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In this book, Christopher Taylor explores the relationship between the historical Socrates and the engaging and infuriating figure who appears in Plato's dialogues, and examines the enduring image of Socrates as the ideal exemplar of the philosophic life - a thinker whose moral and intellectual integrity permeated every detail of his life, even in the face of betrayal and execution by his fellow Athenians.

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©2001 Christopher C. W. Taylor (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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Fantastic Introduction

Most of the books in the Past Masters series serve as excellent introductions to the profound insights and complex ideas produced by humanity's greatest thinkers. Cristopher Taylor's edition on Socrates is no exception. Perhaps the most important philosopher in history, the thoughts of Socrates remain as valuable today as they were more than two thousand years ago. Many of Socrates' ideas still serve as the foundation of much modern thought and retain the power to stimulate the most critical of intellects. Taylor does an excellent job of describing the many important aspects of both Socrates' life and his ideas. The book provides a short biography, examines the validity and reliability of what his contemporaries wrote about him (Socrates wrote nothing himself), examines his influence on Plato while exploring the distinctions between the two great thinkers, and provides a thorough and enlightening summation of Socrates' main ideas (especially in regards to ethics). This book should serve as an enjoyable and informative read for both the casual reader and the philosophical enthusiast.

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This book is Great! We need more VSI Philophers!!

This book is great!!
We need more audio books from this collection about philosophers!
I am really looking forward to listen to Habermas, Kant, Marx, Descartes, Hume, Gandhi, Kierkegaard, Rousseau , Wittgenstein, Thomas Aquinas, Foucault and others Philosophers, although I have it all in paperback, it will be so nice to listen too!
Thank you for providing such a great collection for all we listeners!
Cheers!

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The Problems of Philosophy

The book gives usefull insights about Socrates's life and ideas. The fundamental themes in Socrates's philosophy are exposed with clarity, allowing the listener to be educated in the matter. In the words of Plato and other greek thinkers, Socrates's reflections are discussed. Definitely an usefull listening and a great introduction in the problems of philosophy.