Eros and Philosophical Seduction in Alcibiades I

Ancient Philosophy 23 (1):11-30 (2003)

Authors
Jill Gordon
Colby College
Abstract
This essay interprets Alcibiades I as representing Socrates' philosophical seduction of Alcibiades. Socrates and Alcibiades are both highly erotic characters, and Socrates attempts to provoke and then guide Alcibiades' erotic tendencies in philosophical directions. The erotic relationship between Socrates and Alcibiades, including Socrates' attraction to Alcibiades, is central to understanding the themes, which also appear in the dialogue, of self-knowledge, political ambition, self-care, divine versus human guidance, and corruption at the hands of the Athenians. Along the way, the essay responds to Schleiermacher's criticisms that the dialogue is poorly composed and therefore not suitable to Plato
Keywords Ancient Philosophy  Classical Studies  History of Philosophy
Categories (categorize this paper)
ISBN(s) 0740-2007
DOI 10.5840/ancientphil20032319
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 38,938
External links

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.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Self-Care, Self-Knowledge, and Politics in the Alcibiades I.Benjamin A. Rider - 2011 - Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 15 (2):395-413.
Tracing the Logic of Force.Richard A. Lee Jr - 2003 - Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 8 (1):103-120.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

The Trial of Socrates in Plato's Symposium.Robert Metcalf - 2009 - Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 14 (1):39-55.
The Failed Seduction.James M. Ambury - 2013 - Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 17 (2):257-274.
Eros Tyrannos: Alcibiades as the Model of the Tyrant in Book IX of the Republic.Annie Larivée - 2012 - International Journal of the Platonic Tradition 6 (1):1-26.
Love as a Problem of Knowledge in Kierkegaard's Either/Or and Plato's Symposium.Ulrika Carlsson - 2010 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 53 (1):41-67.
Eros in Plato's Timaeus.Jill Gordon - 2005 - Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 9 (2):255-278.
Kierkegaard, Seduction, and Existential Education.Herner Sæverot - 2011 - Studies in Philosophy and Education 30 (6):557-572.
Authenticity of Alcibiades I: Some Reflections. Jirsa - 2009 - Listy filologicke 132 (3-4):225-244.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2011-01-09

Total views
81 ( #87,933 of 2,319,347 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
6 ( #217,562 of 2,319,347 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature