By Stanley Rosen

This can be the 1st full-length examine of the Symposium to be released in English, and one of many first English works on Plato to take its bearings through the dramatic type of the Platonic discussion, a thesis that used to be considered as heterodox on the time yet which this present day is generally accredited via students of the main assorted perspective. Rosen used to be additionally one of many first to check intimately the philosophical value of the phenomenon of concrete human sexuality, because it is gifted by way of Plato within the various characters of the most audio system within the discussion. His research of the theoretical importance of pederasty within the discussion used to be hugely debatable on the time, yet is this present day permitted as principal to Plato's dramatic phenomenology of human existence." "Rosen discusses a number of subject matters that had formerly been missed within the secondary literature, together with the matter of the hybristic nature of the thinker, the poetical measurement of Plato's belief of philosophy, and the theoretical implication of different among Platonic writing and Socratic dialog.

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I should hold it most likely that Plato 58. Cf. P. Shorey, The Unity of Plato’s Thought (Chicago, 1904), p. 205, con­ cerning the dissolution of the Republic into stages of historical development: "T h e petitio principii is the assumption that the numerous connecting links and cross-references that bind together the “ parts” of the Republic were in­ serted as an afterthought. ” lx INTRODUCTION altered the details of his views in the course of a long and fruit­ ful life. So far as the dialogues are concerned, however, such a commonsensical proposition is either misleading or irrelevant.

58 I cannot discuss every aspect of this complex situation but must limit myself to one or two main points. T o begin with, it is undoubtedly reasonable to suggest that men change their minds as they mature. I should hold it most likely that Plato 58. Cf. P. Shorey, The Unity of Plato’s Thought (Chicago, 1904), p. 205, con­ cerning the dissolution of the Republic into stages of historical development: "T h e petitio principii is the assumption that the numerous connecting links and cross-references that bind together the “ parts” of the Republic were in­ serted as an afterthought.

17-18. 52. 264C2 ff. Ivi INTRODUCTION when philosophers explain themselves about philosoph­ ical themes, they must explain themselves about philo­ sophical themes, they must comply with their Ideas; they cannot keep these Ideas in their pockets. However, he adds: “skill pertains to the communication of the idea; this remains always something esoteric, and one has thus not merely the exoteric of the philosophers/’ 53 What remains to be determined is the precise way in which Plato communi­ cates his Ideas.

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