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Shadow Lovers: The Symposiasts and Socrates

Frisbee C. C. Sheffield

in Plato's Symposium: The Ethics of Desire

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199286775
eISBN:
9780191713194
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199286775.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

This chapter explores the relationship between Socrates and his predecessors, and gives a significant philosophical role to all the speeches of the dialogue. It argues that Socrates' speech is ... More


Eryximachus’ Tale: The Symposium’s Challenge to Medicine’s Preeminence

Susan B. Levin

in Plato’s Rivalry with Medicine: A Struggle and Its Dissolution

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780199919802
eISBN:
9780199378159
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199919802.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter argues that the Symposiumdebunks medicine’s claim to be the preeminent technê. At the same time, the dialogue contributes importantly to Plato’s unfolding argument that philosophy alone ... More


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