Beautiful Falsehoods: A Look at the Symposium, and the Problem of Diotima

Show simple item record Greenwood, Todd 2011-04-18T20:24:40Z 2011-04-18T20:24:40Z 2011-04-02
dc.description.abstract One question which is often brought up with regards to the Symposium is why Socrates chooses to give his speech through the mouth of Diotima, given that she is the only woman ever to get a prominent speaking role in any of the dialogues? Through a careful examination of the forms as presented in his speech, I show how Socrates would likely not have been espousing accurate concepts of such things as Beauty and love. Instead, it can be seen that he is doing much the same thing as every other individual at the symposium, named providing a eulogy to Eros. Considering the situation in the Symposium it becomes clear what purpose Diotima serves; through her, Socrates is able to give a eulogy and participate in the symposium with the others, and yet still keep his reputation among those present; the speech, and thus the problems therein, are not actually seen to be said by Socrates. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Regina Graduate Students' Association en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Session 4.3 en_US
dc.subject Socrates en_US
dc.subject Symposium en_US
dc.subject Diotima en_US
dc.subject Eros en_US
dc.title Beautiful Falsehoods: A Look at the Symposium, and the Problem of Diotima en_US
dc.type Presentation en_US
dc.description.authorstatus Student en_US
dc.description.peerreview yes en_US

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