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The Great Philosophers


Anthony Gottlieb



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Weidenfeld & Nicolson
12 January 2021
'If you put me to death,' Socrates warned his Athenian judges, 'you will not easily find anyone to take my place.' So indeed it would prove, a single cup of hemlock robbing the western philosophical tradition of its founding father. Yet Socrates' influence was not so easily to be done away with. His words were lovingly recorded by his devoted disciple Plato, and his teachings have survived for twenty-seven centuries.

His sense of education as self-discovery and his view of philosophy as preparation for life have been the stuff of western thought at its best. So completely did Socrates embody these values, he was prepared to die in their defence.
By:   Anthony Gottlieb
Imprint:   Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 176mm,  Width: 108mm,  Spine: 10mm
Weight:   60g
ISBN:   9781474616768
ISBN 10:   1474616763
Series:   The Great Philosophers
Pages:   80
Publication Date:   12 January 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Anthony Gottlieb is the author of The Dream of Reason: A History of Western Philosophy from the Greeks to the Renaissance and The Dream of Enlightenment: The Rise of Modern Philosophy. He is a former executive editor of The Economist and former Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford.

Reviews for The Great Philosophers: Socrates

Rarely have intellectual sophistication and complexity come so cheap - FINANCIAL TIMES The books should improve the cultural circulation of philosophy by their style as well as their substance - TES A promising venture - THE TIMES The virtue of these deceptively brief books is that they are the real thing - EVENING STANDARD

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