The Symposium-9780140449273

The Symposium

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Author: Plato, Gill, Christopher, Gill, Christopher, Binding: Paperback, Imprint: Penguin Classics, Series: N/A, Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd, Published: 27/02/2003, Pagination: 144 pages, Classification: Humanities, Country of Publication: United Kingdom

19.8 cm H | 12.9 cm W | 0.8 cm T | 112 g Wt

'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