In the speech of Diotima, she questions Socrates way of looking at love, Socrates said that love was something beautiful and good. Diotima describes love as needing happiness in order to have that love fulfilled; She thinks that happiness comes when one has beautiful and good things around them. Diotima describes love at the beginning of her speech, she says love was born when Aphrodite was born, Diotima also says that love is hardship and overcoming that hardship is what brings happiness to ones life. Love is described as a person, a person who has needs and desires, a person who is smart and always on the look out for opportunities. She always describes Love or Eros as being neither mortal or immortal, Love or as it is personified is the
Plato was one of the greatest Greek philosophers and was also considered as one of the most important personalities in history. He was known for his work in Apology, Phaedo, Symposium and Republic. The reason for Meno being so important is because it is probably one of the earliest dialogues created by Plato, and it starts off by Meno asking Socrates whether or not the virtue can be taught, and Socrates allures a slave boy to support his claim. Socrates asked the boy a mathematical question, and the boy answers the question completely wrong. This scenario was one of the first examples of mathematical problem.
Is it possible for one to love and also maintain their reputation at the same time? Throughout The Aeneid, Lanval, Medea, and Othello this question is answered and it is evident that maintaining your reputation and also choosing love is impossible. One must choose between glory and love because they are not compatible. Glory and love are contradictory. If you choose love you lose your reputation, while on the other hand if you value your reputation more than anything you will not have love.
Before Christ to the Modern World Revisions are imperative for understanding the complexity of older texts. The class has looked at multiple texts, revisions of these texts, and have discussed why these revisions have been made. Recently, the class read the Symposium, a philosophical debate about love between six men set in 416 BC. Modern society has manipulated and warped this story into a well-known rock and roll musical, Hedwig and the Angry Inch. This essay will be comparing and contrasting the novel to the movie using Aristophanes story about being broken, lover beloved relationships, as well as answering the question; How has the Symposium changed to the well-known movie it is today?
Aristophanes’ major points on love are centered on a myth. According to Aristophanes, a long time ago there were three genders, male, female and androgynous, “…a distinct gender as well as name, combining male and female” (Gill 22). These people had two identical faces on one head and doubled the limbs. The three genders were very strong and eventually tried to attack the gods to gain power. To punish humans for their arrogance, Zeus decided to cut them in half, “I shall now cut each of them into two; they will be weaker…”
In this paper, I will explain the deeper meaning of the passage of the Symposium in which Alcibiades crashes the party by explaining how it fits into the broader themes of the entire dialogue. As known, one of the most important theme of this dialogue is love. As I was reading the dialogue, I know right from the beginning of Phaedrus proposal that it is going to be not only entertaining but interesting. Indeed it was interesting reading what all of them has to says about what love is, what its functions are and so on. But, at the same time, I was eagerly waiting for Socrates’ turn.
The Aeneid:Virgil’s Representation of Obsessive Love It is said that love is one of the most influential feelings in the human body. This feeling of love can be pleasant and enjoyable, but it can also be blinding. When taken to the extreme, the power of love may result in substantial destruction of the individual. Book IV of Virgil’s epic tale
Diotima asserts that love is neither mortal nor immortal but “halfway between mortal and immortal” (plato 555). While the conception of offspring and philosophical notions are mortal elements, the existence of both create immortality. While the distinction between earthly and heavenly love is rejected the superiority of love based in wisdom is still in place because ideas last longer
Love will change you even if you don't want to be changed. Molding you into the best you possible. It comes with pain but that doesn't mean give up. Some say it's useless nothing but lust and only used to continue the human race. Love is a force like no other and once it grabs you there is no escape.
Many see love as a positive quality and for the most part it is. It gives us compassion for our fellow man, allows us to bond with each other, and care for our families. But it also has self-destructive properties too. In Thucydides History of the Peloponnesian War, the Athenians feel a really strong patriotism to their city and empire.
Plato includes this quote to prove that Socrates is indeed the master of love because he pretty much casts a spell on Alcibiades that makes him attracted to something in Socrates that is not physical. The thing that Alcibiades is attracted to in Socrates is his wisdom because his ugliness wouldn't attract someone so handsome like Alcibiades. Socrates is the master of love in the sense that he can make people love his wisdom which is the best kind of love more than any physical characteristic. Anyone so ugly like Socrates who can make such a handsome man like Alcibiades fall in love with him over his wisdom rather than his beauty, has to be
Is It True: A central idea to Plato’s The Symposium is the idea that we should take Diotima’s ladder in order to see pure virtue and beauty in itself. Once achieved, we can become immortal through our virtuous actions. Plato writes about the end result of Diotima’s staircase as “he’ll be able to give birth not just to images of virtue, but to true virtue…has the chance of becoming loved by the gods, and immortal” (50). By seeing beauty in itself and virtue in all things, it makes the viewer more optimistic and inclined to offer more helpful and effective criticisms to those trying to achieve immortality themselves. For me, an example can be brought up from chess.
In Plato’s Symposium, love (Eros) is the subject of discussion and it does not directly illustrate Plato’s idea, but it implies his idea through a dialogue of men attending a hosted party, while in The Analects, it shows the idea of love in Confucius through the concept of Ren and the text shows Confucius’s idea through the dialogue between Confucius and his students. It is an interesting dialogue between Plato and Confucius as they are representing different cultures and political environments. The following story is about Plato walked into Confucius in a Chinese restaurant and they exchanged ideas of love during the conversation. One day Plato walked to a Chinese restaurant and saw Confucius. Confucius was drinking tea and reading a book,