External dialogue 1721-173e apollodorus tells an unnamed interlocutor he can recount the story told to him by aristodemus about going to the symposium at agathon's with socrates on the occasion of agathon's being crowned the victorious tragic poet 1 phaedrus 178a-180c: love inspires virtue 2 pausanias 180c-185c:. Administrator for more information, please contact [email protected] edu recommended citation pinson, remy p, what's love got to do with it an exploration of the symposium and plato's love (2013) cmc senior theses paper 740 http://scholarshipclaremontedu/cmc_theses/740. Plato discusses love (erôs) and friendship (philia) primarily in two dialogues, the lysis and the symposium, though the phaedrus also adds significantly to his views in each work, socrates as the quintessential philosopher is in two ways center stage, first, as a lover of wisdom (sophia) and discussion. Plato's symposium: issues in interpretation and reception, harvard university press, 2006, 446pp, $2995 (pbk), isbn 0674023757 at the end of this charming essay we are left with an interesting puzzle: in the renaissance the symposium made serious people think of platonic love, chaste and. What is love this ancient question concerns all living souls in this age of moral chaos love has been reduced to lust, attraction, possession, violence, and all manner of perversion we stand much to gain by a deeper look at the excellent dialogue of plato's symposium here plato shows that love is an.
Suggested essay topics and study questions for plato's the symposium perfect for students who have to write the symposium essays what is the distinction between lover and loved one, and how does this distinction play itself out in the different speeches sexual relationships in ancient athens were generally viewed. Plato's theory of love is fleshed out in the phaedrus and the symposium like many greeks of his era and social position, plato is most interested in the same- sex desire that can exist between an older and a younger man, but there is no reason to suppose that his theory of love does not also apply to other. In the symposium, plato seems to have reasoned out an internal mechanism through which men may make their way through the world of becoming to the world of being he shows how, through the most mysterious and powerful medium of love, men may eventually arrive at the highest good, an intuitive and mystical state. The men include the philosopher socrates, the general and political figure alcibiades, and the comic playwright aristophanes the speeches are to be given in praise of eros, who is the god of love and desire, and the son of aphrodite in the symposium eros is recognized as erotic love, and as a phenomenon that is.
Perpetually subject to debate, for we all are experts of love in our own rights in the symposium, plato gave accounts of speeches from different speakers yet the focus of this essay is on aristophanes and socrates their explanations of love and critical comments to will be answered to these questions: what is love. Ideals of love in plato's symposium as much as our society has become involved in the advancement of feminism and the equality of the sexes, there is one fact that neither gender can ignore none can survive without the other love and the want of a soul mate keeps each member of man and womankind in the constant.
Amazoncom: plato's symposium: a translation by seth benardete with commentaries by allan bloom and seth benardete (9780226042756): plato, seth benardete: seth benardete, with two illuminating commentaries on it: benardete's on plato's symposium and allan bloom's provocative essay, the ladder of love. What is love where does it come from these are just a couple of questions that plato's symposium attempts to answer the symposium is an account of the ban.
Though not as philosophical as many of plato's other works, the symposium gives a greater in depth account and characterization into the social life of the intellectual circles in ancient greece the eulogies from each of the philosophers at the discussion examine the origins and theories of love in its many forms several of. Plato says we should always change for love what does he know that we don' t. But plato and others sought to foster a different tradition, one that centered on beauty and fecundity rather than death and violent conflict instead of the primacy of loving homeric kleos, plato sought to promote the loving desire for the beautiful (kalon) in the great fourth century bce dialogue the symposium, plato records a. There are obviously many types of love, the love that a person has for his or her parents, siblings, relatives, and pets, would be different than the love for his or her country, which would also be different than the love towards the opposite sex in the symposium, plato presented definitions of what love is in the opinions of.
Love in plato's symposium essay 1230 words nov 29th, 2006 5 pages show more two types of love in plato's symposium i have always thought that there was only one type of love, which was that feeling of overwhelming liking to someone else i am aware that lust does exist and that it is separate from love, being. The purpose of this paper is to consider the speeches on love in plato's symposium as “parts” of a certain “whole” the “whole” in question is diotima's account of love that is described by socrates in his speech the other speeches —both those that precede socrates' (ie that of phaedrus, pausanias, eryximachus.