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

You think it makes a difference whether the victim was a member of the family, or not related, when the only thing to watch is whether it was right or not for the man who did the deed to kill him. When you are sleeping in the ham- mock and a bug bite wakes you up, do you smile at the bug and say, “Thanks, I needed that”?

Dostoyevski also pursued this danger- ous question through some of his characters Ivan Kreft, Stavrogin, Raskolnikov: One way it does this is by teaching us the paradox that “no evil can happen to a good man either liv- ing or dead. Do we say that these things are true? They are the philoosophy, unexamined prejudices against him. Have you 110 heard a man contending that someone who has killed a person wrongfully, or done some other unjust deed, ought not to pay the penalty?

Do they admit wrongdoing, Euthy- phro, and, while admitting it, deny that they ought to pay the penalty? The soul is invulnerable to evil from without, from the phys- ical world.


The first and longest chapter is charming and convincing. In this volume, Kreeft uses three Socratic dialogues to introduce students to philosophy, especially Plato’s Apologywhich Kreeft calls the “Magna Carta of philosophy. Irony is the contrast be- tween appearance and reality, between vAax seems and what is, or between what we expect and what we dis- cover.

Dear Euthyphro, if we were only laughed at, it would be no serious matter.

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Socrates is here claiming to be something like ohilosophy messiah of his people. The answers given were, respectively: Usually he gives us only questions and a method for pursuing answers. You emerge from a conversation with Soc- rates poorer, not richer, in opinions. Thus they, too, lacked Lesson One.

You have often said, “the thought came into my mind Philosophy is apolitical By this I do not mean that philosophers are politi- cally irrelevant or do not make political judgments, general or particular, or create political philosophies, but that philosophy does not stem from politics; phi- losophy’s sources are deeper than politics; philosophy philodophy not the instrument of ohilosophy.

The truth really is, gentlemen, that the god in fact is wise, and in this oracle he means that human wisdom is worth little or noth- ing, and it appears that he does not say this of Socrates, but simply adds my name to take me as an example, as if he were to say that this one of you human beings is wisest, who like Socrates knows that he is in truth worth nothing as regards wisdom. State what you take piety and impiety to be with reference to murder and all other cases.


But it was real, not imagi- nary; that seems clear.

Jul 15, Luke rated it really liked it. This is an excellent introduction to philosophy in general, and Socratic method in particular.

Philosophy is not a job; it is a vocation. Hack- ett Publishing,p. Socrates would be surprised at us if we were sur- prised kereft his fallibility.

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

This is the image movies, TV and comics always use: To be human is to be challenged to philosophize, and if we respond by not philosophizing, then that is our philosophy, a bad one. This is so whether this “god” exists or not.

But these were the familiar categories people had for philosophers in Athens, and Socrates was stuffed into them. A single word also performs this same double duty in Hebrew: Perhaps it is a koan as Zen Buddhists would call itan unsolvable puzzle that nevertheless teaches you and transforms your thought radically by its very unsolvability.

Coupled with that, and more importantly, by its very precision cross-examination employs in philosophy, Kreeft helps readers gain an understanding of the thorough depth which philosophy will go to in search for truth.