Symposium

Symposium

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Overview

One of the most famous works of literature in the Western world, Plato's Symposium is also one of the most entertaining. The scene is a dinner party in Athens in 416 B.C. at which the guests - including the comic poet Aristophanes and Plato's mentor, Socrates - playfully discuss the nature of eros, or love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781973970118
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/27/2017
Pages: 88
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.21(d)

About the Author

Platoinwas aphilosopherinClassical Greeceand the founder of theAcademyinAthens, the first institution of higher learning in theWestern world. He is widely considered the most pivotal figure in the development of philosophy, especially theWestern tradition.Unlike nearly all of hisphilosophical contemporaries, Plato's entire work is believed to have survived intact for over 2,400 years.Others believe that the oldest extant manuscript dates to around AD 895, 1100 years after Plato's death. This makes it difficult to know exactly what Plato wrote.
Along with his teacher,Socrates, and his most famous student,Aristotle, Plato laid the very foundations ofWestern philosophyandscience.Alfred North Whiteheadonce noted: "the safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato."In addition to being a foundational figure for Western science, philosophy, and mathematics, Plato has also often been cited as one of the founders ofWestern religionandspirituality.
Plato's influence onChristianityis often thought to be mediated by his major influence onSaint Augustine of Hippo, one of the most importantphilosophersandtheologiansin the foundation of theWestern thought. In the 19th century, the philosopherNietzschecalledChristianity"
Platonism for the people".Numenius of Apameaviewed this differently, he called Plato theHellenicMoses. This would justify the superiority of Christianity over Hellenism because Moses predates Plato-thus the original source of this wisdom is the root of Christianity and not Hellenistic culture

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