Title:The Symposium
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780140449273
Format Type:PDF
Book: The Symposium by Plato
The Symposium by Plato
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The Symposium


Prologue
In the course of a lively drinking party, a group of Athenian intellectuals exchange views on eros, or desire. From their conversation emerges a series of subtle reflections on gender roles, sex in society, and the sublimation of basic human instincts. The discussion culminates in a radical challenge to conventional views by Plato's mentor, Socrates, who advocates transcendence through spiritual love. The Symposium is a deft interweaving of different viewpoints and ideas about the nature of love - as a response to beauty, a cosmic force, a motive for social action, and as a means of ethical education.

Translated with an introduction and notes by Christopher Gill