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Rousseau in 90 Minutes (Philosophers in 90 Minutes)

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In Rousseau we encounter a walking ego, a naked sensibility. Feeling triumphs over intellectual argument in his works, which are both deeply stirring and deeply inconsistent. Yet while his contemporaries Kant and Hume may have been superior academic philosophers, the sheer power of Rousseau's ideas was unequaled in his time. It was he who encouraged the introduction of bot ...more
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Published December 1st 2004 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published January 28th 2002)
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Arash Kamangir
May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rob Haas
Feb 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, politics
Rousseau is good for about 20 minutes of this 90 minute installment. The author did a great job, the subject matter, however, is not not so great.

He tries to pawn off a slight variation of social contract theory as something new and original. Check out Thomas Hobbes if you want something more substantial.

Morals and advice from the guy who left his 5 kids at the local orphanage "to better enhance his intellect" thanks. education advice from a guy who openly writes about how he would like sed
If you are looking more for a brief biographical sketch of the philosopher Roussea this book would serve this purpose. I read this book for this primary purpose, to understand the life and his time that drove his philosophy. Like other books in this series, the author does not go in-depth with Rousseau’s ideas and left me hungry wanting to know more of his thought. In terms of his life, Roussea was quite a character, and rampantly promiscuous even at an early age. From the author’s narrative and ...more
M Pereira
Interesting introductory book. Light on the ideas side, but it does acknowledge the wide career of the Philosophy Rousseau, including his composer monikker for instance. The author gives an interesting uncharitable view to Rousseau, which I found appealing: Rousseau is a man who has many psychological issues relating to relationships with women and he's a bit of a sleaze at times, but yet he's still one of the truly great Enlightenment philosophers. It's strange that. After all of the influentia ...more
Timothy McNeil
It is refreshing to see Strathern take on a subject he doesn't openly find laughable (which seems to be the case with Heidegger and Kant), but much of the humor is missing as well. Likewise, I felt that I got much less a sense of the man and his history than I did from Rousseau's Dog (which is, I grant, much longer, but is also not entirely focused on Rousseau). I would have preferred more space been given to an examination of Rousseau's central ideas rather than to try to graft Soviet Communism ...more
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think of all the (Enter Philosophers Name Here) in 90 Minutes books this one was my favorite. I knew nothing of Rousseau going in and now I feel I have a rudimentary understanding of his life and thought. Some of the other volumes did not do that for me.
Dec 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very readable introduction to the life and thought of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, the father of romanticism, and one of the fathers of the French Revolution. Points out many of his radical ideas which are givens in our time, for better or worse.
(_.- Jared -._) ₪ Book Nerd ₪
Short and concise. Not bad. Mostly about the man and not as much about his philosophy. Read Rousseau's works if you want to get more out of it.
May 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
excellent. did not know much prior to listening to this audio version.
Pooya Kiani
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you're looking for a quick, brief overview of Rousseau, this is it.
Nov 08, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
short, sweet, informative. easy digest format.
Chancellor Fangirl
Informative and fun, I think my favorite phrase was something like "relaxed virtue." I'm definitely going to listen to more of this series.
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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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