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Socrates: A Man for Our Times
 
 
Author
Paul Johnson.
Publisher Viking  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9780670023035
Pages/Publication Date 208/2011
Daedalus Item Code 38252
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Hailed as one of the greatest thinkers of all time, and often identified as the father of philosophy, Socrates left no writing of his own; all that we know of his life and ideas comes to us from the works of his student Plato and other contemporaries. Yet his thought is as important today as it was then, says Paul Johnson: Socrates taught—and indeed strove to embody—the credo that there is great meaning in how each of us chooses to live and die. Also the author of Darwin: Portrait of a Genius and Jesus: A Biography from a Believer, Johnson portrays "the sheer power of Socrates's mind, and its unique combination of steel, subtlety, and frivolity," succinctly capturing the life of a man who did nothing less than supply the basic apparatus of the human mind.

"A wonderfully readable account of life in Athens, its political quarrels, and its failures. As good as a murder mystery, Johnson's narrative is exciting."—Library Journal

 
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