Publication Date: 27/02/2003 ISBN: 9780140449273 Category:

The Symposium

Plato, Christopher Gill, Christopher Gill

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication Date: 27/02/2003 ISBN: 9780140449273 Category:
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‘Perhaps the most entertaining work of philosophy ever written … the first really systematic and serious attempt to say what love is’ John Armstrong, Guardian

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 or a path to goodness.

Translated with an Introduction by Christopher Gill

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