Cover of: Symposium and Phaedrus | Plato

About the Book

In the course of a lively drinking party, a group of Athenian intellectuals exchange views on eros, or desire. From their conversation emerges a series of subtle reflections on gender roles, sex in society, and the sublimation of basic human instincts. The discussion culminates in a radical challenge to conventional views by Plato's mentor, Socrates, who advocates transcendence through spiritual love. The Symposium is a deft interweaving of different viewpoints and ideas about the nature of love - as a response to beauty, a cosmic force, a motive for social action, and as a means of ethical education.

Edition Notes

Translated by Benjamin Jowett.

Series Dover thrift editions
Genre Early works to 1800.
Other Titles Symposium., Phaedrus.


Dewey Decimal Class 184
Library of Congress B385.A5 J67 1993

The Physical Object

Pagination 92 p. ;
Number of pages 92

ID Numbers

Open Library OL1424859M
Internet Archive symposiumphaedru00plat
ISBN 10 0486277984
LC Control Number 93035810
OCLC/WorldCat 28962373
Library Thing 37406
Goodreads 752937

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