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The Life and Opinions of Socrates

E-book containing excerpts from Diogenes Laertius

The Life and Opinions of Socrates is a new e-book that I created, which contains excerpts on Socrates and the key members of the Socratic Circle, from Diogenes Laertius' Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers. This mini-course contains download links that you can use to obtain copies of the EPUB, Kindle (MOBI) or PDF versions of the book. This text has been carefully edited and proofread to make it more accessible to modern readers. It contains chapters on:

  1. Socrates
  2. Antisthenes, one of his closest followers, who reputedly inspired the Cynic tradition
  3. Aristippus, who founded the Cyrenaic school of hedonism
  4. Xenophon, his close friend and author of a surviving Symposium and Memorabilia of Socrates
  5. Plato, his most famous student, although a younger member of the Socratic circle

This e-book will probably be expanded and annotated in the future so by enrolling you'll receive an email notification when new versions become available for download.


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Donald Robertson
Donald Robertson

Donald is a trainer and writer, with over twenty years’ experience. He’s a specialist in teaching evidence-based psychological skills, and known as an expert on the relationship between modern cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and and classical Greek and Roman philosophy. He was born in Scotland but worked as a psychotherapist for many years in London, England, where he ran a training school for therapists, before emigrating to Canada to focus on his writing and developing e-learning courses. Donald is the author of six books on philosophy and psychotherapy, as well as having contributed chapters to four other book and published many articles in journals and magazines. His new book How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius is currently available for pre-order and due out in January 2019. You can contact him via his website.


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