The Symposium

Paperback | April 29, 2003

byChristopher PlatoTranslated byChristopher GillIntroduction byChristopher Gill

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A fascinating discussion on sex, gender, and human instincts, as relevant today as ever

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.

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A fascinating discussion on sex, gender, and human instincts, as relevant today as everIn 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 instin...

Plato (c.427-347 BC) stands with Socrates and Aristotle as one of the shapers of the whole intellectual tradition of the West. He founded the Academy in Athens, the first permanent institution devoted to philosophical research and teaching, and theprototype of all Western universities. Christopher Gill is a Professor of Ancient Though...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 7.7 × 5.1 × 0.4 inPublished:April 29, 2003Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0140449272

ISBN - 13:9780140449273

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Great Conversation This is one of the easier and more enjoyable of Plato's dialogues, and contains his famous description of soulmates. More fun than the Republic.
Date published: 2016-11-08

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