Socrates (c. 470–399 BCE) was a Greek philosopher from Athens. He is credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy and as being the first moral philosopher of the Western ethical tradition of thought. Though he authored no texts, he is known chiefly through the accounts of classical writers composing after his lifetime, particularly by his students Plato and Xenophon.


The Ideas of Socrates

In this lecture we examine the ideas of Socrates.

Against Persuasion

Philosophers aren’t the only ones who love wisdom. Everyone, philosopher or not, loves her own wisdom: the wisdom she has or takes herself to have. What distinguishes the philosopher is loving the wisdom she doesn’t have.


Socrates: Greatest Quotes on Life (Ancient Greek Philosophy)

I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.

Socrates & Plato Now & Then

Plato fell under Socrates’ inspiration. In Plato’s dialogues Socrates quizzes mostly the Athenian aristocracy, but others too, on their understanding of such important concepts as justice, virtue, beauty, love and knowledge.


Socrates: Question Everything

Socrates: A Man for Our Times

In his highly acclaimed style, historian Paul Johnson masterfully disentangles centuries of scarce sources to offer a riveting account of Socrates, who is often hailed as the most important thinker of all time.

Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.


Why Socrates Hated Democracy

The Trial of Socrates

In unraveling the long-hidden issues of the most famous free speech case of all time, noted author I. F. Stone ranges far and wide over Roman as well as Greek history to present an engaging and rewarding introduction to classical antiquity and its relevance to society today.