Symposium, The

Christopher Gill, Plato

Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

Published: 27-02-2003

£8.99

In the course of a lively drinking party, a group of Athenian intellectuals exchange views on eros, or desire. From their conversation emerge a series of subtle reflections on gender roles, sex in society and the sublimation of basic human instincts.

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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, GuardianIn 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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Weight 0.116 kg
Dimensions 9 × 134 × 199 mm
Page Count 144