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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But this “spirit” comes to Socrates from without. Kreeft discusses forty things that philosophy is, i. Aug 02, Seth Holler rated it really liked it. Hunger, cold, and the shackles finished him be- fore the messenger got back from visiting the seer. This is not just logic; it is justice, fairness, and honesty. The modernists, like the ancient pre-Socratic cosmological philosophers, are interested in physical science, tend toward mate- rialism, and believe in objective truth and the power of reason to find it.
Neither politics nor art nor science nor technol- ogy can tell us what we are and what we should be, why we live and why we die, what is good and what is evil.
Philosophy is countercultural Philosophy questions and challenges societies and cultures as well as individuals. One advantage of being a phil- osopher rather than a soldier or an economist 110 a lawyer or a doctor is that you have job security even after death.
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If we are not Sophists “wise men” but philosophers “lovers of wisdom” ; if wisdom’s home is not here but its loving, longing pursuit is; then in “letting God have the last word” that is, deliberately ending with the word “God”Socrates shows that he does “know himself”. History of Western Philosophy.
Arguably the main strength of the Kreeft thesis is that philosophy takes no prisoners. Socrates is just such a philosopher. A popular lecturer, he has also taught at many other colleges, seminaries and educational institutions in the eastern United States. Jan 25, Stephen rated it it was amazing. The claim is probably meant not for himself but for philosophy; but the claim is astonishingly bold: To say phi- losophy is egalitarian seems to side with Descartes in- stead of Socrates.
Selected pages Title Page. Have I indeed philospohy to such a depth of ignorance that I do not know even this— that if I make one of my associates bad I shall risk getting some evil from him— to such a depth [of ignorance] as to do so great an evil inten- tionally, as you say?
Introduction to Philosophy, and 3. Death is the friend of truth.
The Eutbyphro shows why Socrates was hated and killed; the Pbaedo shows how he died. He would agree with G.
The ancients called this “docil- ity”, which means literally, “teachability”. This is a point that I have never seen made in any pjilosophy that tries to introduce philosophy.
What do we use money for? Kreeft provides commentary throughout the text, and then presents us with questions of God and morality.
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I will tell you: It is because, whenever people tell such stories about the gods, I am prone to take it ill, and, so it seems, that is why they 1001 maintain that I am sinful. For all this talk about you, and such a reputation has not arisen, I presume, when you were workmg at nothing more unusual than oth- ers do; it must be you were doing something different from most people.
And krseft is designed both for beginners in philosophy and for those who want to specialize in ancient Greek philosophy, especially Socrates. But if there is a God or gods, then hu- man wisdom, now judged by a higher standard, is rel- atively tiny. Philosophy is virtuous True philosophy, Socrates claims, kreevt make you a better person.
He is indeed the wisest of men, and he has no wisdom at all, and those two truths do not contradict each other, as they seem to, because of Lesson One.
Philosophy 101 by Socrates: An Introduction to Philosophy Via Plato’s Apology
But now they are enraged at me when I proceed against my father for wrongdoing, and so they contradict them- selves in what they say about the gods and what they say of me. But Socrates never got to that point because he never found a wise man.
The two greatest teachers of wisdom to our culture, our culture’s two most influential heroes, were both profoundly countercultural. You bring me here as one who corrupts the young generation and makes them worse: Philosophy is good pain.
Apparently a little piety is respectable and safe; serious, honest piety is so dan- gerous that it is often fatal. These are the questions of a higher, harder en- terprise: Do you remember that? For the Greeks, the first mark of a god was immortality. I already knew who Socrates was, but in this first introduction, I learned that there were three great introductions to philosophy, Hortensius by Cicero, Protreptikos by Aristotle, and the Apology of Socrates by Plato.
Not a knowledge of facts, but a knowledge of val- ues; in fact, an understanding of values and of the truth that doing good is always personally profitable, that virtue makes you happy, that “justice is always more profitable than injustice” the fundamental conclu- sion proved in the Republic. 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?
The deeper the thought, the darker its source. The whole world also failed to understand Jesus and feared him and his followers, the best of whom down through the centuries are repeatedly martyred.
Philosophy 101 by Socrates : An Introduction to Philosophy Via Plato’s Apology
See if it is not the following— right and wrong, the noble and the base, and good and bad. These two com- mandments summed up the wisdom of Apollo. We all stand on this common ground: Why, Socrates, if I did not have an 5 accurate knowledge of all that, I should be good for nothing, and Euthyphro would be no differ- ent from the general run of men. But you also, judges of the philosophj, must have good hopes kreet death, and this one thing you must take as true— no evil can happen to a good man either living or dead” 4-icd.