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St. Augustine in 90 Minutes (Philosophers in 90 Minutes)

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Augustine's struggles with sex and a domineering mother, followed by his spiritual crisis and conversion to Christianity - detailed in his Confessions - ultimately led him to his major contribution to philosophy: the fusion of the two doctrines of Christianity and Neoplatonism. This not only provided Christianity with a strong intellectual backing but tied it to the Greek ...more
Paperback, 89 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by Ivan R. Dee Publisher (first published 1997)
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As I said in previous reviews, this series of works introducing the readers to different philosophers has been rather disappointing and now I think I’ve found the most disappointing one in the series. The disappointment started with the very beginning of the book when the author wondered out loud about what’s the big deal with Augustine’s obsession with his guilt over his sexual sins and joked about it. I think if the author would have had a deeper wrestling with Augustine’s Confessions, one mig ...more
this series of authors/philosophers in 90 minutes has been a treat. alas. strathern had too many snide remarks and not much substance to share on st augustine and on thomas aquinas. perhaps his world view doesn't allow for honest assessment of these writings and instead he chose to focus on unnecessary and personal responses to two men and their writings which have made serious contribution to collected thoughts. ah well. such is life. not recommended. there's not much substance here only clever ...more
Brian C Albrecht
I don't know what caused me to read this book, but it was a mistake. I have left with no knowledge of Augustine's philosophy beyond sex is bad. The author comes across as nothing more than a condescending critic who thinks Christian philosophy is a joke. The unneeded comments sprinkled throughout add nothing to the understanding of Augustine's philosophy or the history. The only redeeming quality is a part purely of quotations by Augustine. Now I'll go to what I should have done in the first pla ...more
Patty Marvel
As part of the need to continue feeding my head after college, I got the Playaway version of this book from the library. The back of the box the device came in reads "Augustine’s spiritual crisis and conversion to Christianity, detailed in his 'Confession,' ultimately led to his major contribution to philosophy: the fusion of the two doctrines of Christianity and Neoplationism." There’s probably something a little off about an atheist listening to a nutshell version of Christian-influenced philo ...more
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Timothy McNeil
Strathern goes exceedingly light on City of God (something my own Philosophy profs did not do when discussing Austine) and spends as much time lamenting the effect of a restrictive religious orthodoxy on philosophical thought as exploring Augustine's contributions to the field of philosophy. Now, having personally embarrassed a visiting grad student (and his professor) by suggesting that the academic orthodoxy of philosophical thought is not much different -- yes, being killed for heresy is wors ...more
Billy Sheppard
I love this series. Strathern delivers a pithy summary of the important dates and details, along with anecdotes and historical context, a timeline, and more. Great series, especially taken together as a long book of great thought and biography.
Interesting overview. Loved the dry humor throughout. Obviously, you don't get the nitty-gritty, and the author definitely has a perspective on what he's saying (the story he's telling is slanted by his personal philosophy), but it's good.
Was hoping for a decent overview of St. Augustine and his contributions to religion and philosophy and instead got a heavily biased overview by someone that preferred to mock instead of attempt to understand.
Makes reading The Confessions of Saint Augustine a little bit easier.
Definitely for beginners and early intermediates. The format of the " 90 Minutes" series is good because after an overview of the given philosopher's life and works, it includes more than a dozen excerpts from the works, in this case Augustine, along with a chronological listing of important dates in the history of philosophy. Yet to deliver these philosophers -- especially Augustine -- to today's audience, a heavy dose of sarcasm is delivered regarding some matters of Augustine's life and ...more
sohrab narestan
بررسی گذرا و کوتاهِ زندگی و طرح بسیار مختصرافکار جالب و غیر جالب اگوستین و تصویر جریانات شکل گرفته پس از او و تاثیراتی که بر جوامع و متفکران مختلف گذاشته در این حجم کم، این فکر رو به ذهن آدم میاره که شاید قدری بیش از حد کوتاه به تقریر در اومده. بهرحال از جالب ترین نکات قابل درک از کتاب، اتلاف استعدادهای بی نظیر و افکار بسیار عمیق به مسائل بعضاً بسیار عبث و بیهوده در برهه ی مشخصی از زمان(وجفرافیا!)میتونه باشه
The author seemed very biased against Augustine and Christianity in general. He seemed to support many of the anti-Christian Greek philosophies of Augustine's time.

If you want to learn about St. Augustine, just read his writings first.
I wish someone had just told him that sex was okay and that mother doesn't necessarily always know best...
Michael Thomaz
Serve pra ter uma boa idéia de quem foi Santo Agostinho. Leitura curta, porém bastante proveitosa.
Major Doug
Listened to this book: 'lord, grant me chastity; but not yet..' = funny!
Too little summary and explanation, too much analysis and critique.
Book tape. Quite cynical view of Catholicism.
interesting and easy to understand. concise.
Bogdan Liviu
"Love the sinner, but hate the sin."
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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.

Besides five novels, he has also written nume
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