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- DescriptionPlato's Symposium, written in the early part of the 4th century BC, is set at a drinking party (symposium) attended by some of the leading intellectuals of the day, including Aristophanes, the comic dramatist, Socrates, Plato's mentor, and Alcibiades, the brilliant but (eventually) treacherous politician. Each guest gives a speech in praise of the benefits of desire and its role in the good and happy human life. At the core of the work stands Socrates' praise of philosophical desire, and an argument for the superiority of the philosophical life as the best route to happiness. This edition provides an accessible and engaging new translation by M. C. Howatson, and a substantial introduction, by Frisbee C. C. Sheffield, which guides the reader through the various parts of the dialogue and reflects on its central arguments. A chrology and detailed tes on the participants help to set this enduring work in context.
- Author BiographyM.C. Howatson is Emeritus Fellow in Classics at St Anne's College, Oxford. Frisbee C. C. Sheffield is Lecturer in Philosophy at King's College, London.
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication24/04/2008
- Series TitleCambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight370 g
- Width152 mm
- Height222 mm
- Spine11 mm
- Translated byM. C. Howatson
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