The Symposium by Plato - PDF and EPUB eBook
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
- Book edition
- Number of pages
- 90 pages
- October 1st 1999 by Penguin Classics
- File size (in PDF)
- 360 kB
Some brief overview of book
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.