The Best Things in Life
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.
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.
"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.' "
"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."
Foreword by Anytus of Athens
I. 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 Good
II. 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