Socrates: Philosophy in an Hour

  • by Paul Strathern
  • Narrated by Jonathan Keeble
  • 1 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Philosophy for busy people. Listen to this succinct account of the philosophy of Socrates in just one hour.
Socrates is widely renowned as one of the founders of Western philosophy, despite the fact that his ideas survive largely through the work of his pupil Plato. Socrates' dialectic - a method of aggressive questioning - was the forerunner of logic; he used it to cut through the pretentions of his adversaries and arrive at the truth. Socrates placed philosophy on the sound basis of reason, believing it to be better to question ourselves rather than the world around us and viewing the world as inaccessible to our senses - only to thought. Charged with impiety and the corruption of youth Socrates was eventually tried and sentenced to death, ending his life by drinking the judicial hemlock.
This audiobook is an expert account of Socrates' life and philosophical ideas - entertainingly written and is above all easy listening. Also included are selections from Socrates' work, suggested further reading, and chronologies that place Socrates in the context of the broader scheme of philosophy.

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"Well-written, clear and informed, they have a breezy wit about them...I find them hard to stop reading." (New York Times)
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"A godsend in this era of the short attention span." (New York Times)

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Anachronistic and Over-Simplified

The author showed little understanding of Socrates. There is no mention of Aristophanes and the discussion of the relationship between the literary and historical Socrates was lacking. The book was also filled with anachronistic references to the authors views on science and religion, with a bizarre dismissal of the entire Middle Ages that would have made Burckhardt blush. For a more useful and interesting introduction to Socrates (not to mention free) I'd recommend the History of Philosophy Podcast.
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- David Moodie

A must listen

The only thing that I disliked was, it could have been longer! It was an hour but seemed like 10 mins so interesting to follow and comprehend!

I recommend this to the lovers of knowledge at all levels, for students as well as instructors.

The reciter has an exceptional and excellent performance, a very good voice and very well read.

The text of the Audio is also excellent.
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- Bapir

Book Details

  • Release Date: 30-05-2013
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited