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By Theodore on 11-21-11
I thought it was OK
This really was a crash course on Socrates. Some poignant facts about him that you can use if you were to be asked any light questions about him but certainly not anything that you can per chance lord over anyone's head with your in dept knowledge. I like how it was brought across by the narrator and I sincerely found sections where I really did laugh out as a result of the Narrator's description and side quip at Socrates himself, minute 29 made me fall off my chair when I heard it and I literally had to call, have my sister purchase the book so we could share in a vicious laughing fit (pauses from writing the review and gives the section a second listen to see if I got the same effect... Yup... Still laughing fit)! If you want real and in dept information on Socrates and Philosophy, I would say pass, if you want a light listen with some quick information on these topics.... take a listen!
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By Robert on 04-28-07
I think I'll try another series
There are few deficiencies in this book. First the author has a strict naturalistic presupposition and simply dismisses as wrong the philosophers who ponder the metaphysical. Secondly, the social and political climate could have been more elucidated.We always need to know to what problem the philosophers was responding. Also, there seems to be a strained bent towards homosexuality with statements such as this was quite normal before the advent of Christianity. Likewise, this is also shown in the telling of a story of Socrates being seduced but not giving in to a "fine specimen" of a man. ("How could he resist!") How that story illuminated Socrates work and life I do not know. There are a few positive points such as the author's effort in not making philosophy too dry and the inclusion of some humor. I also learned a few things about some other Greek thinkers of that time. Not a terrible book but I think I'll try another series.
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