In his forty years of teaching philosophy, Kreeft says the most effective way to accomplish this purpose is to read ophy means “the love of wisdom. “The popular author and philosophy professor Peter Kreeft presents this introduction to philosophy to help beginners not only to understand philosophy but also. After teaching philosophy for forty years, Peter Kreeft finds reading the Apology of Socrates to be the most effective way to help beginners “fall in love” with.

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If we are not Sophists “wise men” but philosophers “lovers of wisdom” ; if wisdom’s home is not here but its loving, longing pursuit is; then in “letting God have the last pnilosophy that is, deliberately ending with the word “God”Socrates shows that he does “know himself”. And, Socrates, I told the truth. This book will show what Philosophy is — friendship with wisdom Wisdom is more than knowledge. But he, Socrates, the innocent victim of Anytos, Meletos, and Lycon, is a better man.

Later, he would un- derstand the other half: What- ever the political or psychological uses or misuses kreetf these words, that is what they mean. One of the main strengths of this book is its ability to narrow complex topics into practical — but not overly simplified — gems of information that the reader can glean.

Arguably the main strength of the Kreeft thesis is that philosophy takes no prisoners. Philosophy, the pursuit of wisdom, cannot be taught.

Why should the philosopher fear death?

Full text of “Philosophy by Socrates: An Introduction to Philosophy via Plato’s Apology”

One way it does this is by teaching us the paradox that “no evil can happen to a good man philosopht liv- ing or dead. He does this right after arguing that it can be taught be- cause it is knowledge: In other words, what awaits us after death is either annihilation, heaven, hell, or Purgatory.


Oct 02, Ibtihal Mahmood rated it liked it. And anyone interested in dipping their toe in the water of philosophical thought owes it to himself to give him a moment’s time. Irony is the contrast be- tween appearance and reality, between vAax seems and what is, or between what we expect and what we dis- cover.

Johnson says that he knows of no thought that so wonderfully clarifies a man’s mind as the thought that tomorrow morning he will be hanged. Lists with This Book. An individual has three possible standards philpsophy liv- ing, and when any two of them conflict, one must be conformed to obeyed and the other not conformed to disobeyed. Was it not also stated, Euthyphro, that the gods revolt and differ with each other, and that hatreds come between them?

He concludes this part of the book with reactions of an atheist; theist; agnostic; and religious Jew, Christian, or Muslim would have toward Euthyphro. This is this book’s purpose too. Indeed, I have had many accusers complain- ing to you, and for a long time, for many years now, and with not a word of truth to say; these I fear, rather than Anytos and his friends, although they, too, are dangerous; but the others are more dangerous, gentle- men, who got hold of most of you while you were boys, and persuaded you.

Terms must be clearly defined, reasons and evidence given, and assumptions ex- posed. Introduction to Socrates, 2. He will be executed because he seems to Athens to be guilty of “not be- lieving in the gods the state believed in but in other gods instead”.

For if one comes to the house of Hades [the world of the dead], rid of those who dub themselves judges, and finds those kreevt truly are judges. One kind is a hope; the other is a certainty.


Philosophy 101 by Socrates: An Introduction to Philosophy via Plato’s Apology

I never would believe that you were prosecuting anybody else. For if you philosopby me to death, you will not eas- ily find such another, really like something stuck on the state by the god, though it is rather laughable to say so; for the state is like a big thoroughbred horse, so big that he is a bit slow and heavy, and wants a gadfly to wake him up. May 29, Laurie rated it it was amazing.

The book is light on history, and only mentioned when practical. We could almost say that according to Socrates, anything worth teaching cannot be taught, and any- thing teachable is hardly worth teaching. For if you read any great book actively, especially if the book is in dialogue form, as Plato’s are, you find it talking to you: Philosophy is death-defying “It’s a matter of life or death!

For those unfamiliar with this series of books, Dr. In the past, its form was mainly oratory, that is, speechmaking, either political or religious or legal. Many of the ancients thought the stars controlled everything on earth.

Philosophy 101 by Socrates: An Introduction to Philosophy Via Plato’s Apology

The gap between Soc- rates and all his predecessors is far greater than the gap between any two of his successors. Socrates describes philosophy as a military obliga- tion given to him by the god.

So, in the name of heaven, tell me now about the matter you just felt sure you knew quite thor- oughly.