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Socrates Meets Sartre: The Father Of Philosophy Meets The Founder of Existentialism

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This book is one of a series of Socratic explorations of some of the Great Books. The books in this series are intended to be short, clear, and non-technical, thus fully understandable by beginners. Through such Socratic dialogues, Peter Kreeft introduces (or reviews) the basic questions in the fundamental divisions of philosophy: metaphysics, epistemology, anthropology, e

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Published (first published January 1st 2005)
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Charles Bell
Peter Kreeft is great. I am rereading this now and enjoying it even more the second time. Sarte was obviously brilliant. He assumed that God does not exist and argues his philosophy from that one premise. Of course, if God does not exist then everything is permissible. I respect his brillance but disagree with his conclusions.
Socrates Meets Sartre is a brief, lucid exploration of Sartre's atheistic existentialism; however, it must be read with a critical eye so the writing's weaknesses don't interfere with understanding the philosophy.

Kreeft is a Catholic theologian and philosopher, so he is writing about a philosophy that is at odds with his own. Unfortunately, he frequently puts ad hominem criticisms into the mouth of Socrates in his imagined dialogue between the two philosophers. On the first page, Kreeft says Sar
Wil Roese
Sartre is the father of existentialism. Sartre's ideas follow from his atheism. He admits that if there is no god than there is no law giver and no absolute law. People are, therefor, free to choose their own values and people are the results of the choices they make. He does not prove that god does not exist but chooses to believe that there is no god.
However, unlike Plato's Socrates's which relies on almost entirely on logic Kreeft's Socrates often relies on popular opinion and personal attac
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Peter Kreeft is a Catholic apologist, professor of philosophy at Boston College and The King's College, and author of over 45 books including Fundamentals of the Faith , Everything you Ever Wanted to Know about Heaven , and Back to Virtue . Some consider him the best Catholic philosopher currently residing in the United States. His ideas draw heavily from religious and philosophical tradition, esp ...more
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