Plato Symposium

by Plato

Other authorsAlexander Nehamas (Translator), Paul Woodruff (Translator)
Paperback, 1989

Publication

Hackett Publishing Co (1989), Edition: Copyright 1989, 109 pages

Description

Plato, Allan Bloom wrote, is "the most erotic of philosophers," and his Symposium is one of the greatest works on the nature of love ever written. This new edition brings together the English translation of the renowned Plato scholar and translator, Seth Benardete, with two illuminating commentaries on it: Benardete's "On Plato's Symposium" and Allan Bloom's provocative essay, "The Ladder of Love." In the Symposium, Plato recounts a drinking party following an evening meal, where the guests include the poet Aristophanes, the drunken Alcibiades, and, of course, the wise Socrates. The revelers give their views on the timeless topics of love and desire, all the while addressing many of the major themes of Platonic philosophy: the relationship of philosophy and poetry, the good, and the beautiful.… (more)

Language

Original language

English

Original publication date

c. 360 B.C.

Physical description

109 p.; 5.25 x 0.5 inches

ISBN

0872200760 / 9780872200760
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