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Symposium and Phaedrus

Among the most influential thinkers in Western history, Plato presented his thought in a series of dramatic dialogues in which different speakers present various aspects of a philosophical problem. This volume contains two of the most interesting and important of these dialogues.
The philosophic goal of the Symposium is to find the ultimate manifestation of the love that controls the world, leading to mystic union with eternal and supercosmic beauty. Phaedrus discusses the psychology of love, resulting in the concept of the familiar Platonic forms as objects of transcendental emotion. In this inexpensive edition of the renowned Jowett translation, they will be welcomed by anyone interested in Greek thought or the philosophy of Plato.

Plato ranks among the most familiar ancient philosophers, along with his teacher, Socrates, and his student, Aristotle. In addition to writing philosophical dialogues -- used to teach logic, ethics, rhetoric, religion, and mathematics as well as philosophy -- he founded Athens' Academy, the Western world's first institution of higher learning.

ISBN: 9780486277981

ISBN-10: 9780486277981

Publisher: Dover Publications

Publication Date: 01/31/1994 - 12:00am

On Sale: 01/31/1994 - 12:00am

Pages: 96

Language: English

Categories

History & Surveys - Ancient & Classical

Ancient, Classical & Medieval

Individual Philosophers