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Socrates: The Man and His Thought | [A. E. Taylor]

Socrates: The Man and His Thought

Without question the finest short biography of the world's greatest philosopher, Socrates provides us with an excellent introduction to Socratic thought. Although Socrates himself left no writings, Professor Taylor consolidates all that can be known about the life and death of Socrates through the Dialogues of Plato, Aristotle's treatises, and Xenophon's discourses. Socrates believed that virtue is knowledge; all wickedness, he said is due to ignorance. In his teaching, Socrates sought the universal definition of virtue through particulars. Aristotle credits him with developing the inductive method. With self-knowledge as the foundation for inquiry, Socrates would save men from leading "unexamined" lives. Taylor reveals Socrates as "the man who created the intellectual and moral tradition by which Europe has ever since lived" and "an original genius in whose character there was a unique blend of the passionate lover, the religious mystic, the eager rationalist, and the humorist."
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Without question the finest short biography of the world's greatest philosopher, Socrates provides us with an excellent introduction to Socratic thought. Although Socrates himself left no writings, Professor Taylor consolidates all that can be known about the life and death of Socrates through the Dialogues of Plato, Aristotle's treatises, and Xenophon's discourses.
Socrates believed that virtue is knowledge; all wickedness, he said is due to ignorance. In his teaching, Socrates sought the universal definition of virtue through particulars. Aristotle credits him with developing the inductive method. With self-knowledge as the foundation for inquiry, Socrates would save men from leading "unexamined" lives.
Taylor reveals Socrates as "the man who created the intellectual and moral tradition by which Europe has ever since lived" and "an original genius in whose character there was a unique blend of the passionate lover, the religious mystic, the eager rationalist, and the humorist."

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    Dan Fortville , IN, USA 01-18-10
    Dan Fortville , IN, USA 01-18-10
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    "Good book-poor narration"

    The book by A.E. Taylor is worth the listen. However the narration leaves a little to be desired.

    In the first hour of this audiobook the narrator stumbles over a few words. At one point an airplane flies overhead which is clearly discernible on the recording. The narration also either has an echo or the recording took place where there was a crowd in close proximity.

    Again the material of the book is top-shelf but the narration could have been better.

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    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 02-26-13
    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2008

    College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.

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    "Interesting Study"

    of the historical Socrates and his philosophy. Using mainly the accounts of Aristotle and the early dialogues of Plato, Taylor teases out the character and teachings of the real Socrates. A brief but worthwhile work for the student of philosophy and philosophers.

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    Nicholas PASCO, WA, United States 04-17-13
    Nicholas PASCO, WA, United States 04-17-13 Member Since 2012

    I have a hard time reading/listening to true fiction books. I think this is because my main reason for reading is to learn and not necessarily just for enjoyment, although I do read many historical fiction books. Favorites history/biography books and science/tech info books.

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    If you could sum up Socrates in three words, what would they be?

    I didnt know much about socrates so it was worth the listen just to gain the basic knowledge about him. Cant say it was super duper engaging but I'm glad I listened. Cant say that for all the books I've listened to.


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    this guy's voice is so affected...the material could be interesting, but the reader just spoils it for me.

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