Norsk Filosofisk Tidsskrift 48 (1):74-85 (2013)

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In this paper I investigate the understanding of eros expressed in the speeches of Phaedrus and Agathon in Plato’s Symposium, two speeches often neglected in the literature. I argue that they contain crucial insights about the nature of eros that reappear in Diotima’s speech. Finally, I consider the relation of Socrates and Alcibiades in light of these insights, arguing that the figure of Alcibiades should be seen as a negative illustration of the notion of erotic education described by Diotima.
Keywords Plato   Symposium   Socrates   love   Alcibiades   Phaedrus and Agathon
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