Lauren Ware
University of Kent
In his dialogues, Plato presents different ways in which to understand the relation between Forms and particulars. In the Symposium, we are presented with yet another, hitherto unidentified Form-particular relation: the relation is Love, which binds together Form and particular in a generative manner, fulfilling all the metaphysical requirements of the individual’s qualification by participation. Love in relation to the beautiful motivates human action to desire for knowledge of the Form, resulting in the lover actively cultivating and bringing into being new beauty in the world, and in herself. Chapters 1 and 2 of this thesis offer a survey of the arguments and examples Plato puts forward in the text of the corpus regarding the nature of Forms and the nature of participation, alongside a framework of the traditional interpretations of these two Platonic concepts in the literature. Chapter 3 turns to a close examination of Erôs in the Symposium, arguing that the love Plato presents in this dialogue is of a different sort than appetitive emotion. It is an aesthetic and intellectual attraction, capable of stimulating cognitive achievement. Erôs, however, does not stop there. The lover is led not only to contemplation of beauty, but to the generation of beauty, which is the subject of Chapter 4. The emotive-turn-to-cognitive relation of Erôs, I argue, is the clearest picture Plato paints of how possession of properties can be explained through participation in Forms. Erôs leads the lover to produce beauty in the world and in the soul, which explains how love in relation to the beautiful can lead to becoming beautiful. The object of love is the generation of beauty, the mortal mechanism of participation in the Form by which the lover herself becomes beautiful. Finally, Chapter 5 focusses on beauty itself and its role in moral education. Beauty, for Plato, is required for creative generation and can be understood as a uniquely powerful virtue of soul.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
Reprint years 2014
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 57,156
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

Relational Holism and Quantum Mechanics1.Paul Teller - 1986 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 37 (1):71-81.
The Mathematical Universe.Max Tegmark - 2008 - Foundations of Physics 38 (2):101-150.
Knowledge and Belief in Republic V-VII.Gail Fine - 1990 - In Stephen Everson (ed.), Epistemology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 85-115.
Justice and Equality.Gregory Vlastos - 1984 - In Louis P. Pojman & Robert Westmoreland (eds.), Equality: Selected Readings. Oup Usa.

View all 51 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

In Liminal Tension Towards Giving Birth: Eros, the Educator.Arpad Szakolczai - 2013 - History of the Human Sciences 26 (5):0952695113478242.
Why is Socrates Absurd Question Absurd? (Plato, Symposium 199 C 6-D 7).Denis O’Brien - 2010 - International Journal of the Platonic Tradition 4 (1):4-26.
Permanent Beauty and Becoming Happy in Plato's Symposium.Gabriel Richardson Lear - 2006 - In J. H. Lesher, Debra Nails & Frisbee C. C. Sheffield (eds.), Plato's Symposium: Issues in Interpretation and Reception. Harvard University Press. pp. 96.
Nehamas on Beauty and Love.Berys Gaut - 2010 - British Journal of Aesthetics 50 (2):199-204.
Is Beauty a Pure Perfection?Raphael Bexten - 2010 - Sammelpunkt. Elektronisch Archivierte Theorie.
Beauty.Roger Scruton - 2009 - Oxford University Press.
Goodness And Beauty In Plato.Nicholas Riegel - 2014 - Archai: Revista de Estudos Sobre as Origens Do Pensamento Ocidental 12:143-154.


Added to PP index

Total views
50 ( #200,322 of 2,411,746 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
4 ( #188,160 of 2,411,746 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes