The Six Best Books on Socrates

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This page contains a list of the six best books on Socrates. Finding good introductory philosophy books can be difficult for two reasons. First, searching google for recommendations usually doesn’t bring up anything useful. Second, phrases like “best books on Socrates” are ambiguous. One person may be looking for a short, beginner friendly introduction, someone else may want a comprehensive academic overview, a third person may be looking for classic works on Socrates. This list tries to account for this ambiguity by recommending different types of books on Socrates. This …

Socrates: Eleven Best Quotes (With References)

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This page contains a collection of philosophical quotes by Socrates. These quotes are all genuine and details about the book, chapter number, and translation are included where applicable. On the unexamined life: The unexamined life is not worth living. – as quoted in Plato, Apology, 28A, trans. Benjamin Jowett On philosophy: If you say to me, Socrates, this time we will not mind Anytus, and you shall be let off, but upon one condition, that you are not to enquire and speculate in this way any more, and that if …

Why We Shouldn’t Trust the Opinion of the Majority – a short reading from Plato’s Crito

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“Then, my friend, we must not regard what the many say of us; but what he, the one man who has understanding of just and unjust, will say, and what the truth will say.” Introduction In the year 399 B.C., in Athens, Socrates was brought to trial on charges of impiety and corrupting the youth. He was found guilty and condemned to death. The Crito, written by Plato, is a dialogue between Socrates and his good friend Crito. It is set in Socrates’ jail cell the day before he is …

Socrates on the Examined Life – a short reading from Plato’s Apology

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“And if I say again that daily to discourse about virtue, and of those other things about which you hear me examining myself and others, is the greatest good of man, and that the unexamined life is not worth living, you are still less likely to believe me.” Introduction In the year 399 B.C., in Athens, Socrates was brought to trial on charges of impiety and corrupting the youth. He was found guilty and condemned to death. The Apology, written by Plato, is an account Socrates’ defense speech at the …

Socrates on Death and Virtue – a short reading from the ‘Apology’ by Plato

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“Men of Athens, I honor and love you; but I shall obey God rather than you, and while I have life and strength I shall never cease from the practice and teaching of philosophy” Introduction In the year 399 B.C., in Athens, Socrates was brought to trial on charges of impiety and corrupting the youth. He was found guilty and condemned to death. The Apology, written by Plato, is an account of Socrates’ trial. In the previous passage, Socrates recalls how an oracle once proclaimed that he was the wisest …