Socrates: A Man for Our Times

Author(s): Paul Johnson


This brilliant biography of Socrates by historian Paul Johnson situates the father of philosophy in the fifth century BC Athens that he loved, delving into the geopolitics of the time, his service as a soldier, his wide range of acquaintances and the civic unrest that led to Socrates' trial and death. This is a fresh and fascinating portrait of the thinker who believed questioning and education were the keys to a virtuous life, proving that Socrates' beliefs and philosophy are as relevant today as in ancient Athens.


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"A succinct, useful exploration of life in ancient Athens and of the great philosopher's essential beliefs."--"Kirkus Reviews"

Paul Johnson's many books, including "A History of Christianity, A History of the Jews," "Modern Times," "Churchill," and "Napoleon: A Penguin Life," have been hailed as masterpieces of historical analysis. He is a regular columnist for "Forbes" and "The Spectator," and his work has also appeared in "The New York Times," "The Wall Street Journal," and many others publications. He lives in London.

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  • : 9780143122210
  • : Penguin Putnam Inc
  • : Penguin USA
  • : 0.454
  • : October 2012
  • : 197mm X 129mm
  • : United States
  • : January 2013
  • : books

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  • : Paul Johnson
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 183.2
  • : 224