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Plato's Symposium: A Translation by Seth Benardete with Commentaries by Allan Bloom and Seth Benardete
by Plato
Binding: Paperback, 1 edition, 199 pages
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press
Weight: 0.7 pound
Dimension: H: 0.75 x L: 8.9 x W: 0.5 inches
ISBN 10: 0226042758
ISBN 13: 9780226042756
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Plato, Allan Bloom wrote, is 'the most erotic of philosophers,' and his Symposium is one of the greatest works on the nature of love ever written. This new edition brings together the English translation of the renowned Plato scholar and translator, Seth Benardete, with two illuminating commentaries on it: Benardete's 'On Plato's Symposium' and Allan Bloom's provocative essay, 'The Ladder of Love.' In the Symposium, Plato recounts a drinking party following an evening meal, where the guests include the poet Aristophanes, the drunken Alcibiades, and, of course, the wise Socrates. The revelers give their views on the timeless topics of love and desire, all the while addressing many of the major themes of Platonic philosophy: the relationship of philosophy and poetry, the good, and the beautiful.


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