Eros and the Intoxications of Enlightenment : On Plato's Symposium
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Author Steven Berg offers an interpretation of Plato’s Symposium wherein all the speakers at the banquet - with the exception of Socrates - not only offer their views on the nature of love, but represent Athens and the Athenian enlightenment. Accordingly, Socrates' speech, taken in relation to the speeches that precede it, is shown to articulate the relation between Socrates and the Athenian enlightenment, to expose the limitations of that enlightenment, and therefore finally to bring to light the irresolvable tension between Socrates and his philosophy and the city of Athens even at her most enlightened.
State University of New York Press
Plato, Symposium, Eros, Love, Socrates
Ancient Philosophy | Philosophy | Poetry
Berg, Steven, "Eros and the Intoxications of Enlightenment : On Plato's Symposium" (2010). Faculty Books. 6.