The Hemlock Cup

Author: Bettany Hughes

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446419169

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 544

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We think the way we do because Socrates thought the way he did. His aphorism 'The unexamined life is not worth living' may have originated twenty-five centuries ago, but it is a founding principle of modern life. For seventy years Socrates was a vigorous citizen of Golden Age Athens, philosophising in the squares and public arenas rather than in the courts of kings, before his beloved city turned on him, condemning him to death by poison. Socrates lived in and contributed to a city that nurtured key ingredients of contemporary civilisation - democracy, liberty, science, drama, rational thought - yet, as he wrote almost nothing down, he himself is an enigmatic figure. In The Hemlock Cup, acclaimed historian Bettany Hughes gives Socrates the biography he deserves, painstakingly piecing together Socrates' life and using fresh evidence to get closer to the man who asked 'how should we live?' - a question as relevant now as it has ever been.

Hemlock's Cup

Author: Donald William Cox

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Medical

Page: 311

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Chronicles the growth of the euthanasia movement in the United States, addressing the ethical issues of assisted suicides and examining the Hemlock Society and Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the famed "suicide doctor."

The Academy

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: 456

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Academy and Literature

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: 508

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'Neath Austral Skies

Author: Edward Booth Loughran

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Australia

Page: 204

View: 7034


A Vision of Life

Author: William Gifford Palgrave

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: 426

View: 5229