the modern era of ontological thought. These audiobooks have been fun and made for a nice refresher for the hardly operable understanding of philosophy I had left over from a couple of college c ...more
Realini
Hume in 90 minutes by Paul Strathern
Fabulous book

The philosophy of David Hume is one of a handful that still stands up today! Sophisticated later systems, a bit mocked by the author, have come crumbling, but Hume’s thinking is viable in the present.
It is very interesting how much we can learn in 90 minutes. We do not reach the essence, the depths of Hume’s mind, but there is a certain familiarity that I felt after reading this exquisite book.
David Hume was a very interesting scholar, who probabl
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Mike Jensen
A couple of years ago, I became curious about the lives of all those philosophers I read in my twenties for, you learn little about them men from their books, Lord Russell being a partial exception. I chose against reading 500 page tomes about them, I was not THAT curious, so with delight I recently found this little series of books about philosophers and other cultural figures. The four star rating MUST be understood in the context of somebody wanting a little book with a desire for a little in ...more
Justin Tapp
Since I have been exploring the world of classical liberal philosophy and needed an audio book for the road, I decided to try this book out. Paul Krugman recently listed Hume's An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding as one of his top five books, so I've been curious to read more Hume. Most of his works are available as free ebooks at Project Gutenberg and elsewhere.

There is a "Philosophers in 90 Minutes" series, and this is one part. Strathern gives a biographical overview of Hume and explain
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M Pereira
This is a very good account of Hume. Certain things have been emphasised that are not usually addressed in typical Hume stories. There is the issue of his love life, or lack of; there is the personable nature of the man; Hume is addressed in his non-philosophical roles, such as a Librarian and Historian of English history. A fair amount of detail is put into Hume's views for an introductory book, but just as a thought (not a criticism), could more be said about Hume's relationship with other Sco ...more
Alper
Understanding Hume (or other philosophers) would hardly be like listening to a football match live on radio. This book (and other books of the Series) certainly is not about fully grasping Hume (or other philosophers), rather can be considered as a preliminary testing if Hume is the right philosopher for you and if you should start his, say, "Treatise of Human Nature". Your leaning against a philosopher depends on what life questions you ask, which of them you expect he will respond. The series ...more
Xolrax
Interesante lectura. Concisa, permitiendo un pequeño acercamiento
a las ideas de Hume. Se destaca el humor irónico del autor británico
que hace más amena aún la lectura. Lo mejor, los antecedentes biográficos
enlazados con algo de historia del siglo XVIII. Estimo que en la presentación de la filosofía de Hume, faltó claridad.
William Watkins
I liked the simplicity of the book and the idea, however I learnt more about Hume rather than his ideas. I also felt Strathern was slightly biased and seemed to give his opinion when I really couldn't care less about it. I would prefer a more informative book rather than a gossip about philosophers.
John
The last 10 or so pages of this book are Humean quotes and the preceding pages are heavier on biography or modern consequences of Hume's empiricism. Though Strathern is funnier in this volume than the others I've read, he basically leaves the nitty-gritty in Hume's own words at the end.
Timothy McNeil
Strathern clearly has a selective reading of Hume's philosophical works (nothing on the Clever Knave, nothing on how the mundane life is anathema to philosophical pursuits is mentioned here). Worse, he seems to have a fundamentally flawed view of it, thinking that there is something more than a general reduction to general uncertainty (on principle, not practicality, logic, reason, or experience).

The books also gives a very incomplete account (for the ...in 90 Minutes series) of the subject's li
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Sepehr Lajevardi
دیرگاهی فلسفه برده ی حلقه به گوش الهیات بود تا که در قرن هفده دکارت بنای سست آسال پیش فرض هایی که ایشان بر آن جاهلانه تکیه میزدند را فرو پاشید:
"همه چیز قابل انکار است، جز یک چیز"
پس از دوران دکارت که بنیان گذار فلسفه ی مدرن نامیده می شود، مقبولیت عام دنیای فلسفه از عقل گرایی به تجربه گرایی رو برگرداند. اسقفی زیرک آن را به استدلالی رد کرد و هیوم سه دهه بعد پای به منازعه نهاد

-خلاصه ای از مقدمه ی کتاب
Sam Jones
This is the weakest of Strathern's in 90 Minutes series, at least of those I've read. He shows his personal biases the most glaringly here.

I am reading these books to learn about the philosophers and their theories, not to be told by Strathern who is right and who is wrong.
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Paul Strathern (born 1940) is a British writer and academic. He was born in London, and studied at Trinity College, Dublin, after which he served in the Merchant Navy over a period of two years. He then lived on a Greek island. In 1966 he travelled overland to India and the Himalayas. His novel A Season in Abyssinia won a Somerset Maugham Award in 1972.

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