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The Unaborted Socrates: A Dramatic Debate on the Issues Surrounding Abortion Paperback – August 13, 1983
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Peter J. Kreeft (PhD, Fordham University) is professor of philosophy at Boston College where he has taught since 1965. A popular lecturer, he has also taught at many other colleges, seminaries and educational institutions in the eastern United States. Kreeft has written more than fifty books, including The Best Things in Life, The Journey, How to Win the Culture War, and Handbook of Christian Apologetics (with Ronald Tacelli).
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While debating pro choice vs pro life, Socrates seeks peace and common ground with Dr. Rex H. Using the basics of logic and gentle persuasion, he brings his opponent to his side without arguments and anger that leaving both sides hurt and unwilling to see the other side.
Socrates' method is to remain neutral, choosing neither side but simply agreeing to explore and dicover the truth along with Dr. H.
A profound read that will give you logical and solid facts on abortion.
The only reason that I really give it four and a half stars is that the kindle edition has a rather large number of typos, so a little sloppy on the copying.
I wound definitely recommend this book to young and old alike, although perhaps the paper edition.
Fabulous job, Peter Kreeft!
Dr. Kreeft makes the details of the arguments for both sides a bit more approachable by embedding them in an imaginary dialogue. It is witty and entertaining and though I am no expert on philosophy it seems to effectively demonstrate the ability of Socratic logic to strip away pretense, false premise and emotionalism.
Of course post-modern philosophy has proclaimed reason and truth "dead" and such thinking renders the logic in this thin volume nearly worthless. Nonetheless there may still be a few jolly souls that would enjoy trying to poke holes in Dr. Kreeft's dialogues. I would actually welcome such an effort, but haven't found any to date. Feel free to enlighten me if you have seen anyone challenge this imaginary Socrates' way of thinking and provide convincing counter arguments. I'd really like to be challenged by such a response or engage such a person in some friendly dialogue over a drink or two!
I didn't expect this, but it really does a nice job of teaching the reader how to have debate, without getting emotional or verbally attacking the other person. The writer sticks very closely to rational thought, and I really appreciated that. I will not be selling this book. It's worth the money, and worth a re-read.
The English is excellent as well. I didn't need a dictionary on-hand, just to understand one sentence :)
It is serious philosophy and ethics presented in a lucid and readable manner.
Obviously abortionists (prochoicers) might feel differently on reading it, but I am certain they will be challenged.