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Socrates vs. the Sophists on Ethics

Peter Kreeft

March 2, 2023


In this lecture series, Dr. Peter Kreeft examines key ideas in philosophy by comparing and contrasting two representative philosophers in each episode.

In lecture 1, Dr. Kreeft examines the father of philosophy, Socrates, who paved the way for reason by defining terms clearly and proving conclusions logically. He discusses the importance of understanding Socrates in order to be able to respond to the philosophy of the Sophists, whose philosophy is marked more by cleverness than by wisdom, more by appearance than by truth, and more by emotion than by logic. Today, this philosophy has reemerged, and it has taken root in our current culture.

To learn more about these philosophers and the other major philosophers who helped shape the world, check out Dr. Kreeft’s book series, “Socrates’ Children: An Introduction to Philosophy from the 100 Greatest Philosophers.”