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Doctor Socrates by Andrew Downie

Title Doctor Socrates
Author Andrew Downie
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release 2017-03-09
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 320
ISBN 1471154092
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

'Compelling from start to finish...Downie does full justice to an extraordinary life' Pete Davies, author of All Played Out. A stunning new biography of Socrates, the iconic captain of the greatest Brazil side never to win the World Cup. Socrates was always special. A hugely talented athlete who graduated in medicine yet drank and smoked to excess. The attacking midfielder stood out - and not just because of his 6'4" frame. Fans were enthralled by his inch-perfect passes, his coolness in front of goal and his back heel, the trademark move that singled him out as the most unique footballer of his generation. Off the pitch, he was just as original, with a dedication to politics and social causes that no player has ever emulated. His biggest impact came as leader of Corinthians Democracy - a movement that gave everyone from the kitman to the president an equal say in the running of the club. At a time when Brazil was ruled by a military dictatorship, it was truly revolutionary. Passionate and principled, entertaining and erudite, Socrates was as contradictory as he was complex. He was a socialist who voted for a return of Brazil's monarchy, a fiercely independent individual who was the ultimate team player, and a romantic who married four times and fathered six children. Armed with Socrates' unpublished memoir and hours of newly discovered interviews, Andrew Downie has put together the most comprehensive and compelling account of this iconic figure. Based on conversations with family members, close friends and former team-mates, this is a brilliant biography of a man who always stood up for what he believed in, whatever the cost. 'Brilliantly written and researched. Amazing life.' Alex Bellos, author of Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life

How Philosophy Became Socratic by Laurence Lampert

Title How Philosophy Became Socratic
Author Laurence Lampert
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Release 2010-07-15
Category Political Science
Total Pages 448
ISBN 0226470970
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

Plato’s dialogues show Socrates at different ages, beginning when he was about nineteen and already deeply immersed in philosophy and ending with his execution five decades later. By presenting his model philosopher across a fifty-year span of his life, Plato leads his readers to wonder: does that time period correspond to the development of Socrates’ thought? In this magisterial investigation of the evolution of Socrates’ philosophy, Laurence Lampert answers in the affirmative. The chronological route that Plato maps for us, Lampert argues, reveals the enduring record of philosophy as it gradually took the form that came to dominate the life of the mind in the West. The reader accompanies Socrates as he breaks with the century-old tradition of philosophy, turns to his own path, gradually enters into a deeper understanding of nature and human nature, and discovers the successful way to transmit his wisdom to the wider world. Focusing on the final and most prominent step in that process and offering detailed textual analysis of Plato’s Protagoras, Charmides, and Republic, How Philosophy Became Socratic charts Socrates’ gradual discovery of a proper politics to shelter and advance philosophy.

Socrates Meets Marx by Peter Kreeft

Title Socrates Meets Marx
Author Peter Kreeft
Publisher Ignatius Press
Release 2003-01-01
Category Religion
Total Pages 201
ISBN 1681494418
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

Utilizing the dialogue format that the Greek philosopher made famous, Kreeft presents the latest in his series of small books on philosophy. In a unique and compelling take on the philosophies of the modern world, Kreeft pits the ancient Greek philosopher against the founder of Communism. Humorous, frank, and insightful, this book challenges the reader to step in and take hold of what is right and to cast away what is wrong. Topics covered include such varied subjects as private property, the individual, the "Three Philosophies of Man, " women, individualism, and more. A wonderful introduction to philosophy for the neophyte, and a joy for the experienced student.

Complete Works by Plato

Title Complete Works
Author Plato
Publisher Hackett Publishing
Release 1997
Category Fiction
Total Pages 1808
ISBN 9780872203495
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

Gathers translations of Plato's works and includes guidance on approaching their reading and study

Profound Ignorance by David Lawrence Levine

Title Profound Ignorance
Author David Lawrence Levine
Publisher Lexington Books
Release 2015-10-30
Category Philosophy
Total Pages 364
ISBN 149850177X
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

Returning from the battle of Potidaea, Socrates reenters the city only to find it changed, with new leadership in the making. Socrates assumes the mask of physician in order to diagnose the city’s condition in the persons of the young and charismatic Charmides and his ambitious and formidable guardian Critias. Beneath the cloak of their self-presentations, Doctor Socrates discovers a profound and communicable disease: their incipient tyranny, “the greatest sickness of the soul.” He thereby is able to “foresee” their future and their role in the oligarchy (The Thirty Tyrants) that overthrows the democracy at the end of the Peloponnesian War. The unusual diagnostic instrument of this physician of the city: the question of sophrosyne (customarily translated as moderation). The analysis of the soul of this popular favorite uncovers a distorted development with little prospect of self-knowledge, and that of the guardian, a profound disabling ignorance, deluded and perverted by his presumed practical wisdom. Alongside on the bench sits Socrates whose ignorance, by contrast, shows itself to be enabling, measured and prospective. In this way, the profound ignorance of the tyrant and the profound ignorance of the philosopher are made to mutually illuminate one another. In the process, Levine brings us to see Plato’s extended apologia or defense of Socrates as “a teacher of tyrants” and his counter-indictment of the city for its unthinking acceptance of its leaders. Moreover, in the face of modern skepticism, we are brought to see how such “value judgments” are possible, how Plato conceives the prospects for practical judgment (phronȇsis). In addition we witness the care with which Plato presents his penetrating diagnoses even amidst compromised circumstances. Levine, further, is at pains to situate the specific dialogic issues in their larger significance for the philosophic tradition. Lastly, the author’s inviting style encourages the reader to think along with Socrates. The question of tyranny is always relevant. The question of our ignorance is always immediate. The conversation about sophrosyne needs to be resumed.

