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Essential Thinkers - Socrates

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For Socrates, as for Jesus Christ, we have few biographical details, and nearly all those we have come from his greatest admirer. But it is clear that Socrates contributed three new ideas to the development of philosophy: that goodness consists not in helping friends and harming enemies, but in not harming anybody at all; that goodness and knowledge are one and the same ...more
Hardcover, 491 pages
Published January 15th 2004 by Barnes & Noble Books (first published 2004)
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Apr 30, 2013 David rated it it was amazing
This pocket guide to Socrates is a fine selection of dialogues and comedies that help paint a solid picture of a great figure in western philosophy. Socrates is earliest of the three most famous names in Greek philosophy, with Plato and then Aristotle following in turn, each as a student/listener of the philosopher preceding him (while not a philosopher you could perhaps continue that lineage when noting that Alexander the Great was a student of Aristotle). Since Socrates himself never wrote ...more
Isaiah Galarza
It was SOOOOO long-winded and boring. I'm just not really into this kind've stuff anymore. I'll read the Cliffnotes, thank you. I had to put it down, I couldn't finish it.
But it WAS interesting reading the little hints of Socrates' character... his love and passions. When speaking you a rather beautiful and robust youthful boy, Socrates said "...I caught sight of the inwards of his garment and took the flame. Then I could longer contain myself." Socrates just had to engage with him.

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Jun 03, 2013 Dawn rated it it was ok
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Still not much a Socrates fan. I had to read his works in high school, I had to study him in a philosophy course in college, in history, but I thought if I read it on my own my opinion and takeaway might change. It did not change much, but probably because there are no actual writings from Socrates himself; instead, his lessons were carried down by his pupil Plato in such a way that sounded part philosophy, part hero worship.
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The philosopher Socrates remains, as he was in his lifetime (469–399 B.C.E.), an enigma, an inscrutable individual who, despite having written nothing, is considered one of the handful of philosophers who forever changed how philosophy itself was to be conceived. All our information about him is second-hand and most of it vigorously disputed, but his trial and death at the hands of the Athenian ...more
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