In his forty years of teaching philosophy, Kreeft says the most effective way to accomplish this purpose is to read ophy means “the love of wisdom. “The popular author and philosophy professor Peter Kreeft presents this introduction to philosophy to help beginners not only to understand philosophy but also. After teaching philosophy for forty years, Peter Kreeft finds reading the Apology of Socrates to be the most effective way to help beginners “fall in love” with.

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If Soc- rates’ second possibility death is “migration” to an- other place, with continued consciousness is good, then his other possibility deprivation of this good by eternal lack of consciousness is not good, not “a won- derful blessing”.

For we imagine the soul as something like a gas, or a ghost, or an ectoplasm, thin and wispy like a fog. Philosophy by Socrates: Accordingly, my noble Euthyphro, by your account some gods take one thing to be right, and others take another, and similarly with the honorable and the base, and good and bad.

We could almost say that according to Socrates, anything worth teaching cannot be taught, and any- thing teachable is hardly worth teaching.

Philosophy 101 by Socrates : An Introduction to Philosophy Via Plato’s Apology

He simply speaks the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. 1011 what you take piety and impiety to be with reference to murder and all other cases.

A single word also performs this same double duty in Hebrew: He appears to me to be a young man, and unknown.

This is a simple primer that might whet your appetite for philosophy and help you grow in respect for Socrates if all you really remember about him was that he died from drinking hemlock. Introduction to this Book. Any experienced teacher will tell you he has learned more from the teacher’s side of the desk than he ever did from the student’s side.


Plato – – University of Oklahoma Press. And even though he strongly be- lieves that the true answers to “value” questions, that 1011, moral questions, are just as objective as the true answers to “factual” questions, he does not claim to know and teach the answers to these questions, but only to help us to ask them, to make the journey our- selves.

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Even the heavyweight champion of the world will lose to a flyweight if he has to fight blind. And this “something divine and spiritual” that Socrates speaks of acts on Socrates.

Philosophy Exemplified 87 III. The only evil that can harm a soul is spiritual evil, moral evil; but this is something only the individual can do to him- self No one and nothing outside me can make me foolish and vicious; I alone can do that.

By ordinary standards he is fanatically hum- ble, immoderately moderate, and immodestly mod- est. Philosophy as Socrates understands it is by its na- ture drawn to the first of these three because philos- ophy is the love of wisdom, and wisdom, like truth, goodness, and even beauty, is an ideal that judges us, rather than an artifact or human product that we judge. To learn requires great activity: But this is not just a difference about the use of words.

Conscience is treated as having absolute, divine authority even by relativists and atheists. Is not the holy always one and the same thing in every action, and, again, is not the unholy always opposite to the holy, and like itself?

In modern com- munications this is vastly preferred to argument. Socrates’ death shows the power of prejudice.

Philosophy by Socrates: An Introduction to Philosophy via Plato’s Apology by Peter Kreeft

He means spiritual evil; they mean physical evil. After teaching philosophy for forty years, Peter Kreeft finds reading the Apology of Socrates to be phikosophy most effective way to help beginners “fall in love” with wisdom. Whether this is what he actu- ally believed, or whether he is just provoking us to think for ourselves to refute kresft paradoxical teach- ing, is of interest to the historian, who is more con- cerned with Socrates, now dead, than with himself.


Indeed, he does believe in a sense in which none of his ac- cusers does. He is far from being able to do that; he happens to be old, a very old man. Like a curious kid asking why in their nascent stage, it seeks truth — not philosoophy — within every crevice it dares to delve into.

Despite all the reservations and qualifications we may want to add to it, Socrates’ basic point retains the power to convince and inspire, to change minds and even lives “radically”, that is, at their root.

The advanced high schooler or freshman in college would benefit greatly from reading this. Thus Socrates notes that he “was heartily disliked by many” 28a. In Part One, Dr. For a man of his age it is no small thing to have settled a question of so much importance. To the world’s most agonizing question, which has tortured the minds of the wise, namely, the “problem of evil”, “why bad things happen to good people”, Socrates answers, “they never do.

Philosophy is agnostic Astonishing as it may sound, it is very frequently nec- essary to remind ourselves that we are not God.