Socrates and alcibiades is unusually clear, powerfully argued, and intelligent it makes a convincing case that, in witnessing socrates' attempts to educate young alcibiades, we are witnessing the first manifestations of what has come to be called socratic political philosophy the book is essential reading for scholars of. 1 wwwsophiaomniorg reading plato's apology alcibiades j grunthaler the following lecture notes on plato's apology have been prepared specifically for the philosophical novice in mind these notes provide a section-by-section commentary on the apology that supplies the background needed to read the work in its. I think it's interesting to note diotema's argument takes place solely within the framework of socrates' memory: she is one more step removed, by space and time, from the reality of alcibiades, a former lover of socrates, is symbolic, when he and socrates were friends, of the type of relationship described by agathon. The prominent athenian statesman alcibiades has been criticized by ancient comic writers and appears in several socratic dialogues he enjoys an important afterlife, in literature and art, having acquired symbolic status as the personification of ambition and sexual profligacy he continues to fascinate the world and. 348 bce lived almost entirely in athens an associate of socrates founded the academy in 385 the academy did not close its doors until the 6th century ce note that when alcibiades offers socrates an exchange--physical love for metaphysical wisdom (the ideal of pederasty, after all)--socrates rejects it bechuse he.
Martha nussbaum's essay, the speech of alcibiades suggests that that speech in the symposium can be used to raise issues about the status of platonism, traditionally understood as embodied in socrates' account of the ascent of love by stages from particular concrete loves to an ideal, abstract, unchanging, and moral. Our understanding of socrates' philosophy in plato's dialogues in the second part of the essay, i reevaluate what alcibiades' speech in plato's symposium tells us about the moral character of the historical socrates i examine three different approaches to alcibiades' speech and argue that all three of them fail to explain the. Socrates' hybris and alcibiades' failure michael gagarin in a recent essay on the paradox of socrates' gregory vlastos has tried to explain among other things why socrates' interlocutors in the early platonic dialogues learn so little from this man, who repeatedly emphasizes the importance of. The philosopher, socrates gave his speech last, claiming that his speech was merely a repetition of what a wise woman named diotima once told him the speech was a powerful one, but before the night was over, a drunk alcibiades entered [tags: socrates love symposium essays plato] :: 1 works cited, 1786 words.
Socrates' followers included not only plato, but alcibiades and critias, both of whom later betrayed the athenian democracy possibly because of such notorious connections, in 399 bce socrates was accused of impiety and corrupting the young different versions of his defense speech are extant in plato's apology of. Socrates had by many counts been in love with alcibiades and plato depicts him pursuing or speaking of his love for him in many dialogues (symposium 213c-d in his final essay entitled my task, kierkegaard claims that his mission is a socratic one that is, in his task to reinvigorate a christianity that remained the.
Alcibiades' entrance juxtaposes the comedic elements of the book against its most serious moment--diotima's speech his speech likens socrates to eros, describing socrates in the way diotima described eros diotima's speech reconciles all the contradictions found in the previous five speeches. Free essay: socrates attempts to justify homosexual relationships by quoting diotima's differentiation between heterosexual relationships (those who.
The symposium (ancient greek: συμπόσιον) is a philosophical text by plato dated c 385–370 bc it depicts a friendly contest of extemporaneous speeches given by a group of notable men attending a banquet the men include the philosopher socrates, the general and political figure alcibiades, and the comic playwright. Pederasty without sexual relations adrienne hudspeth symposium by plato modern critics are quick to assert that socrates failed in his role as a teacher to alcibiades by refusing to engage in sexual relations upon closer investigation of both the traditional form and socrates' own revised form of pederasty, the. This collection, then, is aptly named, as the essays indeed discuss alcibiades and the socratic lover-educator but how does it advance the study of plato's philosophy, especially given the uncertainty, which the volume does nothing to resolve, concerning the authenticity of the ai perhaps the foremost. Beginning at the end, debra nails builds her essay, tragedy off-stage, around socrates' final comment about the author of tragedy and comedy being the same the comment has been applied to the author of the symposium because the dialogue has elements of both the obvious focus is alcibiades'.
Alcibiades and his speech play a crucial role in the symposium, because they serve as a platonic image complementing socrates' speech according to socrates in the it's very easy to mix these two up, so in this essay i will call them general eros and specific eros while there is only one type of general. In socrates and alcibiades, ariel helfer provides a new interpretation of plato's account of the relationship between socrates and the infamous athenian general alcibiades, in the process revealing a complex platonic teaching on the nature and corruptibility of political ambition.