The Symposium by Plato

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Read The Symposium Online Free - 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, a motive for social action, and as a means of ethical education.

Translated with an introduction and notes by Christopher Gill



Title : The Symposium
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ISBN : 0140449272
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 131 pages


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Glenn rated it ★★★★★

December 12, 2015

Plato’s Symposium is one of the best loved classics from the ancient world, a work of consummate beauty as both philosophy and as literature, most appropriate since the topic of this dialogue is the nature of love and includes much philosophizing on beauty. In the spirit of freshness, I will focu...


Richard rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 16, 2012

Rating: 2* of five, all for Aristophanes's way trippy remix of the Book of Genesis While perusing a review of Death in Venice (dreadful tale, yet another fag-must-die-rather-than-love piece of normative propaganda) written by my good friend Stephen, he expressed a desire to read The Symposium befo...


Manny rated it ★★★☆☆

July 28, 2014

OPRAH: Good evening and welcome to What's the Most Spiritual Book of All Time? For people who missed last week's exciting semi-final round, The Sermon on the Mount beat The Bhagavad Gita 4-1 while Jonathan Livingston Seagull unexpectedly lost 3-2 to outsider The Symposium. Let's all welcome our f...


Riku rated it ★★★★★

December 05, 2016

“It’s been less than three years that I’ve been Socrates’ companion and made it my job to know exactly what he says and does each day. Before that, I simply drifted aimlessly. Of course, I used to think that what I was doing was important, but in fact I was the most worthless man on earth—as ba...


Ahmad rated it ★★★★★

August 06, 2017

Symposium, Plato , 1935 تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه سپتامبر سال 1984 میلادی پس زمین و عشق بودند که جانشین هرج و مرج و بی شکلی آغازین هستی شدند عنوان: ضیافت، یا، سخن در خصوص عشق؛ اثر: افلاطون؛ ترجمه و پیشگفتار: محمدعلی فروغی؛ ویراستار و پی نوشت: محمدابراهیم امینی فرد؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، جامی، 1385، در 16...


Foad rated it ★★★★☆

April 25, 2017

افلاطون، در رساله ی بسیار دلکش "ضیافت" ، بحث مفصلی راجع به حقیقت "عشق" می کند. رساله به بازگویی ماجرای یک ضیافت می پردازد. آگاتون میهمانی ای گرفته و نخبگان را دعوت کرده، از آن جمله است: سقراط استاد افلاطون. بحث به چیستی عشق می رسد و هر کس از میهمانان سخنرانی ای زیبا و غزل گونه در ستایش عشق می کند....


Ian rated it ★★★★☆

August 28, 2013

I Never Met a Physician Who Wasn’t Descended from a Greek This might just be the work that put the "meta-" (at least the "metafiction") in "metaphysics". Plato’s name is attached to it, but its principal focus is Socrates. And guess what? Socrates doesn’t so much elaborate on his own views as (1) r...


Fatemeh rated it ★★★★☆

July 25, 2016

خیلی کتاب خوبی بود.. زیاد پیش اومده بود که بشنوم سقراط از شیوه ی پرسش و پاسخ استفااده می کنه برای بحث کردن.. تو این کتاب اولین بار این دیدم چطور و چقدر هوشمندانه این کار رو انجام میده.. داستان کتاب در مورد ضیافتیه که برگزار شده و بحث عشق میان حضار پیش میاد. که اول هر کدوم از حاضرین نظرشون رو می گن...


Carlos rated it ★★★★★

August 06, 2017

Lectura #6 de la materia de Teoría del Conocimiento, "El Banquete". Citas y pequeños comentarios de uso personal: Sabios reunidos: Fedro, Agaton, Eriximaco, Pausanias, Aristodemo, Aristófanes *Tributo al amor. "El Amor es un gran dios, muy digno de ser honrado por los dioses y por los hombres por mil...


Elena rated it ★★★★★

September 11, 2017

The Symposium holds the key to ancient psychology. One has but to compare post-Freudian psychology's understanding of the drives with Plato's discourse on human longing here in order to measure the distance between the ancient and modern orientations to reality. It is strange for us to conceive t...





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