Six Questions of Socrates: 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.
coffeehouse, bookstore, or other suitable venue in which to hold a Socrates Café on a regular basis—and most importantly, now that you’ve made a long-term commitment to doing this, whether one person attends or one hundred—a burning question you likely have is: How do I facilitate a Socrates Café? What kind of question is appropriate? In a Socrates Café, just about any question can be grist for a meaningful dialogue. Or at least, virtually any question can be fine-tuned so that it can be looked
“one of the most important political actors in Korean society,” and a “force of conscience,” or yangsim seryok. He writes that “much like former East European dissidents,” Korea’s student activists “were ‘morally superior’ because they spoke what was in everybody’s mind, without considering the consequences.” I would go further and say that their courageous actions inspired a change of mind and heart in everyone else—even an awakening of mind and heart. These prodemocracy activists very carefully
legal precedent to condemn victims while ignoring abuses.” Even today, over two years since Fox took office, Amnesty International says that despite Fox’s pledge to put an end to the country’s notorious human-rights violations, few inroads seem to have been made. I ask the participant for a concrete example of justicia Mexicana. He thinks hard, muttering to himself, “There’re so many,” before replying at last, “Carlos Cabal, the former head of the failed Mexican banks, Banca Cremi and Banco
weren’t any services available, and I’d always wished I’d been able to help him more. But I can help other young people today. I’m matriculating in the education program here at Montclair State with a specialty in teaching the learning disabled. When I get a job in the field, it will mean a salary cut of about nine-tenths. Many of my friends, and my parents, weren’t thrilled by my choice. But it’s what I want to do—what I need to do. I was surprised when my wife said she supported me one hundred
writes. “I bet Samurai Jack still would’ve helped them, even if they couldn’t help him,” says Hidecki, in a bit of a huff. “Because in almost all the other episodes, he helps people without ever asking for any sort of favor. Like, how about that episode where Samurai Jack helped a Scotsman rescue his wife, who was kidnapped by an evil lord? He agreed at once to help. He rescued the Scotsman’s wife, he got no favor in return.” Hidecki then says to Seiren, who dared cast aspersions on Samurai