Summary of Plato’s Symposium


The symposium by Plato is a celebration of the love for philosophy as well as other arts demanding conversation such as poetry. Love as used is the pursuit of one’s craft an example is the philosopher who dedicates is time to study and the public. The speeches in the symposium serve many purposes one of which is being a piece juxtaposed with multiple meanings through which the reader can formulate their own ideas. This can be seen with the changed up dialogue at the end of the symposium where though the conversations of the speakers are practically the same other topics not in the readers initial read takes form. The symposium is a critique of the issues of said time period such as how teacher student relationships were viewed.


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