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Publisher's Summary

Socrates was the first great philosopher of the West. Though he left no written works, there were many accounts of his life and philosophy. Socrates was an eccentric who went about Athens in bare feet and tattered clothes engaging people in philosophical conversations and exposing the contradictions in their claims of knowledge. Socrates himself never claimed definitive knowledge, but he made enemies among those he refuted and embarrassed with his persistent questioning. While deeply interested in self-knowledge and virtue, Socrates believed that we cannot definitively establish truth or absolute knowledge, that we can only refute wrong thinking. When he was sentenced to death for impiety, Socrates bravely accepted the rule of law rather than lie about his views. His methods have set timeless standards for the relentless pursuit of truth.

The World of Philosophy series is a dramatic presentation, in understandable language, of the concerns, questions, interests, and overall outlook of the world's great philosophers and philosophical traditions. Special emphasis on clear and relevant explanations gives you a new arsenal of insights toward living a better life. 

©1995 Carmichael & Carmichael, Inc. / Knowledge Products

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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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Not what I expected.

There's so much hype around this man yet the only thing he did was troll people by asking "are you sure about that" and "but if you turn it on its head I b looks like this". performance is awesome with different voices and story is good too.

What I learned: if you are sure check again, if you checked twice and still think so you're wrong.

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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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too bad....

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

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  • 06-14-21

Short and Packed

Maybe like Socrates himself? For someone who never wrote anything down and lived so long ago, it’s amazing that in this day and age we still look to him. Maybe the mystery of who he was has something to do with his hold on us… this provides a great overview of someone we know little about and are still, to this day (and beyond), learning about.

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An amazing reading!

A quick and motivating reading about the life of one of the first and greatest thinkers of all time. You will find in these general subjects about the life of Socrates.

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Excellent Overview

Concise, well explored, deep, and well produced. Narration is fantastic and eloquent. The brevity in general was written with what feels like great discipline to help produce a solid audiobook.

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Socrates put in context

The narrator Lynn Redgrave convinced me to download this free audible book.
I am so appreciative that I did so!
Framed by her wonderful narration and the somewhat funnily stereotypically accented quotes at the end, this is a wonderful survey summation of the “essential” Socrates, inspiring me to want more!
Thank you Audible for including this in my subscription!

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Such a well presented discussion of Socrates and in general a very well done audio

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exhilarating and inspirational

most inspirational most thoughtful and insightful to intellectually hearing and study retuning again and again

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-30-22

Great stuff

Loved every bit, and the narration was great. And the book/chapters are well structured.

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  • 04-30-22

Horrible narration

The horrible narration makes it all too unpleasant.
Do not bother with this audio book!

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  • ludwig
  • 04-20-22

It should have more about Plato

Because as we all know Socrates didn't write anything, all his teaching we know through Plato who was his pupil and more or less memorized and transported what he was saying.

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  • Craig C
  • 04-18-22

A short but interesting summary of history’s favourite nutjob

Philosophy is a subject that I find deeply interesting, but unfortunately know very little about. Therefore, being included with an active membership, this appealed to me.

Despite not being very in depth, I found the contents engaging and thought-provoking. Enough to convince me that this is definitely a subject I’d like to dive deeper into. I now plan to explore more of Plato and his dialogues.

The narration and excerpts are beautifully performed by everyone involved. Well worth a listen.

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  • Allen K
  • 03-11-22

Great Summary

Great summary of understanding the man or the myth, this guy might not have actually existed and was just a story, but a really good one

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-09-22

no bad

overall good 👍, thank you
thank you, thank you ,thank you,thank you ,thank you,very nice

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  • Tom O'Rourke
  • 09-26-21

Excellent

For the lifelong learners, these audiobooks are a foundation of strength to all sentient's

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  • 05-04-17

It was a good book. more about cynicism is better.

I have seen not to many books that cover the story about CYNICISM. I would like to suggest that the subject is needed as we live in a age where one can fall into the trap of cynics territory. People are also confused about the way people act and can actually think a person is cynical in this fast moving age when they are not. Please help people become aware of this fact.

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  • DAZNAM
  • 01-20-22

History of thinking relvant still today.

Very enjoyable. I feel informed on Socrates now. A nice concise history and overview. What a unique person in history.