Plato's Symposium: The Ethics of Desire

Plato's Symposium: The Ethics of Desire

by Frisbee Sheffield
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199567816

ISBN-13: 9780199567812

Pub. Date: 06/15/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Frisbee Sheffield argues that the Symposium has been unduly marginalized by philosophers. Although the topic - eros - and the setting at a symposium have seemed anomalous, she demonstrates that both are intimately related to Plato's preoccupation with the nature of the good life, with virtue, and how it is acquired and transmitted. For Plato, analysing our desires

Overview

Frisbee Sheffield argues that the Symposium has been unduly marginalized by philosophers. Although the topic - eros - and the setting at a symposium have seemed anomalous, she demonstrates that both are intimately related to Plato's preoccupation with the nature of the good life, with virtue, and how it is acquired and transmitted. For Plato, analysing our desires is a way of reflecting on the kind of people we will turn out to be and on our chances of leading a worthwhile and happy life. In its focus on the question why he considered desires to be amenable to this type of reflection, this book explores Plato's ethics of desire.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199567812
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
06/15/2009
Series:
Oxford Classical Monographs
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. The endoxa: eros and the good life
2. Socrates' speech: the nature of eros
3. Socrates' speech: the aims of eros
4. Socrates' speech: the activity of eros
5. Socrates' speech: concern for others
6. 'Nothing to do with human affairs?' Alcibiades' response to Socrates
7. Shadow lovers
Conclusion

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