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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
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Published April 1st 1997 by Ivan R. Dee Publisher (first published 1997)
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Jun 10, 2016 Joseph rated it really liked it
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Augustine struggles against his terrible lust which does not elaborate on except to say how terrible it was but tries to find the answers in his own way. He turned to God -- "Give me chastity and continence, but not just yet." He bounced around and asked a lot of questions of different sects. Fell into Neoplatonism and found some answers. Combined it with Christianity and found something he could believe in. He made some brilliant arguments a
Feb 19, 2016 Carmen rated it did not like it
Por curiosidad me puse a leer este libro de una serie de panfletillos sobre filósofos "en 90 minutos". Me esperaba algo flojo, incompleto, pero que pudiera servir para animar a la lectura de buenos libros de Filosofía. No es así. Es un firme candidato a peor libro del año. Es increíble que un tipo que, por lo visto, ha impartido clases de Filosofía, demuestre una ignorancia tan abismal. Demuestra no entender no ya el pensamiento de Agustín, sino la Filosofía en general. La Teología y la Metafísi ...more
Feb 05, 2014 Jimmy rated it did not like it
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
Nov 15, 2011 Maggie rated it did not like it
Shelves: biography
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
Dec 07, 2011 Brian C Albrecht rated it did not like it
Shelves: history, faith
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
Renan Rossi
Apr 10, 2016 Renan Rossi rated it did not like it
Não é um livro do qual eu possa dizer que gostei. Muito pelo contrário. O autor não traz informações senão superficiais a respeito de Santo Agostinho e, normalmente, o faz com um tom depreciativo, de brincadeira, o que em nada contribui para um real entendimento acerca da obra do filósofo em questão ou do contexto histórico e social em que ela se insere. A posição do autor é a de um iluminista fanfarrão, que acredita que a Idade Média foi um período das trevas, tão somente, e desconsidera toda a ...more
Patty Marvel
Oct 27, 2012 Patty Marvel rated it really liked it
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
Apr 05, 2011 Jimmy rated it really liked it
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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
Feb 12, 2014 Mary rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, spiritual
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.
Mar 21, 2014 Michael rated it did not like it
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.
Jan 06, 2016 Diego rated it liked it
Bonito libro para empezar el año y para comprender un poco más a San Agustín.
Oct 09, 2014 Cherie rated it liked it
Makes reading The Confessions of Saint Augustine a little bit easier.
Feb 16, 2008 Colin rated it liked it
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
Arash Kamangir
Apr 12, 2016 Arash Kamangir rated it really liked it
لذت بردم.
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
Billy Sheppard
Dec 04, 2015 Billy Sheppard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 12, 2012 Christian rated it did not like it
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.
May 15, 2009 Lauren rated it liked it
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
Jul 31, 2013 Major Doug rated it liked it
Listened to this book: 'lord, grant me chastity; but not yet..' = funny!
Aug 15, 2013 Michael rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
Too little summary and explanation, too much analysis and critique.
Apr 25, 2011 Patricia rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2011-books, book-tape
Book tape. Quite cynical view of Catholicism.
Apr 05, 2010 Jose rated it it was amazing
interesting and easy to understand. concise.
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Feb 13, 2013 Bogdan Liviu rated it really liked it
"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.

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