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Socrates: Philosophy in an Hour

Socrates: Philosophy in an Hour [Kindle Edition]

Paul Strathern
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Philosophy for busy people. Read a succinct account of the philosophy of Socrates in just one hour.

Socrates is widely renowned as one of the founders of Western philosophy, despite the fact that his ideas survive largely through the work of his pupil Plato. Socrates’ dialectic – a method of aggressive questioning – was the forerunner of logic; he used it to cut through the pretentions of his adversaries and arrive at the truth. Socrates placed philosophy on the sound basis of reason, believing it to be better to question ourselves rather than the world around us and viewing the world as inaccessible to our senses – only to thought. Charged with impiety and the corruption of youth Socrates was eventually tried and sentenced to death, ending his life by drinking the judicial hemlock.

Here is a concise, expert account of Socrates’ life and philosophical ideas – entertainingly written and easy to understand. Also included are selections from Socrates’ work, suggested further reading, and chronologies that place Socrates in the context of the broader scheme of philosophy.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good readable summary 13 Feb 2013
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Excellent precis for the general reader of Socrates time and thought. Can be read at a short sitting. Good for teachers too.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Vague 18 July 2013
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I would have liked to have read more of what his philosophy was as opposed to the man himself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and informative 20 Oct 2013
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I liked this. Well written and authoritative, while conceding that there is much uncertainty in this subject. Enjoyed the author's wry humour. His own prejudices were sometimes evident, but I imagine he would be philosopher enough to agree.
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3.0 out of 5 stars ancient history revived 17 Sep 2013
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we all have heard of Socrates and this helps to bring this personality back into focus. covers major events of his life and influence not in great depth but sufficient to be useful
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4.0 out of 5 stars a good outline 22 July 2013
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a worthwhile synopsis and an easy read. I would have liked a little more Socrates and less Plato but all in all O.K. I understand of course that little is known of Socrates apart from the snippits from contemporaries and, of course, Plato.
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