Socrates: A Man for Our Times

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  • Title: Socrates: A Man for Our Times
  • Author: PaulJohnson
  • ISBN: 9780670023035
  • Page: 158
  • Format: Hardcover

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  1. Holy Contortions, Batman Paul Johnson has made up his mind Need I say In his earlier writings Plato presented Socrates as a living, breathing, thinking person, a real man But as Plato s ideas took shape, demanding propagation, poor Socrates, whose actual death Plato had so lamented, was killed a second time, so that he became a mere wooden man, a ventriloquist s doll, to voice not his own philosophy but Plato s Being an intellectual, Plato thought that to spread his ideas was far important tha [...]


  2. Short and enjoyable intro or refresher to the life and thought of Socrates Johnson is a good writer, and this goes down easy.Many reviewers are hard on Johnson Maybe they think he should have written a different book, but I m OK with the one he did write I think it s OK for a historian to insert his own views into the work The references to modern events and times are meant to illuminate Socrates ideas for modern readers If you re looking for an in depth description and analysis of Socrates tho [...]


  3. Paul Johnson s Socrates is an Ancient Greek Paul Johnson In his hands, Socrates becomes an anti gay monotheist Yup To give you an idea of Johnson s reasoning, see this passage When Socrates was at his most devout, he always refers to god or the god, not the gods He was a monotheist 107So, you can be sure that if Socrates mentions gods in the plural, he is not being very devout.A similar reasoning comes into play when Johnson discusses Plato If Johnson likes the Socrates that Plato is portraying, [...]


  4. One of the most influential philosophers in our history, Socrates left no written record of his beliefs or methodology Writing a biography of him, even a short one, would seem a monumental task given this absence, but historian Paul Johnson is than up to the job in his book Socrates A Man for Our Times, one entry in his series of short biographies of influential historical figures This straightforward, generally level headed work not only sifts through the available sources to bring Socrates to [...]


  5. Isolating the historical Socrates is made difficult by the fact that he himself wrote nothing down and we are able to see him only through the eyes of his friends and, less reliably, later historians Plato and Xenophon are the primary sources, with Diogenes Laertius adding details later on, and Johnson makes use of all three What is somewhat troubling is that he doesn t cite these sources at least not in the Kindle edition that I read He does acknowledge them and in the sticky case of Plato tips [...]


  6. I would like to preface this by stating that I am not one who delights in polemics But when a person employs a flagrant neglect of distinction between fact and opinion, or worse, complete fiction, with an air of supreme arrogance and supposed historical knowledge, to facilitate the description of a key historical figure in a way that mars what little of truth we possess of said figure, in the name of bolstering one s own ethical and moral agenda, then I cannot remain silent I have never read any [...]


  7. A helpful perspective on Greece around 500 400 BC Johnson, as usual, describes varied aspects of the life and times, from the political to the artistic Of particular interest is Socrates involvement in Athenian life and the links between him and secular and Christian thought His influence on Western civilization is enormous, though Johnson perhaps overemphasizes the debt we owe him Ultimately, I think this book achieves its object at least for those who are willing to be convinced by showing Soc [...]


  8. Blergh This was a good book to sort of string together the different events of Socrates life, but I don t think Johnson presents the nuance required to separate Plato s presentation of Socrates from the reality of Socrates There were far too many unsubstantiated claims to make me trust Johnson s account Unreliable narrators do not make good biographers Also, I still don t quite know how Johnson sees Socrates as a man for our times, but maybe this was where the nuance happened and I failed to pic [...]


  9. Very quick read a biographical panegyric on Socrates, founder of Western philosophy, and culture and thought, etc etc.


  10. I always appreciate Johnson s concision, but while he satisfactorily covers Socrates life, death, and the relevant history of Athens, I wish he would have expounded on Socrates philosophy and how it was altered by his student, Plato.


  11. This book answered a question I ve had since reading The Republic in the 1990s Is Socrates really speaking or is Plato speaking through Socrates According to Johnson it varies from dialogue to dialogue In The Republic it s Socrates voice in the first book and then Plato plays ventriloquist from there on We know this because Socrates wasn t a prescriptive philosopher Philosophy was a practical way to discover virtue He liked talking with people and he desired to teach them to think about conventi [...]


  12. I prefer a broad brush approach that makes a general contrast between the Socratic and Platonic mentalities and then counsels the reader to study the dialogues and make up his or her own mind Never were truer words spoken This broad brush technique works like this what Johnson finds sympatico in Plato, belongs to Socrates otherwise Plato, who is, by the way, an intellectual academic, ergo bad How bad His transformation of Socrates from the real McCoy because, according to Johnson, the Apology is [...]


  13. This isn t exactly an introduction, because much of what Johnson discusses will require prior knowledge and familiarity with Socrates and this period of Greek history However, this work is nowhere near scholarly quality either This can only be a review or refresher yet it is a review of the author s highly biased ideas of what he wants Socrates to represent The author s style is at once narcissistic, pompous, and vague Johnson rebukes Plato for using Socrates as a mouthpiece for his own ideas, y [...]


