Descartes in 90 Minutes

Version: Unabridged
Author: Paul Strathern
Narrator: Robert Whitfield
Genres: Philosophy
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: November 2003
# of Units: 2 CDs
Length: 1 hour, 17 minutes
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René Descartes spent most of his childhood in solitude, a situation that also came to characterize his adult life. Fortunately, these countless lonely hours helped Descartes produce the declaration that changed all philosophy: "I think, therefore I am." Eventually convincing himself to doubt and disregard sensory knowledge, Descartes found he could prove his existence through his thoughts. This internal information, he believed, was the true reality and external forces were hopelessly deceiving.

Reviews (3)

Descartes in 90 minutes

Written by roberto carlos aguiar from Miami, FL on October 31st, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Excellent audiobook. Highly recommended because really enjoyed learning about Descartes' great life.

Descartes in 90 Minutes

Written by Douglas Carney on November 2nd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Very much an overview. Not as informative as I thought. Fairly easy to listen to, though.

Descartes in 90 Minutes

Written by Anonymous on October 12th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I was disappointed in this audio book, because it was primarily a biography rather than primarily his philosophical thought.

Author Details

Author Details

Strathern, Paul

Paul Strathern (1940-) is a British writer and academic. He was born in London, and studied at Trinity College, Dublin. His novel A Season in Abyssinia won a Somerset Maugham Award in 1972. Besides five novels, he has also written numerous books on science, philosophy, history, literature, medicine and economics. He is the author of two successful series of short introductory books: Philosophers in 90 Minutes and The Big Idea: Scientists Who Changed the World. His book on the history of chemistry entitled Mendeleyev's Dream (2001) was short-listed for the Aventis Prize, and his works have been translated into over two dozen languages. He is the author of the best-selling 'The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance', and his most recent work 'Napoleon in Egypt' came out in May 2007.

Strathern was a lecturer at Kingston University where he taught philosophy and science. He lives in London, and has three grandchildren: Tristan, Julian and Opajoke.