The Best Things in Life

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

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 15mm | 236g
  • IVP Books
  • United States
  • English
  • 0877849226
  • 9780877849223
  • 173,701

Table of contents


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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Review quote

"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
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About Peter Kreeft

Peter J. 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).
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