Suzanne Obdrzalek
Claremont McKenna College
This paper offers an intellectualist interpretation of Diotima’s speech in Plato’s Symposium. Diotima’s purpose, in discussing the lower lovers, is to critique their erōs as aimed at a goal it can never secure, immortality, and as focused on an inferior object, themselves. By contrast, in loving beauty, the philosopher gains a mortal sort of completion; in turning outside of himself, he also ceases to be preoccupied by his own incompleteness.
Keywords Plato  Diotima  Socrates  Symposium  eros  love  intellectualism  asceticism  moral psychology  happiness  contemplation
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