The Death of Socrates

Jean Paul Mongin and Yann Le Bras

The Death of Socrates

Jean Paul Mongin and Yann Le Bras

Distributed for Diaphanes

Illustrated by Yann Le BrasTranslated by Anna Street
64 pages | illustrated in color throughout | 6 x 8 2/3 | © 2015
Cloth $15.00 ISBN: 9783037345443 Published September 2015
At its most basic, philosophy is about learning how to think about the world around us. It should come as no surprise, then, that children make excellent philosophers! Naturally inquisitive, pint-size scholars need little prompting before being willing to consider life’s “big questions,” however strange or impractical. Plato & Co. introduces children—and curious grown-ups—to the lives and work of famous philosophers, from Descartes to Socrates, Einstein, Marx, and Wittgenstein. Each book in the series features an engaging—and often funny—story that presents basic tenets of philosophical thought alongside vibrant color illustrations.
“Tell us, Delphic Oracle, who is the wisest man in all of Greece?” So begins The Death of Socrates. No mortal man is wiser than Socrates, who, on his daily walks through Athens, talks to all the people he meets. When the person he talks to takes himself to be very wise, Socrates asks so many questions that the person ends up admitting he knows nothing. When he runs into people who know little, Socrates sets them on the way to wisdom. But not everyone shares Socrates’s love for the truth. When the people of Athens become angry with him for his ceaseless questioning, how will he find the courage to continue to speak the truth?
                Plato & Co.’s clear approach and charming illustrations make this series the perfect addition to any little library.
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The Death of Socrates
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Publishers Weekly, on the Plato & Co. series
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“Great thinkers viewed from unusual angles.”
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