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  • Published: 30 January 2013
  • ISBN: 9780143122210
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $27.99
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Socrates: A Man for Our Times



As Plutarch observed, Socrates 'was the first person to demonstrate that life is open to philosophy at all times, in every part, among all kinds of people, and in every experience and activity.'

A superb study of the most important of all philosophers.

As Plutarch observed, Socrates 'was the first person to demonstrate that life is open to philosophy at all times, in every part, among all kinds of people, and in every experience and activity.' Often hailed as the father of philosophy, Socrates taught-and indeed strove to embody-his credo that how each of us chooses to live and die has great meaning. He influenced the way in which we think about moral choices as well as the way we make them in our daily lives. In this brilliant biography, renowned historian Paul Johnson situates Socrates in fifth-century BC Athens, offering a fresh and fascinating portrait of a charismatic man whose ideas still shape out decision-making, our ethics, and our ideas about the body and the soul.

'An admirably concise view of a remarkable life whose influence remains central to the foundation of Western thought.' Publishers Weekly

'Johnson . . .brings to his prose a wealth of anecdote and asides unknown to most academics. His Socrates come alive.' The Washington Times

  • Published: 30 January 2013
  • ISBN: 9780143122210
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $27.99
Categories:

About the author

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is a journalist, historian, speechwriter and author. He came to prominence in the 50s writing for the New Statesman, where he was editor from 1965 - 1970. He then worked as a speechwriter for Margaret Thatcher (with whom he was at Oxford) and wrote a weekly column for the Spectator. He is married with two children and lives in London's Notting Hill Gate. He has written many books, including A HISTORY OF THE MODERN WORLD,1983, A HISTORY OF THE JEWS, 1987, and HEROES, 2007.

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