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Author Phillips, Christopher, 1959 July 15-

Title Six questions of Socrates : a modern-day journey of discovery through world philosophy / Christopher Phillips.

Imprint New York : W.W. Norton, c2004.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Special Collections Reitz  179.9 P541s, 2004    ---  Lib Use Only
Edition 1st ed.
Description 320 p. ; 21 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 310-313) and index.
Contents What is virtue? -- What is moderation? -- What is justice? -- What is good? -- What is courage? -- What is piety? -- Is excellence still possible? -- Acknowledgments -- Further reading -- Index.
Summary "In Six Questions of Socrates, Christopher Phillips poses Socrates' "original" questions - as recorded by Plato - in the most diverse cultural circumstances. This unconventional method of discussion brings out surprising commonalities - he begins with "What is virtue?" in the remains of an ancient marketplace in Athens and moves on to a Navajo reservation in the Southwest, where it turns out that the Navajo conception of virtue, hozho, includes a sense of order and harmony with the natural world both similar to and distinct from the conception of the ancient Greeks. In Detroit, Phillips discusses "What is moderation?" with a group of twenty Muslim women, some veiled, some not, who explain to him the Koranic notion of a "just mean" or "balance between extremes."" "Along Phillips's journey, one learns both about Western philosophers from the ancient Greeks to Nietzsche and about the philosophical traditions of Native American tribes, Asian cultures, and the Islamic world. Phillips shows how "big questions" are inseparable from timely political issues, as when in Mexico his companions consider the question of "What is justice?" and discuss the endemic corruption of the Mexican police force and political system; just as the question of "What is piety?" has particularly intense meaning for a group of Catholics reeling from the priest sex-abuse scandals."--Jacket.
Note 35902004207052 c.1 Special Collec. Reitz. Gift of Charles Reitz.
Subject Virtues.
ISBN 0393051579

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