Review of ‘Philosophy in Seven Sentences’ by Douglas Groothuis

Douglas Groothuis, Philosophy in Seven Sentences: A Small Introduction to a Vast Topic (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2016). Philosophy in Seven Sentences is, as the subtitle puts it, “a small introduction to a vast topic.” Using seven sentences from famous philosophers, Douglas Groothuis (pronounced GROAT-hise) introduces readers to important questions in epistemology (the study of knowing) and metaphysics (the study of being). Here are the sentences he chooses: Protagoras: “Man is the measure of all things.” Socrates: “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Aristotle: “All men by nature desire to know.” Augustine: “You have made us for yourself, … Continue reading Review of ‘Philosophy in Seven Sentences’ by Douglas Groothuis

Review of ‘Socrates Meets Marx’ by Peter Kreeft

 Peter Kreeft, Socrates Meets Marx: The Father of Philosophy Cross-examines the Founder of Communism (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2003). Paperback / Kindle The setting for all the books in Peter Kreeft’s Socrates Meets _____ series is Purgatory, where Socrates engages a famous philosopher in dialogue about one of the latter’s best-known books. Inspired by both Plato’s dialogues and Dante’s Divine Comedy, this setting gives Kreeft the opportunity to unpack—and even unwind—a philosopher’s arguments by use of close, but often humorous reasoning. Philosophers examined in this series include Descartes, Hume, Kant, Machiavelli, and Sartre. This volume examines Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto. … Continue reading Review of ‘Socrates Meets Marx’ by Peter Kreeft