Socrates Cafe: A Fresh Taste of Philosophy: A Fresh Taste of Philosophy

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W. W. Norton & Company, Oct 18, 2010 - Philosophy - 256 pages
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"A bracing, rollicking read about the spark that ignites when people start asking meaningful questions." —O Magazine

Christopher Phillips is a man on a mission: to revive the love of questions that Socrates inspired long ago in ancient Athens. "Like a Johnny Appleseed with a master's degree, Phillips has gallivanted back and forth across America, to cafés and coffee shops, senior centers, assisted-living complexes, prisons, libraries, day-care centers, elementary and high schools, and churches, forming lasting communities of inquiry" (Utne Reader). Phillips not only presents the fundamentals of philosophical thought in this "charming, Philosophy for Dummies-type guide" (USA Today); he also recalls what led him to start his itinerant program and re-creates some of the most invigorating sessions, which come to reveal sometimes surprising, often profound reflections on the meaning of love, friendship, work, growing old, and others among Life's Big Questions.

"How to Start Your Own Socrates Café" guide included.

 

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User Review  - bikiechic - LibraryThing

Excellent read! Lots to think about, it even motivated me to find out if a 'Socrates Cafe' existed in Melbourne that I could join. I'm happy to say that I found one, and have been philosophising on a ... Read full review

SOCRATES CAFÉ: Tales of the Examined Life

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A rather juvenile jeremiad against the shallowness of contemporary life.Journalist Phillips wants us to think and question more. He wants modern society to be one giant Athenian agora, with people ... Read full review

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Contents

Socrates Café
5
Seeking Socrates
10
Were Socrates
18
Who is Socrates?
19
What is the Socratic Method?
21
A Dialogue of One
27
II Where Am I?
41
The Misexamined Life
42
Where Was I When I Needed Me?
131
Whats Love Got to Do with it?
141
WHATS IT ALL ABOUT?
149
Remembrance oh Philosophizing Past
150
The Philosophic Spirit
157
Know Thyself at Thine Own Risk
158
Socratic Spirits
163
Out of This World
173

Here Here
47
A Gathering Place
49
It Takes a Community
52
The Quest for Honesty
56
No Place Like Home
58
Homeward Bound
67
Brother Can You Spare a Cell?
72
A Wise Place
79
WHO DO YOU NEED?
94
Friends
95
And the Children Shall Lead Me
109
Beyond Belief
112
Young Sophisticates
117
Younger Folks and Older Folks
123
So Old?
124
Unexpected Questions
184
Whats What?
193
Inquiring Minds Want to Know
197
WHY ASK WHY?
199
?
200
Too Curious?
201
Seeking Ignorance
206
The Socratic Sensibility
211
True Teaching
214
Human Excellence
217
Glossary of Philosophers
220
Further Reading
233
Acknowledgments
239
How to Start Your Own Socrates Café
241
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About the author (2010)

Christopher Phillips is an educator, author, and pro-democracy activist. Visit him on the Web at www.christopherphillips.com.

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