Title Hippocrates Oath and Asclepius Snake
Author T. A. Cavanaugh
Publisher Oxford University Press
Release 2017-12
Category Medical
Total Pages 208
ISBN 0190673672
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

T. A. Cavanaugh's Hippocrates' Oath and Asclepius' Snake: The Birth of the Medical Profession articulates the Oath as establishing the medical profession's unique internal medical ethic - in its most basic and least controvertible form, this ethic mandates that physicians help and not harm the sick. Relying on Greek myth, drama, and medical experience (e.g., homeopathy), the book shows how this medical ethic arose from reflection on the most vexing medical-ethical problem -- injury caused by a physician -- and argues that deliberate iatrogenic harm, especially the harm of a doctor choosing to kill (physician assisted suicide, euthanasia, abortion, and involvement in capital punishment), amounts to an abandonment of medicine as an exclusively therapeutic profession. The book argues that medicine as a profession necessarily involves stating before others what one stands for: the good one seeks and the bad one seeks to avoid on behalf of the sick, and rejects the view that medicine is purely a technique lacking its own unique internal ethic. It concludes noting that medical promising (as found in the White Coat Ceremony through which U. S. medical students matriculate) implicates medical autonomy which in turn merits respect, including honoring professional conscientious objections.

Title Readings in Ancient Greek Philosophy
Author S. Marc Cohen
Publisher Hackett Publishing
Release 2016-09-06
Category Philosophy
Total Pages 736
ISBN 1624665349
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

Soon after its publication, Readings in Ancient Greek Philosophy was hailed as the favorite to become "the 'standard' text for survey courses in ancient philosophy."* More than twenty years later that prediction has been borne out: Readings in Ancient Greek Philosophy still stands as the leading anthology of its kind. It is now stronger than ever: The Fifth Edition of Readings in Ancient Greek Philosophy features a completely revised Aristotle unit, with new translations, as well as a newly revised glossary. The Plato unit offers new translations of the Meno and Republic. In the latter, indirect dialogue is cast into direct dialogue for greater readability. The Presocratics unit has been re-edited and streamlined, and the pages of every unit have been completely reset. * APA Newsletter for Teaching Philosophy

A Friendly Companion to Plato s Gorgias by George Kimball Plochmann

Title A Friendly Companion to Plato s Gorgias
Author George Kimball Plochmann
Publisher SIU Press
Release 1988
Category Philosophy
Total Pages 415
ISBN 9780809314041
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

A comprehensive study of ?one of the most elusive and subtle” of all the Platonic dialogues. The Gorgias begins with a discussion of the nature and value of rhetoric and develops into an impassioned argument for the primacy of absolute right (as expressed by conscience) in the regulation of both public and private life. Plochmann and Robinson closely analyze this great dialogue in the first two-thirds of their book, turning in the final four chapters to a broader discussion of its unity, sweep, and philosophic implications.

Silenced Paces by Adriana Dardan

Title Silenced Paces
Author Adriana Dardan
Publisher AuthorHouse
Release 2009
Category Education
Total Pages 564
ISBN 1449011969
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

SILENCED PACES is an elaborated work addressed mainly to people who are willing to enhance their knowledge and understanding about the most troubled times of our world's history. The facts and their sequence are based on historical archives and data. This book is intended to unveil the events buried in the dimness of those times, lived by ordinary peoples, through horrors, sufferings, despair, famine, and unthinkable abuses, during and after the Second World War. The story depicts the shaking period of time between 1930 and 1980, and it's staged in Romania. The events are combined with the "saga" of a family whose daily ordeal solidifies even better the realities of those troubled times. Maybe, this book will help people to better understand the values of life and of their historical heritage, leaving them as a legacy to the coming generations, to be enhanced, shared, and treasured.

Astrolinguistics by Alexander Ollongren

Title Astrolinguistics
Author Alexander Ollongren
Publisher Springer Science & Business Media
Release 2012-11-27
Category Science
Total Pages 248
ISBN 1461454689
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

In linguistics, one of the main areas of modern research involves the capabilities and possibilities of there being a "lingua cosmica," a LINCOS, a universal language that could be used to communicate with non-human intelligences. This book touches on the area of the development and use of a "lingua universalis" for interstellar communication, but it also presents concepts that cover a broad area of linguistics. Chomsky's paradigm on universal properties of natural languages, for a long time a leading general theory of natural languages, includes the strong assumption that humans are born with some kind of universals stored in their brains. Are there universals of this kind of language used by intelligent beings and societies elsewhere in the universe? We do not know whether such languages exist. It seems to be impossible to determine, simply because the universe is too large for an exhaustive search. Even verification will be hard to obtain, without quite a bit of luck. This book uses astrolinguistic principles in message construction and is helpful in clarifying and giving perspective to discussions on existential questions such as these.