David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Political Theory 32 (2):186-206 (2004)
Scholars have recently argued that in the Symposium Plato is critical of Socrates and falls closer than his philosophic spokesman to the side of poetry in the old quarrel between philosophy and poetry. Contrary to such interpretations, I argue that on the basis of his experience of a philosophic life, Socrates responds to the poets Plato presents in that dialogue, offering a superior understanding not only of Love but of poetry itself Far from self-sufficient, but like Love "dwell[ing] always in need" and generating through teaching, Socrates both requires and supports political life. The state between poverty and resource that accounts for the pursuit of wisdom and its self-generation through questioning others also accounts for the ongoing human activities that keep political communities alive and flourishing. At issue is not simply Plato's attitude toward Socrates, but the very nature of philosophy and its relation to the political community
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Catherine Osborne (2006). Socrates in the Platonic Dialogues. Philosophical Investigations 29 (1):1–21.
Mary P. Nichols (2009). Socrates on Friendship and Community: Reflections on Plato's Symposium, Phaedrus, and Lysis. Cambridge University Press.
Catherine H. Zuckert (2009). Plato's Philosophers: The Coherence of the Dialogues. The University of Chicago Press.
Robert Metcalf (2009). The Trial of Socrates in Plato's Symposium. Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 14 (1):39-55.
P. Christopher Smith (2005). Poetry, Socratic Dialectic, and the Desire of the Beautiful in Plato's Symposium. Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 9 (2):233-253.
Avi Kujman (2010). An Introduction to Plato's Humanistic Philosophy: Plato's Metaphysical and Political Criticism of Socrates' Philosophy and Action. Create Space.
Sandra Peterson (2011). Socrates and Philosophy in the Dialogues of Plato. Cambridge University Press.
Denis OBrien (2010). Why is Socrates Absurd Question Absurd? (Plato, Symposium 199 C 6-D 7). International Journal of the Platonic Tradition 4 (1):4-26.
Thomas C. Brickhouse (2004). Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Plato and the Trial of Socrates. Routledge.
Jacob Howland (2007). Plato's Dionysian Music?: A Reading of the Symposium. Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 12 (1):17-47.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads25 ( #82,324 of 1,692,492 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #181,267 of 1,692,492 )
How can I increase my downloads?