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Where does A Brief History of the Philosophy of Time rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Middling - recapped older material well, but little awareness or insight into post-1920 discussions.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
Good discussions of Aristotles views and their segue in Islamic and Western philosophy - good discussion of Augustine and Kant.
Not much insight re Hegel and historical temporality, and little mention of Nietzsche. No serious engagement with phenomenology or postmodern critiques.
Relativity gets its due, but it is not woven well into the post-Kantian thread. To get wonky - Einstein's temporal/ontological views are rather naive, and a critique from the POV of, say, Nietzsche or Derrida would have been interesting. Not to settle who is right - but to illuminate the issues.
Would you listen to another book narrated by Sean Runnette?
Not particularly - ponderous tone, not bad, but not inviting
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Not that type of book - good for reading n short chunks.
Any additional comments?
Heidegger - Author is either unaware of Heidegger's immensely important book Being and Time, or chooses to suppress the thoughts of a notorious Nazi sympathizer.
Politics aside, Heidegger develops an intricate view of temporality as the structure and horizon of all conscious being that moves far beyond Kant. Agree or not, these ideas have influenced many later writers from Derrida to Foucault, and deserved inclusion.
This was disappointing, given the title of the book.
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the history of philosophy time in the first half of the book was interesting, and I learned a few things, but the second half involves discussions on a few embarrassing themes -- a desperate grasping for conceptual innovation that fails miserably (ie drivel typical academic Philosophy)
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