Plato's "Symposium" Book Review by Quality Writers

Plato's "Symposium"
An analysis of the nature of Eros in Plato's "Symposium".
# 101791 | 1,813 words | 1 source | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Mar 02, 2008 in Literature (Greek and Roman) , Philosophy (Ancient Greek) , English (Analysis)

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Plato's "Symposium" is an account of an Athenian drinking party, attended by some of the leading cultural figures of classical Athens, in which the core of the discussion of those in attendance revolves around the nature of Eros or love. This paper explores this discussion, with particular reference to the speech of Socrates on the nature of Eros. The thesis is argued that Socrates' explication of the nature of Eros is reinforced by Alcibiades' speech, which illustrates how Socrates' philosophical position in this regard translates into his real life practices in regards to love and its pursuit.

From the Paper:

"Of course, not all of the participants in the discussion agree about the nature of Love, or even follow the same theme. This being said, the speech of Pausanias is particularly interesting for how he discusses contemporary Athenian legal and moral perspectives on homosexual love and, in particular, on the love of older men for young boys. Pausanias' speech is significant as it reveals that there was not a "blanket" acceptance of all homosexual relationships in Athenian society, and that there is only one way in which such a relationship would not be reprehensible: in which the relationship is oriented towards a pursuit of goodness. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Plato. Symposium. Trans. Robin Waterfield. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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