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

The Best Things in Life

A Contemporary Socrates Looks at Power, Pleasure, Truth the Good Life

by Peter Kreeft

The Best Things in Life
  • Length: 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: July 12, 1984
  • Imprint: IVP
  • Item Code: 0922
  • ISBN: 9780877849223

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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 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.

"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.' "

Thomas Howard

"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."

The Reformed Journal



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



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Peter Kreeft

Peter Kreeft (PhD, 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 Handbook of Christian Apologetics (with Ronald Tacelli).