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 Socrates' 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.
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Descrizione libro Penguin Classics, 1999. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0140446168
Descrizione libro Penguin Classics, 1999. Condizione libro: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Considered one of the greatest literary works about love in Western thought, The Symposium is set during a lively dinner party in which a series of speakers offer their views on eros, or desire. They see love as a response to beauty, a cosmic force, a motive for social action, and a means of ethical education. Through jokes and flirtation they reveal their attitudes towards love and personal relationships.Full of drama, humor, and sharply drawn characters -- including the comic poet Aristophanes, the glamorous and drunk Alcibiades, and the prodigiously wise Socrates -- The Symposium offers profound insights into gender roles, sex in society, and the value of sublimating our basic instincts. Perhaps no other single work from antiquity retains such direct and immediate relevance for everyone today. In this new Penguin Classics edition, Christopher Gill provides a magnificently modern translation, an extensive Introduction, and Explanatory Notes based on the most recent scholarship. Codice libro della libreria ABE_book_new_0140446168
Descrizione libro Penguin Classics, 1999. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0140446168
Descrizione libro Penguin Classics, 1999. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110140446168