Socrates

Socrates

A Man for Our Times

Book - 2011
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Penguin Putnam

A brilliant portrait of the Greek philosopher who personified philosophy.

Socrates was undeniably one of the greatest thinkers of all time, yet he wrote nothing. Throughout his life, and indeed until his very last moment alive, Socrates fully embodied his philosophy in thought and deed. It is through the story of his life that we can fully grasp his powerful actions and ideas.

In his highly acclaimed style, historian Paul Johnson masterfully disentangles centuries of scarce sources to offer a riveting account of a homely but charismatic middle-class man living in Athens in the fifth century b.c., and how what this man thought still shapes the way we decide how to act, and how we fathom the notion of body and soul. Johnson provides a compelling picture of the city and people Socrates reciprocally delighted in, as well as many enlightening and intimate analyses of specific aspects of his personality. Enchantingly portraying "the sheer power of Socrates's mind, and its unique combination of steel, subtlety, and frivolity," Paul Johnson captures the vast and intriguing life of a man who did nothing less than supply the basic apparatus of the human mind.



Baker & Taylor
Illuminates key tenets in the influential philosopher's beliefs through the story of his life, tracing his middle-class existence against a backdrop of fifth century B.C. Athens while sharing analyses of specific aspects of his personality.

Baker
& Taylor

Illuminates key tenets in the influential philosopher's beliefs through the story of his life, tracing his middle-class existence against a vibrant backdrop of fifth century B.C. Athens while sharing intimate analyses of specific aspects of his personality. By the best-selling author of Churchill. 40,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2011
ISBN: 9780670023035
0670023035
Characteristics: ix, 208 p. ; 22 cm

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