The Death of Socrates by Jean Paul Mongin
(Plato & Co.)

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Much of the book, until Socrates's sentencing, is true to the Platonic dialogues and accessible enough in the narrative. However, once the book tackles the weightier themes...they will likely require explanation or discussion.
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At its most basic, philosophy is about learning how to think about the world around us. It should come as no surprise, then, that children make excellent philosophers! Naturally inquisitive, pint-size scholars need little prompting before being willing to consider life’s “big questions,” however strange or impractical. Plato & Co. introduces children—and curious grown-ups—to the lives and work of famous philosophers, from Descartes to Socrates, Einstein, Marx, and Wittgenstein. Each book in the series features an engaging—and often funny—story that presents basic tenets of philosophical thought alongside vibrant color illustrations.

“Tell us, Delphic Oracle, who is the wisest man in all of Greece?” So begins The Death of Socrates. No mortal man is wiser than Socrates, who, on his daily walks through Athens, talks to all the people he meets. When the person he talks to takes himself to be very wise, Socrates asks so many questions that the person ends up admitting he knows nothing. When he runs into people who know little, Socrates sets them on the way to wisdom. But not everyone shares Socrates’s love for the truth. When the people of Athens become angry with him for his ceaseless questioning, how will he find the courage to continue to speak the truth?

                Plato & Co.’s clear approach and charming illustrations make this series the perfect addition to any little library.
 

About Jean Paul Mongin

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Jean Paul Mongin is a philosopher who lives and works in Paris. He is the editor of the Plato & Co. series. Anna Street is the translator for Plato and Co. She is a PhD candidate at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and at the University of Kent. Yann Le Bras is an illustrator based in Nantes. Ronan de Calan is assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Donatien Mary is a Paris-based illustrator and printmaker.
 
Published September 15, 2015 by Diaphanes. 64 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy. Fiction
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on Jul 17 2016

Much of the book, until Socrates's sentencing, is true to the Platonic dialogues and accessible enough in the narrative. However, once the book tackles the weightier themes...they will likely require explanation or discussion.

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