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The Symposium (Illustrated)
     

The Symposium (Illustrated)

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by Plato
 

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To say Socrates was an influence on Plato would be a vast understatement; historians today still struggle to distinguish Socrates’ philosophical beliefs from Plato’s, because much of Plato’s writings consisted of “Socratic dialogues,” in which the main character, Socrates, discusses the topic of the writing with his followers. Yet

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To say Socrates was an influence on Plato would be a vast understatement; historians today still struggle to distinguish Socrates’ philosophical beliefs from Plato’s, because much of Plato’s writings consisted of “Socratic dialogues,” in which the main character, Socrates, discusses the topic of the writing with his followers. Yet for all of the influence of Socrates’ life on Plato, it was Socrates’ death around 399 B.C. that truly shaped him. Plato was so embittered by Socrates’ trial in Athens that he completely soured on Athenian democracy, and he began to travel around the Mediterranean, studying topics like mathematics, honing his approach to philosophical thinking, and continuing to refine his philosophical beliefs.

About a decade later, Plato returned to Athens and founded his famous Platonic Academy around 387 B.C., which he oversaw for 40 years until his death. One of Plato’s philosophical beliefs was that writing down teachings was less valuable than passing them down orally, and several of Plato’s writings are responses to previous writings of his, so Plato’s personally held beliefs are hard to discern. However, Plato educated several subsequent philosophers, chief among them Aristotle, and his writings eventually formed the backbone of Western philosophy.

One of Plato’s most famous works is The Symposium, about a great dinner conversation led by Socrates that discusses the definition and meaning of love. Plato doesn’t give readers a clue as to when the Symposium took place, other than alluding to the division of Arcadia after the destruction of Mantinea. This took place in the year B.C. 384, half way through Plato’s life. Of course, Socrates had been dead for 15 years by then.

The Symposium is connected with the dialogue Phaedrus both in style and subject; they are the only Dialogues of Plato in which love is discussed at length. In both of them philosophy is regarded as a sort of enthusiasm or madness.

This edition is specially formatted for Kindle, along with images, and a linked Table of Contents.

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BN ID:
2940013201682
Publisher:
Charles River Editors
Publication date:
08/11/2011
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
301 KB

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Paradeus More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the classics of Western thought. It is not only a glimpse into Greek culture and norms but also into one of the West's greatest minds.
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