The Best Things in Life: A Contemporary Socrates Looks at Power, Pleasure, Truth & the Good Life

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What are the best things in life?

Questions like that may boggle your mind. But they don't boggle Socrates. The indomitable old Greek brings his unending questions to Desperate State University. With him come the same mind-opening and spirit-stretching challenge that disrupted ancient Athens.
What is the purpose of education?Why do we make love?What good is money?Can computers think like people?Is there a ...

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Overview

What are the best things in life?

Questions like that may boggle your mind. But they don't boggle Socrates. The indomitable old Greek brings his unending questions to Desperate State University. With him come the same mind-opening and spirit-stretching challenge that disrupted ancient Athens.
What is the purpose of education?Why do we make love?What good is money?Can computers think like people?Is there a difference between Capitalism and Communism?What is the greatest good?Is belief in God like belief in Santa Claus?

In twelve short, Socratic dialogues Peter Kreeft explodes contemporary values like success, power and pleasure. And he bursts the modern bubbles of agnosticism and subjectivism. He leaves you richer, wiser and more able to discern what the best things in life actually are.

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Editorial Reviews

The Reformed Journal
"Kreeft has succeeded admirably in his revival of Socrates. . . . Kreeft's Socrates [is] recognizably the gadfly moralist, irreverent and reverent about just the right things."
Thomas Howard
"Any reader sitting down to persue these dialogues . . . [will] find himself roused, amused, entertained and instructed. Peter Kreeft does what all great teachers do: he returns us, again and again and again, to what T. S. Eliot called 'the permanent things.' "
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780877849223
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 7/12/1984
  • Pages: 190
  • Sales rank: 274,059
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter J. Kreeft (Ph.D., Fordham University) is professor of philosophy at Boston College where he has taught since 1965. A popular lecturer, he has also taught at many other colleges, seminaries and educational institutions in the eastern United States. Kreeft has written more than fifty books, including The Best Things in Life, The Journey, How to Win the Culture War and, with Ronald Tacelli, Handbook of Christian Apologetics.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Foreword by Anytus of AthensI. Socrates and Peter Pragma
1. On Education and E.T.
2. On Liberal Education and Careers
3. On Technology and Inchworms
4. On Artificial Intelligence and College Presidents
5. On Superstition and Santa Claus
6. On Success and the Greatest GoodII. Socrates and Felicia Flake
7. On Pot and Happiness
8. On Rock . . . . and Music
9. On Sex and Love
10. On Sexism and Pop Psychology
11. On Communism and Capitalism
Interlude before Felicia's Oxford Tutorial
12. On Objective Values
Postscript
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