Plato's Symposium

A Translation by Seth Benardete with Commentaries by Allan Bloom and Seth Benardete

Plato

Plato

Translated by Seth Benardete
199 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2001
Paper $18.00 ISBN: 9780226042756 Published February 2001
Plato, Allan Bloom wrote, is "the most erotic of philosophers," and his Symposium is one of the greatest works on the nature of love ever written. This new edition brings together the English translation of the renowned Plato scholar and translator, Seth Benardete, with two illuminating commentaries on it: Benardete's "On Plato's Symposium" and Allan Bloom's provocative essay, "The Ladder of Love." In the Symposium, Plato recounts a drinking party following an evening meal, where the guests include the poet Aristophanes, the drunken Alcibiades, and, of course, the wise Socrates. The revelers give their views on the timeless topics of love and desire, all the while addressing many of the major themes of Platonic philosophy: the relationship of philosophy and poetry, the good, and the beautiful.
Contents
Symposium
The Ladder of Love BY ALLAN BLOOM
On Plato's Symposium BY SETH BENARDETE
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