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Symposia : Plato, the erotic, and moral value

Author: Louis A Ruprecht
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Socrates was wise, because he knew that he did not know anything; this has long been the prevailing wisdom of the Socratic-Platonic tradition. In Plato's Middle Period - spanning dialogues such as Phaedo, Symposium, Republic, and Phaedrus - Socrates consistently claims to have knowledge in one area: the erotic. This book argues that the underlining of erotic matters - in what it refers to as Plato's Erotic Period -  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Plato.; Platon.; Plato.; Plato.
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Louis A Ruprecht
ISBN: 0791442632 9780791442630 0791442640 9780791442647
OCLC Number: 40298256
Description: xix, 183 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: On Beginning Cautiously or, What Do We Mean by Ethics? --
Symposium, the First: Plato or, Cosmology, Ethics, and the Poets --
Symposium, the Second: the Erotic or, Love in the Middle --
Symposium, the Third: Moral Value or, Counting, Being, and True Love --
Conclusion: On Ending Graciously or, The Greek Legacy Today --
On Language and Literacy.
Responsibility: Louis A. Ruprecht, Jr.

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"Socrates was wise, because he knew that he did not know anything; this has long been the prevailing wisdom of the Socratic-Platonic tradition. In Plato's Middle Period - spanning dialogues such as Phaedo, Symposium, Republic, and Phaedrus - Socrates consistently claims to have knowledge in one area: the erotic. This book argues that the underlining of erotic matters - in what it refers to as Plato's Erotic Period - marks the most significant and dramatic moment in Plato's career. Plato's attention to the erotic in this period calls for a fundamental reassessment of many of the most important Platonic ideas: his complicated quarrel with poetry, his dubious doctrine of forms, his alleged hostility to the body and embodiment. In the Erotic Period, Plato's views are much richer, and infinitely more complex, than the many caricatures of his thought allow."--BOOK JACKET.

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