Plato's Erotic Thought: The Tree of the Unknown [Hardback]

Alfred Geier(Author)

ISBN: 9781580460682 | Published by: University of Rochester Press | Series: Rochester Studies in Philosophy | Volume: Volume 3 | Year of Publication: 2002 | Language: English 248p, H9 x W6, 2 black and white
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Plato's Erotic Thought


This work is an attempt to understand the nature of the object of Eros in Plato's writings. In the first chapter certain considerations based on a passage in Plato's Symposium lead to a discovery and characterization of the nature of that object and several of its features. Then it is realized that the chief problem or mystery about the nature of the object of Eros is how it arises. The book then explores the Lysis and the Phaedrus, which both address how the object arises, in two different ways, the Socratic and the Platonic. Alfred Geier is associate professor of religious and classical studies, University of Rochester.

Table of Contents

The Nature of LoveThe Symposium: The "Failure" of LoveThe Birth of the Beloved, One Way: Plato's LysisThe Birth of the Beloved, Another Way; Plato's PhaedrusTree-Leaves

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