Socrates Cafe: A Fresh Taste of Philosophy

3.64 avg rating
( 1,038 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780393322989: Socrates Cafe: A Fresh Taste of Philosophy
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

"A bracing, rollicking read about the spark that ignites when people start asking meaningful questions." ―O Magazine

Christopher Phillips is a man on a mission: to revive the love of questions that Socrates inspired long ago in ancient Athens. "Like a Johnny Appleseed with a master's degree, Phillips has gallivanted back and forth across America, to cafés and coffee shops, senior centers, assisted-living complexes, prisons, libraries, day-care centers, elementary and high schools, and churches, forming lasting communities of inquiry" (Utne Reader). Phillips not only presents the fundamentals of philosophical thought in this "charming, Philosophy for Dummies-type guide" (USA Today); he also recalls what led him to start his itinerant program and re-creates some of the most invigorating sessions, which come to reveal sometimes surprising, often profound reflections on the meaning of love, friendship, work, growing old, and others among Life's Big Questions.

"How to Start Your Own Socrates Café" guide included.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

For Christopher Phillips, philosophy is a passion: it is not so much a discipline to be learned as an experience to be lived. Taking his cue from Socrates, the inaugurator of the Western philosophical tradition, Phillips embarks on a search for truth and meaning through a series of conversations that is at once refreshing, humorous, troubling, confusing, encouraging, depressing, and provocative. What makes Plato's Socratic dialogues so enduring--and Phillips's book so intriguing--is that for both Plato and Phillips, philosophy is not something you read or study. It is something you do. Plato wrote in Parmenides that "without wandering around and examining everything in detail one is unable to secure understanding." Phillips takes this approach--the Socratic approach--to heart. In the course of Socrates Café, he travels around asking questions of everyone who's interested. Just like the real Socrates, who did not confine himself to the Athenian ivory tower, Phillips searches out public conversations--what he calls Socrates cafés--with children, seniors, psychiatrists, prisoners, ex-academics, students, lawyers, and everyday people. In a sense, the book is a series of short, modern-day Socratic dialogues interspersed with meditations on the nature of philosophical inquiry.

Phillips seizes upon what the Greeks called "elenchus," a method of inquiry that helps people see their own beliefs and opinions more clearly. In the course of the numerous Socrates cafés highlighted in this book, Phillips persistently reminds us that we ought to ask questions simply because the process is good for us. In each of the cafés, the participants vary as widely as the questions, and the dialogues are by turns candid, insightful, muddled, intelligent, bland, and piquant. The real meaning of Socrates Café lies in the contentious and wonderful space of human interaction. --Eric de Place

About the Author:

Christopher Phillips is an educator, author, and pro-democracy activist. Visit him on the Web at www.christopherphillips.com.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780393049565: Socrates Cafe: A Fresh Taste of Philosophy

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0393049566 ISBN 13:  9780393049565
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc, 2001
Hardcover

9780718830205: Socrates Cafe: A Fresh Taste of Philosophy

Lutter..., 2002
Softcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Phillips, Christopher
Published by W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN 10: 039332298X ISBN 13: 9780393322989
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Monky Business: briansmonky
(Worcester, MA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description W. W. Norton & Company. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 039332298X Ask about discounted shipping available when multiple items are purchased at the same time. FAST, RELIABLE, GUARANTEED and happily SHIPPED WITHIN 1 BUSINESS DAY! INTERNATIONAL: Rate shown only covers items 8 oz or less! IF item is heavy additional postage MAY be required. . Seller Inventory # BX18-2864

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 6.75
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.50
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Phillips, Christopher
ISBN 10: 039332298X ISBN 13: 9780393322989
New Quantity Available: 6
Seller:
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2002. PAP. Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # IB-9780393322989

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 7.94
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Phillips, Christopher
ISBN 10: 039332298X ISBN 13: 9780393322989
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2002. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # KS-9780393322989

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 8.02
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

PHILLIPS,CHRISTOPHER
Published by WW Norton Publishers
ISBN 10: 039332298X ISBN 13: 9780393322989
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description WW Norton Publishers. Condition: New. Brand New. Seller Inventory # 039332298X

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 8.69
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.60
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Phillips, Christopher
Published by W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN 10: 039332298X ISBN 13: 9780393322989
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Lakeside Books
(Benton Harbor, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description W. W. Norton & Company. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 039332298X BRAND NEW, GIFT QUALITY! NOT OVERSTOCKS OR MARKED UP REMAINDERS! DIRECT FROM THE PUBLISHER!|0.64. Seller Inventory # OTF-S-9780393322989

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 8.91
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Phillips, Christopher
Published by W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN 10: 039332298X ISBN 13: 9780393322989
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Booklot COM LLC
(Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description W. W. Norton & Company. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 039332298X. Seller Inventory # Z039332298XZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 13.07
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

Phillips, Christopher
Published by W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN 10: 039332298X ISBN 13: 9780393322989
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Mega Buzz
(Bensalem, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description W. W. Norton & Company. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 039332298X. Seller Inventory # Z039332298XZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 13.07
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

8.

Phillips, Christopher
Published by W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN 10: 039332298X ISBN 13: 9780393322989
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Best Bates
(Bensalem, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description W. W. Norton & Company. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 039332298X. Seller Inventory # Z039332298XZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 13.07
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

9.

Phillips, Christopher
Published by W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN 10: 039332298X ISBN 13: 9780393322989
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Bookhouse COM LLC
(Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description W. W. Norton & Company. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 039332298X. Seller Inventory # Z039332298XZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 13.07
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

10.

Phillips, Christopher
Published by W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN 10: 039332298X ISBN 13: 9780393322989
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BookShop4U
(PHILADELPHIA, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description W. W. Norton & Company. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 039332298X. Seller Inventory # Z039332298XZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 13.07
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book