  14. A well summarized view and look at the life of Socrates The first few chapters details Athens and Greek society as a whole It also goes heavily into the Sophists, Plato, democracy, and a lot on Pericles and how his governing of Athens affected Socrates It also goes into Euripedes and Aristophanes a lot and how they affected his life especially Aristophanes Clouds play.Sadly, due to nothing being written by Socrates we have to take a lot from Xenophon, Plato, and others And Plato tended to use So [...]


  15. Interesting quick read on Socrates and how his thoughts and ideas were distorted by Plato, especially in his later work Socrates is portrayed sort of like Athens beloved hermit warrior He lived in a small hovel with few comforts and, because of his size and satyr like face, was a valiant warrior It was said the Romans would avoid fighting him in battles Plato was kind of the privileged kid with a great mind, whereas as Socrates was the street smart guy with a great mind And of course his famous [...]


  16. A fine biography that nevertheless makes me wonder 1 Why does the author, who holds Socrates up as an ideal thinker for recognizing his own want of knowledge, seem so sure about so many statements Ancient Athens existed a long time ago, should we be so sure about everything 2 If the purpose of an analogy is to bring a reader a clearer understanding, why refer to out of reach anecdotes about British history like Gladstone s farewell to his cabinet Who s to benefit from this


  17. I enjoyed this book, though I was hoping to learn about what Socrates actually said as opposed to his life events Sadly, as this book points out, that is very difficult to do since Socrates did not bother to write anything down and we have to rely on Plato for what Socrates said This is problematic because Plato quite possibly put a significant number of ideas into Socrates s mouth Quite disappointing, but it can also be said that the life of Socrates was a lecture in and of itself.


  18. Not an in depth study on the philosophy of Socrates This book is not meant for those who want heavy reading and analysis on his ideas This book is best for people, like me, who want a concise understanding of the man, his beliefs, and his life.


  19. It s always disheartening when a scholar of Mr Johnson s caliber infuses his Christian ideals and perspectives into a study of a vastly important philosopher such as Socrates It doesn t belong there.


  20. This short book might just be the best introduction to Socrates that I ve read Paul Johnson is, of course, a wonderful writer with a unique and personable voice In this volume he delves into Socrates the man, his philosophy, and his historical context in a popular way that still shows clear signs of good scholarship in the background There aren t any footnotes or endnotes in this book, as it s not intended as an academic tome, but I can clearly see him interacting with many of the current contro [...]


  21. Short and sweet and Johnson can be long look at Socrates, with Johnson emphasizing some main points Socrates believed that humans must tame their bodily impulses and respond to the soul in order to gain balance and wisdom Socrates himself lived cheaply no shoes, poor clothes, infrequent meals etc Socrates led the effort to define justice not as what the strong decide to do, but what is just in any situation and the absolute, vs relative, value of justice The trial of Socrates was not unusual As [...]


  22. A concise overview of Socrates based on what little information we have While Johnson may employ some guesswork as to what part of Plato s Republic is Socrates or Plato coloring Socrates with his own ideals, he is no guilty than most historians on this point.I notice that some reviewers have been harsh almost to the point of vitriol on Johnson infusing his Christian ideals on poor Socrates Every single historian has a slant or bias and to think otherwise is naive It s the reader s responsibilit [...]


  23. This is not the Socrates who enchanted me in my very first philosophy class when we read Five Dialogues The life changing philosophy class after which I went on to declare a major This is also not the Socrates who fascinated me when reading Symposium and Phaedrus This is a hollow attempt at characterizing one of the greatest men in all of historyd so poorly done that I, as someone who isn t even primarily focused on ancient philosophy in terms of sub fields, can tell that there are certainly som [...]


  24. I found this to be a concise and picturesque impression of early Greek life, thought as well as a reasonable sketch of who Socrates was As the society was described and events played out, it had a feeling of almost recent history The names are different but it could fit well into present day events as if it had happened only yesterday I thought Johnson painted the characters of the various players in this scene, which I have not visited for many years, in recognizably very human terms It drew me [...]


  25. I give it three stars only because it make feel that I want to read a detailed biography and Plato Dialogues Apart from that was just a glimpse in a Socrate life without manage to have a proper perspective of the historical Greece.


  26. Great overview of Socrates Pretty fascinating dude Great prose and nice flow Not just a recessitation of facts


  27. Short, clear presentation of Socrates, Athens and beginnings of philosophy Excellent gateway introduction Eager to read something .


  28. Interesting view into the life of Socrates Thought provoking while making Socrates a person you wish you could have known


  29. I enjoyed this short read It gives you a good overview of the man s life The author apparently doesn t think to highly of Plato.


  30. Paul Johnson has given us not just a concise summary of the life of Socrates, but a meditation on and argument for Socrates continued importance to us, 2500 years after his death He also places Socrates in the context of his city and time Athens at the peak of its influence, and just afterwards the Age of Pericles, and its troubled aftermath In clear prose, and with a distinctive point of view, Johnson reminds us that we are, in a very real sense, indebted to the ancient Greeks, and to the Athen [...]