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The Symposium (Penguin Classics)

The Symposium (Penguin Classics)
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  • Seller:Eudora
  • Sales Rank:14,105
  • Languages:English (Unknown), English (Original Language), English (Published)
  • Media:Paperback
  • Number Of Items:1
  • Edition:Reissue
  • Pages:144
  • Shipping Weight (lbs):0.3
  • Dimensions (in):7.8 x 5.1 x 0.4
  • Publication Date:April 29, 2003
  • ISBN:0140449272
  • EAN:9780140449273
  • ASIN:0140449272
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Synopsis
In the course of a lively drinking party, a group of Athenian intellectuals exchange views on eros, or desire. From their conversation emerges a series of subtle reflections on gender roles, sex in society and the sublimation of basic human instincts. The discussion culminates in a radical challenge to conventional views by Plato's mentor, Socrates, who advocates transcendence through spiritual love. The Symposium is a deft interweaving of different viewpoints and ideas about the nature of love—as a response to beauty, a cosmic force, a motive for social action and as a means of ethical education.

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