Loving and Dying is a reading of three dialogues (Phaedo, Symposium, and Phaedrus) which, using the figure of Socrates conversing in three different concrete situations, in complementary fashion address death, love, and reflection, as matters central to finding and understanding life's meaning and to sharing in the kind of immortality that is open to a human being. The intent of the work is simply to bring to attention how the dialogues register as drama and how they achieve this provocation of the reader to reflection on these central matters in human life.
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About the Author
Richard Gotshalk is a retired Professor of Philosophy living in Montana.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 Part I: Phaedo Chapter 4 The Drama and Dramatic Movement Chapter 5 Music and Story-telling Chapter 6 Defense for the Philosophic Life Chapter 7 First Argument for Immortality Chapter 8 Soothing the Fear of Death Chapter 9 The Second Argument, and a Story Chapter 10 A Pause in the Argument Chapter 11 Reply to Simmias Chapter 12 Reply to Cebes, the Third Argument Chapter 13 Myth and the End Chapter 14 First Interlude Chapter 15 Part II: Symposium Chapter 16 Dramatic Setting and Movement Chapter 17 Phaedrus, Pausanias, and Eryximachus Chapter 18 Aristophanes Chapter 19 Agathon Chapter 20 Socrates Chapter 21 Alcibiades Chapter 22 Second Interlude Chapter 23 Part III: Phaedrus Chapter 24 Dramatic Setting and Movement Chapter 25 Love Chapter 26 Speech Chapter 27 Coda Chapter 28 Second Coda Chapter 29 Notes Chapter 30 Selected Bibliography Chapter 31 Index