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Philosophy 101 by Socrates: An Introduction to Philosophy
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Philosophy 101 by Socrates: An Introduction to Philosophy


Ignatius 2002

Runs on Windows, Mac and mobile.


Peter Kreeft presents this introduction to philosophy to help beginners not only understand philosophy, but fall in love with it. In his forty years of teaching, Kreeft says the most effective way to accomplish this purpose has been reading Plato’s Socratic dialogues.

Philosophy means “the love of wisdom.” In this volume Kreeft uses the dialogues of Plato to help the reader grow in that love of wisdom. No philosopher has ever been more simple, clear, and accessible to beginners as Socrates through Plato. He focuses on the Apology, what Kreeft calls “the Magna Carta of philosophy” and “a portable classroom,” as a model partner for the reader to dialogue with.

In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Save more when you purchase this book as part of the Peter Kreeft Bundle (27 vols.).

Key Features

  • Provides a helpful introduction to philosophy
  • Uses the dialogues of Plato to help the reader grow into a love of wisdom
  • Focuses on the Apology as a model partner for the reader to dialogue with


  • The Apology of Socrates: Philosophy Defended
  • From the Euthyphro: Philosophy Exemplified
  • From the Phaedo: Philosophy Martyred

Praise for the Print Edition

If only every introductory course were as engaging as Philosophy 101 by Peter Kreeft! Kreeft offers a marvelous way of using Plato’s Apology both to introduce the whole scope of philosophy and to evoke a personal response.

—Joseph Koterski, professor of philosophy, Fordham University

A terrific introduction to philosophy. It will awaken many a student to the delights of Plato and philosophy. The comparisons of Socrates with Christ are fascinating. This book will go a long way to consoling those who are not privileged to have Socrates or Kreeft as teachers in the flesh.

—Janet Smith, professor of philosophy, University of Dallas

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About Peter Kreeft

Peter Kreeft is a philosopher, theologian, and apologist. His concise, lucid, wit-infused prose draws frequent comparisons to that of C. S. Lewis. He has written dozens of books on understanding philosophy, defending the Christian faith, and encouraging Catholics on difficult doctrine. He is currently professor of philosophy at Boston College.