Phaedrus

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Oxford University Press, UK, Nov 14, 2002 - Philosophy - 176 pages
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Phaedrus is widely recognized as one of Plato's most profound and beautiful works. It takes the form of a dialogue between Socrates and Phaedrus and its ostensible subject is love, especially homoerotic love. This new translation is accompanied by an introduction and full notes that discuss the structure of the dialogue and elucidate issues that might puzzle the modern reader. - ;'Some of our greatest blessings come from madness Phaedrus is widely recognized as one of Plato's most profound and beautiful works. It takes the form of a dialogue between Socrates and Phaedrus and its ostensible subject is love, especially homoerotic love. Socrates reveals it to be a kind of divine madness that can allow our souls to grow wings and soar to their greatest heights. Then the conversation changes direction and turns to a discussion of rhetoric, which must be based on truth passionately sought, thus allying it to philosophy. The dialogue closes by denigrating the value of the written word in any context, compared to the living teaching of a Socratic philosopher. The shifts of topic and register have given rise to doubts about the unity of the dialogue, doubts which are addressed in the introduction to this volume. Full explanatory notes also elucidate issues throughout the dialogue that might puzzle a modern reader. -
 

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User Review  - Jasmine - Goodreads

It's... a little out of my experience and somewhat hard to read. But that's just me. Read full review

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User Review  - Rich - Goodreads

Phaedrus was so brilliant that it shocked me. I could only focus on its meaning for days. I thought about it when I went to sleep, and one day I woke up two hours before I normally wake thinking about ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
ix
Note on the Text
l
Select Bibliography
li
PHAEDRUS
1
Explanatory Notes
76
Textual Notes
106
Index of Names
107
Copyright

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