Locke: Philosophy in an Hour

  • by Paul Strathern
  • Narrated by Jonathan Keeble
  • 1 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Philosophy for busy people. Listen to this succinct account of the philosophy of Locke in just one hour.
Much of Locke's thought we would now regard as common sense. One of the most influential of Enlightenment thinkers; his philosophy was to lay the foundations of empiricism with its belief that our knowledge of the world is based on experience. Locke's work introduced the idea of liberal democracy - a concept that has become the shibboleth of Western civilisation. People who can't even spell philosophy are now likely to accept these ideas; just over three centuries ago they were incomprehensible.
This is an audiobook that depicts Locke's life and his philosophical ideas. It's entertainingly written and above all easy listening. Also included are selections from Locke's work, suggested further reading, and chronologies that place Locke in the context of the broader scheme of philosophy.

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Locke is boring says Strathern

This should be called Locke philosophy in 7 minutes, as the rest was taken up with childish sniggering about his love letters to various women and the repeated claim that Locke is too boring to warrant further study. Exceptionally disappointed
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- Mr. A. N. Wood

The Dog's Bollocks

What made the experience of listening to Locke: Philosophy in an Hour the most enjoyable?

The off the cuff definition of structuralism was superb. Strathern is brilliant - it's Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy meets the History of Western Philosophy with a good dose of John Aubrey. When it comes to philosophy primers, many are called, few are chosen: this series is up there.


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- Dysmus

Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-07-2013
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited