Audiobooks Socrates: A Life ExaminedAuthor Luis E. Navia –

One Of The Most Influential Thinkers In The History Of The West Was Socrates Of Athens BCE Literally, Thousands Of Books And Other Works Of Art Have Been Devoted To Him, Yet His Character And The Tenets Of His Philosophy Remain Elusive Even His Contemporaries Had Very Different Impressions Of Him, And Since He Himself Left No Writings To Posterity, We Can Only Wonder Who Was This Man Really What Ideas And Ideals Can Be Truthfully Associated With Him What Is The Basis For The Extraordinary Influence He Has Exerted Throughout History Philosopher Luis E Navia Presents A Compelling Portrayal Of Socrates In This Very Readable And Well Researched Book, Which Is Both A Biography Of The Man And An Exploration Of His Ideas Through A Critical And Documented Study Of The Major Ancient Sources About Socrates In The Writings Of Aristophanes, Xenophon, Plato, And Aristotle Navia Reconstructs A Surprisingly Consistent Portrait Of This Enigmatic Philosopher He Links Socrates Conviction That The Unexamined Life Is Not Worth Living With Immanuel Kant S Later Concept Of An Innate Moral Imperative As The Only Meaningful Purpose Of Human Existence He Highlights Socrates Unrelenting Search For The Essence And Value Of The Soul As That Aspect Of His Philosophical Journey That Animated And Structured All His Activities Navia Also Considers Socrates Relationship With The Sophists, His Stance Vis Vis The Religious Beliefs And Practices Of His Time, His View Of The Relationship Between Legality And Morality, And The Function Of Language In Human Life Finally, He Eloquently Captures The Socratic Legacy, Which, Than Twenty Four Centuries After His Death, Is Still So Urgently Relevant Today Navia Brings To Life This Perennially Important Philosopher, Illuminating The Relevance Of His Ideas For Our Modern World

10 thoughts on “Socrates: A Life Examined

  1. says:

    The author maintains from the outset that little can be known about Socrates as he left no writings of his own philosophy Any information about his life and philosophy was left from his contemporaries whose assessments are so widely divergent that no cogent understanding can be made of this great philosopher I would not recommend this book.

  2. says:

    This is listed as YA Teen though I m not sure why I suppose it could be read by teens of course Mr Navia is an ok writer but sometimes let his prose rise to heights he would have been better to avoid I was very put off by the frequent Jesus comparisons I know it s not uncommon but after the stated goal of carefully attempting to find a real character behind the mythologizing the mythologizing was extremely annoying Also I could have done without the repetitive discussions of Aristophanes and Xenophon when Mr Navia intended, clearly, all along to adopt the standard early Platonic dialogs are really accurate reports of real conversations assertion Finally the nearly total lack of historical context and the constant references to much later philosophers to elucidate Socrates all contributed to my total disappointment with this particular offering.

  3. says:

    The unexamined life is not a life worth living for a human being Socrates, in Plato s Apology A beautiful and insightful book about one of the most influential thinkers in the history of the world, Socrates of Athens 469 399 BCE A compelling study of an exceptional man and his philosophy The whole book is awesome, but the final two chapters on the soul and on Socrates s faith are delightful, unique, and original Highly recommended

  4. says:

    WOW, I read up to four chapters and gave up Very hard to read.

  5. says:

    Without this book I would have failed my AP World History debate What a lifesaver.