Plato: The Symposium

Plato: The Symposium

by M. C. Howatson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521682983

ISBN-13: 9780521682985

Pub. Date: 06/02/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Plato's Symposium, written in the early part of the 4th century BC, is set at a drinking party (symposium) attended by some of the leading intellectuals of the day, including Aristophanes, the comic dramatist, Socrates, Plato's mentor, and Alcibiades, the brilliant but (eventually) treacherous politician. Each guest gives a speech in praise of the benefits of

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Overview

Plato's Symposium, written in the early part of the 4th century BC, is set at a drinking party (symposium) attended by some of the leading intellectuals of the day, including Aristophanes, the comic dramatist, Socrates, Plato's mentor, and Alcibiades, the brilliant but (eventually) treacherous politician. Each guest gives a speech in praise of the benefits of desire and its role in the good and happy human life. At the core of the work stands Socrates' praise of philosophical desire, and an argument for the superiority of the philosophical life as the best route to happiness. This edition provides an accessible and engaging new translation by M. C. Howatson, and a substantial introduction, by Frisbee C. C. Sheffield, which guides the reader through the various parts of the dialogue and reflects on its central arguments. A chronology and detailed notes on the participants help to set this enduring work in context.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521682985
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/02/2008
Series:
Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
710,695
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; Further reading; Chronology; Translator's note; The Symposium; Glossary of Greek words; Index of names; Index of subjects.

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