Six Questions of Socrates by Christopher Phillips
A Modern-Day Journey of Discovery Through World Philosophy

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How people around the world grapple with the great questions posed by Socrates.

What is virtue? What is moderation? What is justice? What is courage? What is good? What is piety? Socrates thought that understanding the perspectives of others on these six great questions would help him become a more excellent human being. Following in Socrates's footsteps, Christopher Phillips—"Johnny Appleseed with a master's degree" (Utne Reader)—investigates these same questions, beginning in the marketplace of modern-day Athens. He goes on to investigate the timely responses and outlooks of people from different cultures and backgrounds around the world: from Greece and Spain to Japan and Korea, Mexico City, and Chiapas, where the region's indigenous people struggle for fundamental human rights. Phillips also traveled throughout the United States, holding dialogues in diverse communities from New York City to the Navajo Nation. Introducing us to less familiar thinkers in non-Western traditions who were kindred spirits of Socrates, Phillips enlarges our perspectives on life's fundamental questions, creating an innovative world survey of philosophy.
 

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Christopher Phillips is the leading tracker of all things Springsteen. He is the editor and publisher of Backstreets, the premier Springsteen fan magazine and lives in Chapel Hill, NC.Louis P. Masur is a cultural historian and the author of many books, including Runaway Dream: Born to Run and Bruce Springsteen’s American Vision. He has appeared on E Street Radio with Dave Marsh and has written about Springsteen for Slate, Salon, and other publications. He lives in New Jersey.
 
Published January 17, 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company. 334 pages
Genres: History, Self Help, Travel, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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This allows the author to weigh in—mostly after the fact, one suspects—with his own opinions and a wide-range overview culled at length from contemporary philosophers, academics, and inexhaustible others who ponder fundamental thinking.

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