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In this text Plato uses a dinner party as a scene for a series of speeches by the guests. From these there emerges a complete...

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Details of The Symposium

Exact title of the book
The Symposium
Book author
Plato
Book edition
Paperback
Number of pages
90 pages
Language
English
Published
October 1st 1999 by Penguin Classics
File size (in PDF)
360 kB
The Symposium

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In this text Plato uses a dinner party as a scene for a series of speeches by the guests. From these there emerges a complete and complex philosophy of love. The pivot of the argument is Socrate's speech in which sensuality is transcended and we move from the sensible world to the ideal world.

Just as the preceding speeches are vital to the theme and scheme of progression, so to is the character sketch of Socrates by Alcibiades which rounds off the dialogue.