St Augustine: Philosophy in an Hour

  • by Paul Strathern
  • Narrated by Jonathan Keeble
  • 1 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Philosophy for busy people. Listen to a succinct account of the philosophy of St Augustine in just one hour.
Augustine's Confessions details his personal struggles with morality, his spiritual crisis and the conversion to Christianity that ultimately led him to his major contribution to philosophy: the fusion of the doctrines of Christianity and Neoplatonism. This provided Christianity with a strong intellectual backing by tying it to the Greek tradition of philosophy. Augustine also produced important philosophic ideas of his own, including theories of time and subjective knowledge that anticipated by many centuries the work of Kant and Descartes.
Here is a concise, expert account of St Augustine's life and philosophical ideas - entertainingly written and easy to understand. Also included are selections from St Augustine's work, suggested further reading, and chronologies that place St Augustine in the context of the broader scheme of philosophy.

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"Well-written, clear and informed, they have a breezy wit about them . . .I find them hard to stop reading" (New York Times)
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Hilarious delivery

Keeble executes this perfectly, he really turns what would be a rather drab revision session into an hour of sporadic laughter. Sly wit and all. Loved it.
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- belinda

Excellent

It gives enough food for thought in one hour. I like the style of presentation.

I recommend this to all students and instructors of philosophy. At times I could tell that the author was rushing through complex ideas too quickly, but that is understandable as the length of the audiobook is only one hour. I have one comment, the author makes judgemental statements, referring to some subjects of theology that Augustine has worked on as unworthy while praising his works on philosophy. Discussions on theology have their importance too and should not be ill-judged by those who value philosophy.

I give it a 5 star overall. As it is an excellent overall brief introduction to St Augustine.
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- Bapir

Book Details

  • Release Date: 30-05-2013
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited