Socrates, Professor Thomas C. Brickhouse
  • $5.96
    • Facebook Share
    • Twitter Share
    • Pinterest Share

Details

Socrates

Author: Professor Thomas C. Brickhouse

Series: The World of Philosophy Series

Narrator: Lynn Redgrave

Unabridged: 2 hr 30 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Published: 03/01/2006

Genre: Philosophy - Religious

Synopsis

Though Socrates left no written works, there were many ancient accounts of his life and his philosophy. The most important of the surviving accounts are from three contemporaries (the comic poet Aristophanes, the historian Xenophon, and the philosopher Plato) along with two later Greek biographers: Plutarch (1st cent. AD) and Diogenes Laertius (3rd cent. AD). The "Socratic Problem" is to determine from those varying accounts what Socrates actually said and believed. We know that Socrates was an eccentric and often irritating gadfly, who went about Athens engaging others in philosophical conversation. He rolled his eyes and cocked his head backwards as he walked, usually barefoot and in tattered clothes; his persistent questioning exposed the contradictions in people's claims of knowledge. Socrates himself never claimed definitive knowledge, but he made many enemies among those he refuted and embarrassed. His careful, logical questioning has become known as the "Socratic method of teaching," and it later became a major alternative to the traditional lecture method. Socrates believed that even when we strive to lead the "examined life," we cannot definitively establish truth or absolute knowledge; we can only refute wrong thinking. He was interested in religion as it applies to moral virtue, affirming that the condition of one's soul is related to the "most important things" (such as justice, truth, and piety). Socrates said we must simply live a life of reason in an effort to determine which views are better than others. In 399 BC, Socrates was brought to trial on a charge of impiety. He was sentenced to death, which he accepted in obedience to the rule of law. Socrates spent his last day in philosophical conversation with friends before carrying out his sentence by drinking extract of hemlock.

Recommended

20th Century European Philosophy
20th Century European Philosophy
by Professor Ed Casey

Twentiethcentury European philosophy has grown out of two movements: existentialism (emphasizing the everyday turmoil of living) and phenomenology (seeking the essential, indispensable core of things grasped by pure consciousness). These movements h...

Narrator: Lynn Redgrave
Published: 04/14/2006

A Confession
A Confession
by Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy's "A Confession" is a brutally sincere reflection on life, morality, and the nature of faith. Tolstoy describes in great detail the process by which he lost his faith in established Christian churches, the meaninglessness of wealth and f...

Narrator: Lucas Wilson
Published: 04/10/2020

Kierkegaard in 90 Minutes
Kierkegaard in 90 Minutes
by Paul Strathern

Kierkegaard wasnt really a philosopher in the academic sense. Yet he produced what many people expect of philosophy. He didnt write about the world, he wrote about life, about how we live and how we choose to live. His subject was the individual and...

Narrator: Robert Whitfield
Published: 06/25/2005

Purpose
Purpose
by Peter Walker

When we enter through the Gate of Jesus – by repentance and faith - we enter into his eternal kingdom. In that moment, we become citizens of heaven. Yes, we still find ourselves here on earth, but everything has changed. Earth is no longer our...

Narrator: Peter Walker
Published: 05/05/2022

What I Believe
What I Believe
by Bertrand Russell

Remarkably relevant, beautifully written, and filled with wit and wisdom, these three essays by Bertrand Russell allow the listener to test the concepts of the good life, morality, the existence of God, Christianity, and human nature. "What I Believ...

Narrator: Terrence Hardiman
Published: 01/01/1995

The Kingdom of God Is Within You
The Kingdom of God Is Within You
by Leo Tolstoy

Banned in Russia, Tolstoy's The Kingdom of God Is Within You was deemed a threat to church and state. The culmination of a lifetime's thought, it espouses a commitment to Jesus's message of turning the other cheek. In a bold and original treatise, T...

Narrator: Malk Williams
Published: 10/13/2022

Voltaire and Rousseau
Voltaire and Rousseau
by Professor Charles Sherover

Voltaire and Rousseau offered opposing viewpoints on the major intellectual movement of their time: the Enlightenment. Like most Enlightenment thinkers, Voltaire repudiated tradition and history, embracing reform based on individualism and intellect...

Narrator: Lynn Redgrave
Published: 04/09/2006

Does God Exist?
Does God Exist?
by Robert L. Kuhn

Does God exist? How do you justify your belief or unbelief to others? A delicate matter, you rarely have the occasion to fully explore these questions in daily life. Now, this special series invites you to join some of the world’s leading thin...

Narrator: Robert L. Kuhn
Published: 03/22/2019

Becoming Dallas Willard The Formation of a Philosopher, Teacher, and Christ Follower
Becoming Dallas Willard
by Gary W. Moon

Dallas Willard was a personal mentor and inspiration to hundreds of pastors, philosophers, and average churchgoers. His presence and ideas rippled through the lives of many prominent leaders and authors, such as John Ortberg, Richard Foster, James B...

Narrator: Joe Geoffrey
Published: 03/27/2018
{"id":"100808","ean":"9781433238796","abr":"Unabridged","title":"Socrates","subtitle":"","author":"Professor Thomas C. Brickhouse","rating_average":"0","narrator":"Lynn Redgrave","ubr_id":"100808","abr_id":"0","ubr_price":"9.95","abr_price":"0.00","ubr_memprice":"5.97","abr_memprice":"0.00","ubr_narrator":"Lynn Redgrave","abr_narrator":"","ubr_length":"Unabridged: 2 hr 30 min","abr_length":"Abridged: "}