For a Kinder, Gentler Society
On Freedom
A Philosophical Dialogue
  • Nicholas J. Pappas
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On Freedom. A Philosophical Dialogue
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The notion of 'freedom' is essential to America's view of itself as a democratic and individual-based society. In this philosophical dialogue, characters assess the many facets, implications and apparent contradictions inherent in a deceptively complex idea. Broken into short segments providing food for thought in stolen moments of reading pleasure, the book sparkles with intellectually stimulating views.

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Nick Pappas has published a series of over 15 thought-provoking books with Algora Publishing. He teaches high school English Language Arts in Western New York. Prior to that he worked as a director and consultant in information technology. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago and Harvard Law School. Nick has written numerous short stories and poems in addition to his philosophical dialogues.

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Drawing on the tradition of the Platonic dialogue, On Freedom explores what freedom is and what it means through the discussions of two characters, Director and Friend. Director plays the role of a modern day Socrates. Friend is his trusted...
Drawing on the tradition of the Platonic dialogue, On Freedom explores what freedom is and what it means through the discussions of two characters, Director and Friend. Director plays the role of a modern day Socrates. Friend is his trusted companion. The two of them, in seventy-nine short chapters, cover that many facets of the idea of freedom. Sections include Slavery, Responsibility, Anarchy, Wealth, Love, Courage, Authority, Inhibition, Happiness, Discipline, Vigilance. Each chapter looks at Freedom from a different perspective in order to bring as much light to the subject as possible, in order to get a full view. The characters arrive at no simple or absolute definition of freedom. But that doesn't mean they don't finish with a better idea of what freedom is than when they started. If anything, the characters come to appreciate the need for clarity about their subject. And they come to see that such clarity necessarily involves complexity. Readers with no philosophical training can enjoy this book. It's written in a straightforward way without the use of technical terms or jargon. Readers with a philosophy background can enjoy the book because it treats an old, familiar theme with a lighter touch. Families will value 'Freedom' for enabling younger readers, too, to explore philosophic ideas of general interest and importance.
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Year: 2014
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