Socrates' Way: Seven Keys to Using Your Mind to the Utmost

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Socrates has inspired and guided the brightest men and women for more than two thousand years. Now you can make him your mentor-to strengthen your thinking, enrich your life, and reach your goals.

In Socrates' Way, you meet Socrates face-to-face, hear his voice, and learn how he changes people's lives. The book provides step-by-step guidance on how to harness his methods to ...

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Overview

Socrates has inspired and guided the brightest men and women for more than two thousand years. Now you can make him your mentor-to strengthen your thinking, enrich your life, and reach your goals.

In Socrates' Way, you meet Socrates face-to-face, hear his voice, and learn how he changes people's lives. The book provides step-by-step guidance on how to harness his methods to vastly enhance your own creativity and autonomy. Specifically, Socrates shares the seven keys to using one's mind to the utmost:

  • Know thyself
  • Grow with friends
  • Ask great questions
  • Strengthen your soul
  • Verify everything
  • Speak frankly
  • Free your mind

You will master the famed "Socratic Method" for getting to the root of any problem; launch one of Socrates' exhilarating "Dialogues" among your colleagues at work, as well as at home; and sharpen and enliven your thinking. In short, you will discover the Socratic spirit in you.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585421923
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 524,442
  • Product dimensions: 7.53 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

For more than twenty years and in more than fifteen books, Ronald Gross's pioneering ideas on the potential of the human mind have captivated tens of thousands. He lives in Great Neck, New York.

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Table of Contents

Socrates' Way Foreword: by Michael J. Gelb

Preface: Socrates, My Mentor

Introduction: Socrates' Life and Times-and Ours

1. Know Thyself
The unexamined life is not worth living

2. Ask Great Questions
My way toward the truth is to ask the right questions.

3. Think for Yourself
Do not be convinced by me. Be convinced by the truth.

4. Challenge Conventions
We must escape from the Cave of illusions.

5. Grow with Friends
A flame of wisdom illuminated and warmed us, which none of us could have ignited alone.

6. Speak the Truth
It has been my fixed principle to speak the truth.

7. Strengthen Your Soul
Oh, my friend, why so little care for your soul?

Socrates' Way for Women
To judge a person's capability by gender is like judging a man's intelligence by the amount of hair on his head.

Appendix A: Reading the Socratic Dialogues Appendix B: Best Books on Socrates and Our Classical Heritage Appendix C: Socrates and His World on the Web

Aknowledgments The Socrates Project Graduate Programs in the Classics in the United States and Canada A Course on Socrates Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2004

    More Than A Method, For More Than The Mind

    For many the term 'Socratic' evokes the countenance of the hemlock-drinking gadfly of Greek antiquity or the pedagogy of iconic Law School don Professor Kingsfield in the 1973 film, 'The Paper Chase.' For author Ronald Gross, the designation is symbolic not just of a man or inquisitional teaching style, but also of a distinctive and rewarding orientation to life itself, one he claims to have - - - and makes a compelling case for believing he has - - - lived for the past twenty years. Socrates¿ Way introduces this approach, personified by the ancient philosopher some of us thought we knew but didn¿t, or at best knew only superficially from some long-forgotten Western Civilization class. By reputation most of us are acquainted with Socrates the provocateur and logician, ever-ready to deflate an untested assumption or weak argument with pointed and masterfully-aimed questions. Fewer of us are familiar with the other Socrateses revealed in this book: the friend, the conversationalist, the bon vivant, the citizen, the soldier, and the student. As the author points out, these and other lesser-known faces of the legendary philosopher represent personal potentialities that we can develop fully if we are willing to follow his example and are embodied in the Seven Keys, to which each a full chapter is dedicated. As with many of the authors¿ previous works such as The Independent Scholars¿ Handbook and Peak Learning, Socrates¿ Way is a chockablock with the author¿s trademark blend of reasoned encouragement, concrete examples and practical applications. Some may find certain Keys (e.g. ¿Grow With Friends¿) difficult at best and impracticable at worst in what appears at times to be an increasingly anti-intellectual age. If such is the case it is worth noting that Socrates himself did not always find such precepts easy to follow, as his ultimate demise illustrates. That said, I cannot, however, imagine anyone¿s days not being enriched by embracing at least one of these Keys. Most of us know Socrates¿ dictum that the unexamined life is not worth living. Given the example of the journey travelled by the full-blooded sage so ably portrayed in the pages of this book, one is inclined to believe he would similarly admonish that the unlived life is not worth examining. Socrates¿ Way shows us not only how to explore such a life, but how to walk a path befitting such scrutiny.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2003

