Symposium and Phaedrus
Two important dialogues offer crucial insights into mystical and aesthetic aspects of Platonic doctrine. Symposium attempts 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.
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Quite enjoyable read, although Eros might not be as relevant in our society as it was in Plato's. Love holds the central idea in both books, which are held as the most accessible of Plato's works ... Read full review
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Agathon Alcestis Alcibiades Aphrodite Apollodorus appear argument Aristodemus Aristophanes art of rhetoric beauty beget beginning beholding believe beloved better body called censure Certainly charioteer companions desire Dionysus Diotima discourse disgrace dishonor divine drink earth Eryximachus everlasting evil fair youth fancies feast follows friendship give Glaucon goddess gods happy harmony hear heard heaven heavenly Hesiod Homer honor human ignorant imagine immortal inspired Isocrates justice knowledge lover Lysias madness manner Mantineia Marsyas matter mean mind mortal Muses never noble non-lover notion Odysseus orator passion Pausanias Pericles person PHAEDR philosophy plane-tree pleasure poet possession praise praise of Love Prodicus proverb reason receive recollection rhetorician round sort soul speak speech spoken steed Stesichorus suppose surely tale tell temperance Theuth things thought Thrasymachus tion Tisias told true truth virtue whole wings wisdom wise wonder words writing Zeus