Soul of Goodness: Transform Grievous Hurt, Betrayal, and Setback into Love, Joy, and Compassion

Soul of Goodness: Transform Grievous Hurt, Betrayal, and Setback into Love, Joy, and Compassion

by Christopher Phillips Ph.D
Soul of Goodness: Transform Grievous Hurt, Betrayal, and Setback into Love, Joy, and Compassion

Soul of Goodness: Transform Grievous Hurt, Betrayal, and Setback into Love, Joy, and Compassion

by Christopher Phillips Ph.D

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Overview

Christopher Phillips has devoted his life to carrying the torch of Socrates and his quest to “Know Thyself.” Yet upon the death of his beloved father and mentor, the originator of the burgeoning global Socrates Café movement had little choice but to confront the inescapable truth: that there are some things we cannot know for sure. This moving, insightful and ultimately hopeful and helpful blend of memoir and philosophical exploration begins in Phillips’ native stomping grounds of the tiny volcanic island of Nisyros, Greece and unfurls through space and time as the author explores the connections between his immediate circumstances and the eternal wisdom of popular philosophers. – In this personal and probing book, the acclaimed ‘philosopher for the people’ shares lessons gleaned from his intimate and often unexpected encounters with uncommonly perceptive human beings both living and long deceased, in the form of weary travelers and some of history’s greatest thinkers, from Heraclitus to Dr. Cornel West. Along the way, he charts a pathway for sculpting what Shakespeare describes as a “soul of goodness,” which meshes with Plato’s paradigm-shattering conception of the “healthiness of soul.” For those struggling to overcome the hopelessness that can result from grievous loss, setback, or betrayal – what Phillips’ touchstone Percy Blythe Shelley calls life circumstances “darker than death or night” – the author spotlights, with philosophical prescriptions both timely and timeless, how to cultivate a ‘Socratic spirit’ that leads to renewed love, forbearance, and hope at the other end of the tunnel.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633887886
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publication date: 02/08/2022
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 670,976
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Dr Phillips is an American author, educator, consultant, lecturer, and pro-democracy advocate. He is best known for his 2001 book Socrates Café (RTD 33219). Public Radio International called Phillips the "Johnny Appleseed of Philosophy." He has authored seven books in total. Dr. Phillips was named Network Fellow at Harvard University‘s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, was 2012 recipient of the Distinguished American Leadership Award, and founded the nonprofit Democracy Cafe — its flagship Socrates Cafe and Democracy Cafe initiatives are global phenomena — dedicated to making ours a more connected, understanding and participatory world in which ‘civility’ is an outcome rather than a prerequisite. He is co-founder of the entrepreneurial endeavor Socrates Group, the first Senior Education Fellow at the National Constitution Center, and was a senior writing and research fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also an Investment Advisor Representative for Martin Capital Advisors, LLP,

Table of Contents

Foreword Dr. Cornel West ix

Prologue: The Wall xiii

Part I In-Between Worlds

Priceless Rendezvous in Sao Paulo 19

Encounter at the Office of Brother Cornel West 35

The Philosopher's Stone 45

The Cancer Ward 69

The Path of a Ningen 77

The In-Between World 89

Sorry Business 97

Sleepless in Busan 103

Life and Death Café 117

From the Cradle to the Grave 129

Part II Soul of Goodness

A Desire for Goodness 147

Tragic Hero of Goodness 151

Drop of Goodness 159

Shall We Dance? 163

Acknowledgments 169

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