Six Questions of Socrates: A Modern-day Journey of Discovery Through World Philosophy

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2004 - Philosophy - 320 pages
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How people around the world grapple with the great questions posed by Socrates. What is virtue? What is moderation? What is justice? What is courage? What is good? What is piety? Socrates thought that understanding the perspectives of others on these six great questions would help him become a more excellent human being. Following in Socrates' footsteps, Christopher Phillips investigates these same questions, beginning in the marketplace of modern-day Athens. He goes on to investigate the timely responses and outlooks of people from different cultures and backgrounds around the world: from Greece and Spain to Japan and Korea, Mexico City, and Chiapas, where the region's indigenous people struggle for fundamental human rights. Phillips also traveled throughout the United States, holding dialogues in diverse communities from New York City to the Navajo Nation. Introducing us to less familiar thinkers in non-Western traditions who were kindred spirits of Socrates, Phillips enlarges our perspectives on life's fundamental questions, creating an innovative world survey of philosophy.

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SIX QUESTIONS OF SOCRATES: A Modern-Day Journey of Discovery Through World Philosophy

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"What is virtue?" Socrates asked. Moderation? Justice? Courage? Good? Piety?Here, Phillips, founder and director of the Society for Philosophical Inquiry, goes on the road to pose the six classic ... Read full review

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User Review  - debnance - LibraryThing

Author Phillips travels around the world, asking people the same questions Socrates asked. Nice premise for a book. Somehow, I imagine the actual experiences of meeting with the groups were a lot more ... Read full review

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What Is Virtue?
What Is Moderation?
What Is Piety?
Is Excellence Still Possible?
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Christopher Phillips is an educator, a freelance writer, and the founder of the non-profit Society for Philosophical Inquiry.

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