Symposia: Plato, the Erotic, and Moral Value

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SUNY Press, Aug 12, 1999 - Philosophy - 183 pages
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.
 

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Contents

ON BEGINNING CAUTIOUSLY or What Do We Mean by Ethics?
1
SYMPOSIUM THE FIRST PLATO or Cosmology Ethics and the Poets
21
SYMPOSIUM THE SECOND THE EROTIC or Love in the Middle
39
SYMPOSIUM THE THIRD MORAL VALUE or Counting Being and True Love
71
ON ENDING GRACIOUSLY or The Greek Legacy Today
105
ON LANGUAGE AND LITERACY
127
Notes
141
Select Bibliography
173
Index
177
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Louis A. Ruprecht, Jr. is Visiting Professor of Religion at Duke University. His first book, Tragic Posture and Tragic Vision: Against the Modern Failure of Nerve, won the Conference on Christianity and Literature s award. He has also written the SUNY Press book Afterwords: Hellenism, Modernism, and the Myth of Decadence.

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