What if Socrates and Kant could be brought to life to engage in a dialogue about key philosophical questions? Peter Kreeft creatively resurrects the two noble philosophers and transcribes for us their fascinating discussion in his book Socrates Meets Kant.
In full iconic style, Kreeft, creates a book where the Father of Philosophy, Socrates, meets his most influential modern child, Immanuel Kant. Naturally using the Socratic Method, Socrates gives an insightful cross-examination of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason and Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals.
Even more intriguing is Kreeft’s way of giving Socrates an understanding of modern life enabling the conversation to be relevant for today’s readers. In contrast, the portrayal of Kant stays strictly within the confines of his own time period. Thus when Socrates analogously refers to a computer, Kant has no idea what he is talking about. This helps add to the humorous nature of the book.
It is truly a creative idea to bring Socrates to life because students of philosophy and the academy at large thrive on the Socratic Method. Learning about Kant through a fictional dialogue with Socrates is quite ingenious. Kreeft sets the dialogue in the realm of the afterlife where the two meet for the first time.