The Symposium

by Plato, Christopher Gill (Translator, Introduction, Notes)
Author(s):Plato, Christopher Gill (Translator, Introduction, Notes)
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Books
Published Date: 27th February, 2003
ISBN: 0140449272
Total Pages: 131

About the book The Symposium

The Symposium is a PHILOSOPHY book which was published by Penguin Books on 27th February, 2003 . Plato, Christopher Gill (Translator, Introduction, Notes) are the authors of this book. This book is written in English and has 131 number of pages.

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


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