Socrates: A Man for Our Times by Paul Johnson

By Paul Johnson

an excellent portrait of the Greek thinker who personified philosophy.

Socrates was once undeniably one of many maximum thinkers of all time, but he wrote not anything. all through his existence, and certainly until eventually his final second alive, Socrates absolutely embodied his philosophy in notion and deed. It is thru the tale of his lifestyles that we will realize his strong activities and ideas.

In his hugely acclaimed variety, historian Paul Johnson masterfully disentangles centuries of scarce resources to provide a riveting account of a homely yet charismatic middle-class guy residing in Athens within the 5th century b.c., and the way what this guy suggestion nonetheless shapes the best way we make a decision the right way to act, and the way we fathom the suggestion of physique and soul. Johnson presents a compelling photograph of the town and folks Socrates reciprocally extremely joyful in, in addition to many enlightening and intimate analyses of particular features of his character. Enchantingly portraying "the sheer energy of Socrates's brain, and its distinct mix of metal, subtlety, and frivolity," Paul Johnson captures the big and fascinating lifetime of a guy who did not anything lower than offer the elemental equipment of the human mind.

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