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can we talk about the cover of this book? it has a butt on it! a respectable hackett edition of plato's dialogues has a butt on the cover!(the cover aside, i count the phaedrus among the best and most important texts i've ever read. love and rhetoric. who in the world we are, and what we should say about it, and how to.)
Socrates is such an asshole 😂While it is difficult to judge the reasoning and logic of one's predecessors when our own world has been so informed by them, the logic here appears quite faulty. Still, the thought that one of Plato's dialogues is set at a party where the guests get fantastically drunk has always amused me to no end.
Lovely ramblings about love. Those boys sure knew how to have a good time back then.
This is definitely not my favorite collection of Plato. I don't particularly enjoy Phaedrus or Lysis to begin with. There is some interesting stuff in those dialogues without a doubt, but the context of casual pedophilia always has made me a bit uncomfortable. I know it's cultural and Plato advocates a repurposing of it that desexualizes it; but, it's still not a comfortable read. Symposium is fantastic, full of wit and humor. I especially enjoyed Aristophanes' speech and the arrival of Alcibiad...