Plato's Symposium

Plato's Symposium

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ISBN-10: 0226042758

ISBN-13: 9780226042756

Pub. Date: 02/28/2001

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


Plato, Allan Bloom wrote, is "the most erotic of philosophers," and his Symposium is one of the greatest works on the nature of love ever written. This new edition brings together the English translation of the renowned Plato scholar and translator, Seth Benardete, with two illuminating commentaries on it: Benardete's "On Plato's Symposium" and Allan

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Plato, Allan Bloom wrote, is "the most erotic of philosophers," and his Symposium is one of the greatest works on the nature of love ever written. This new edition brings together the English translation of the renowned Plato scholar and translator, Seth Benardete, with two illuminating commentaries on it: Benardete's "On Plato's Symposium" and Allan Bloom's provocative essay, "The Ladder of Love." In the Symposium, Plato recounts a drinking party following an evening meal, where the guests include the poet Aristophanes, the drunken Alcibiades, and, of course, the wise Socrates. The revelers give their views on the timeless topics of love and desire, all the while addressing many of the major themes of Platonic philosophy: the relationship of philosophy and poetry, the good, and the beautiful.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226042756
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
02/28/2001
Edition description:
1
Pages:
199
Sales rank:
284,805
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Symposium
The Ladder of Love BY ALLAN BLOOM
On Plato's Symposium BY SETH BENARDETE

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Ben_Olin More than 1 year ago
A very intriguing read for those with an open mind about what motivates people to act certain ways. Plato argues that Love is the primary motivator for people's actions and is the basis for man's decisions.
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