Book cover - Symposium - Author Plato

Symposium

Author Plato

  • Release Date: 2018-09-18
  • Genre: Philosophy

Symposium Summary


Symposium - A fascinating discussion on sex, gender, and human instincts by one of history’s greatest philosophers.
 
In the course of a lively drinking party, a group of Athenian intellectuals exchange views on desire. From their conversation emerges a series of subtle reflections on gender roles, sex in society, and basic human instincts. The debate precedes one great after another: Agathon, Aristodemus, Eryximachus, Pausanias, Aristophanes, and Socrates—all describing love in many possible permutations and combinations. The dialogue 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.

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