    For students of themselves

    This is an excellent choice for anyone who is serious about the quest for self improvement. With the large amount of material available on that subject it's often overwhelming to discern the useful from the waste of time. This one is a gem of usefulness in making practical the applications of Socrates' methods in everyday interactions with one's self and with others.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2002

    My book "find" of the year.

    What a terrific book! Who would think that reading about an ancient Greek would be so riveting and rewarding? On any page you can find so much that is relevant to your life and the world today that it is hard to put down, or forget. The lovely illustrations, format and layout make it very readable. It invites and inspires you to go on finding out more. The way Socrates, so long ago, can show us today how to enhance our lives, think clearly, and enliven our own spirit is positively encouraging in our troubled world. I, for one, have not read such an accessible, intellectual and invigorating book in ages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2002

    A great handbook for The Good Life

    Remembering Socrates from college reading, I really enjoyed getting to know him first-hand in this beautifully illustrated book. In each chapter the author took me back to "the glories that were Greece", then showed how fascinating people today use Socrates' principles, and finally offered wonderful Exercises which are really fun to do. A great adventure in learning and growth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2012

    Good

    The book helps you gain a new and refreshing outlook towards life. It is a very good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2002

    Socrate's Way: Seven Keys to Using Your Mind to the Utmost

    Socrates¿ Way is the best book on self-development I have read since Michael Gelb¿s How to Think Like Leonardo. Gross shows how to apply the famous Socratic Method to such practical issues as how to choose your friends, how to get new ideas to improve your life, and how to find the time to nurture your emotional life. I especially enjoyed the chapter on ¿Socrates¿ Way for Women,¿ which showed why the unique psychological strengths which many women have, equip us so well to succeed in the 21st century. Corene Ross

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2002

    Socrate's Way: Seven Keys to Using Your Mind to the Utmost

    TITLE: Socrates is ME! Reading this wonderful book, I realized that the same spirit that inspired Socrates, is alive and well in me! Like him, I want to Think for Myself, Grow with Friends, Ask Great Questions, and Strengthen My Soul. The book enabled me walk around Athens with Socrates, learning from him as if he were my personal tutor. There are numerous exercises in which you put his principles right to work in your life. (I used his ¿best question to ask about the organization where you work¿ to get myself a promotion!) Christy-Hansen Bernal

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2002

    Yea! Yea! Socrates Way!

    Ron Gross has written a spellbinding, user friendly book unusual in that it juxtaposes Socrates' methods and philosphies with today's lifestyle. Each chapter illuminates Socratic ideas that merit pondering, e.g., Chapter Four: "Challenge Convention: ("Escaping from the cave of illusions"--how pertinent!); and Chapter Two: "Ask Great Questions" ("the way toward the truth"). The concept of the "100 questions" was especially intriguing. The final chapter, seven, acquaints us with Socrates' enlightened attitude toward women: "To judge a person's capability by gender is like judging a man's intelligence by the amount of hair on his head." Check out Socrates' Way if you and your friends want to be both educated and entertained.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2002

    My new "coach," Socrates!

    This book brought Socrates alive for me -- both as a witty, loving, and charismatic character in his own time, AND as a living presence who can energize our lives today. While reading the book I started implementing four of the seven keys to using my mind more effectively, and found them immediately rewarding. The many fresh ways of Asking Questions have already changed my conversational style, and I've freed my mind of several long-held misconceptions about myself. I feel much more in control of my thinking and my creative process.

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