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Aristotle in 90 Minutes

By: Paul Strathern
Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
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Aristotle wrote on everything from the shape of seashells to sterility, from speculations on the nature of the soul to meteorology, poetry, art, and even the interpretation of dreams. Apart from mathematics, he transformed every field of knowledge that he touched. Above all, Aristotle is credited with the founding of logic. When he first divided human knowledge into separate categories, he enabled our understanding of the world to develop in a systematic fashion.

In Aristotle in 90 Minutes, Paul Strathern offers a concise, expert account of Aristotle's life and ideas and explains their influence on man's struggle to understand his existence in the world.

©1996 Paul Strathern (P)2003 Blackstone Audiobooks

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Misrepresentation of Aristotle

I understand that this is a beginners book, but I had hoped that it would actually be fair to Aristotle's thought. The authors seem to demean his position and unfairly characterize them. Being a philosopher by trade, I was disappointed to see one of the greatest minds treated in such a dismissive manner. Sure, Aristotle got some things wrong, but it seems like the book was taking a stance that science has now replaced and superceded not only Aristotle, but philosophy itself, which is a simplistic and flawed worldview. This is the second book in this series I've read and will probably be the last as both suffer from the same problems.

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Trying to be a novelist

Not enough Aristotle. Too much waisted space on uselessness. I tend to think the writer has a higher opoinion if himself than his subject matter.

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Presentation Fine, Content Not Great

More time spent on authors' analysis of Aristotle then the philosophy of Aristotle itself.

Some great and detailed biographical details, if biography is what you're after, but you won't come out of this as someone who gets Aristotle if you didn't go in that way.

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Concise, but surprisingly thorough

This was a really interesting little foray into Aristotle's life and theories. As advertised, it is very brief, and while not surprisingly packed with facts: dates, names, locations and quotations, it is not the least bit boring (not if you enjoy learning about history or just want a quick refresher on historic figures). The material is presented with a wry humor, smooth narration, and topical clarity that made it a very enjoyable 90 minute background entertainment. I highly recommend it and look forward to the next in the series.

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Overview of Aristotle.

It’s the facts, place, time and what happened with whom.
Has timeline of events at the end.

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Quick read ok not great

Hard to get all in on the subject in short time. But it’s free so worth a listen.

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Great story

This would definitely get the newcomer to philosophy interested.very well read and written. Two thumbs up.

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Super boring

I thought this might be an easy way to learn about Aristotle, but it was written in a way that seemed like it was for philosophy majors not the average person. Hoping it would be a little easier to keep track of all the people and various ways of thinking.

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So personal and intelligectual

I love the way this audiobook was presented. The way I learned about Aristotle and had philosophical ideas reinforced was satisfying

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like an entire undergrad degree in one

everything you need to know in one book about the man that used to take 9 college courses . love it