Hume in 90 Minutes

Version: Unabridged
Author: Paul Strathern
Narrator: Robert Whitfield
Genres: Philosophy
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: August 2004
# of Units: 2 CDs
Length: 1 hour, 17 minutes
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Hume reduced philosophy to ruins: he denied the existence of everything—except our actual perceptions themselves. I alone exist, he argued, and the world is nothing more than part of my consciousness. Yet we know that the world remains, and we go on as before. What Hume expressed was the status of our knowledge about the world, a world in which neither religion nor science is certain.
In Hume in 90 Minutes, Paul Strathern offers a concise, expert account of Hume’s life and ideas and explains their influence on man’s struggle to understand his existence in the world. The book also includes selections from Hume’s work, a brief list of suggested readings for those who wish to delve deeper, and chronologies that place Hume within his own age and in the broader scheme of philosophy.

Reviews (2)

Too much biography not enough Philosophy

Written by Adam Hatch from Charlotte, NC on July 31st, 2007

  • Book Rating: 2/5

This book contains a biography of Hume's life while only lightly touching on the content of his works. Well read and well written but not what I expected.

It's a Biography

Written by Anonymous on January 30th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This is the third "in 90 minutes" book I've listened to. This one, like the others, is well written and well read. However, they all emphasize the biography of the philosopher instead of an in depth summary of the ideas of the philosopher. If this is what you are looking for, the "in 90 minutes" series does a great job of it. If you want a solid summary of the philosopher's ideas, you may be disappointed. Good luck!

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.