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Socrates Meets Descartes: The Father of Philosophy Analyzes the Father of Modern Philosophy's Discourse on Method [Paperback]

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Pages   237
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.06" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.66"
Weight:   0.58 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2007
Publisher   Ignatius Press
ISBN  1586171887  
EAN  9781586171889  

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This is the 5th volume in the series of popular volumes by the Peter Kreeft, in which the "Father of Philosophy", Socrates, cross-examines various other important philosophers and thinkers (in previous books he examined Marx, Sarte, Machiavelli, and Socrates himself.) Kreeft states that Socrates and Descartes are perhaps the two most important philosophers who have ever lived, because they are the two who made the most difference to all philosophy after them. These two fathers of philosophy stand at the beginning of the two basic philosophical options: the classical and the modern. Kreeft focuses on seven features that unite these two major philosophers and distinguish them from all others. So this dialog between Socrates and Descartes is a dialog between the fundamental stages in the history of philosophy, the history of consciousness, and the history of Western culture. Like his other works in this popular series, this book is profound and witty reading that makes for an entertaining and insightful exploration of modern philosophy. It will appeal to both the common reader as well as to those more philosophically inclined.

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Peter Kreeft Peter J. Kreeft (Ph.D., Fordham University) was born in 1937 and 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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This book is a great read  Sep 19, 2008
This is written in a dialog format between Descartes and Socrates. It is a great introduction to Discourse on Method. Kreeft makes it easy for those of us who don't have much of a background in philosophy to understand what Descartes was teaching and the errors it contained. I can't wait to read Kreeft's other books in this series!
Too short to do the job  Dec 30, 2007
Kreeft's latest entry in his Socrates Meets ... series got my hopes up. For better or worse, the way 21st Century westerners look at the world is very much the product of Descartes' philosophy.

And that makes it unfortunate that, every time a critical topic is broached, it gets sidelined after a few paragraphs with an admonition to the interested reader to pursue it further--with no suggestions for further reading given anywhere in the book. (Sort of. Kreeft does mention Pascal's Pensées several times, including the very end of the book. The Pensées present an alternative viewpoint, but Pascal does not present counter-arguments in direct response to Descartes' claims.)

On the bright side, Kreeft is far more sympathetic to Descartes than he was to any of the other philosophers in the series (Marx, Machiavelli, Sartre), leading to a much less abrasive tone to the book. Perhaps it is this very sympathy that leads him to venture into deeper waters, only to back out just when the topic gets interesting.

I'd be very interested to see a longer treatment from Dr. Kreeft. As it is, the book isn't a waste of time, but it could have been so much more. At the very least, it cries out for a "suggestions for further reading" section.

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