Eros and Philosophical Seduction in Alcibiades I

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

Jill Gordon
Colby College
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
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ISBN(s) 0740-2007
DOI 10.5840/ancientphil20032319
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