Finding Jung in the Symposium, Plato’s most revealing dialogue - 2nd Session

Join us for the second of three sessions. The first session was engaging with plenty of open discussion! (If you missed the first, no problem.)

Non-members $10 / Members $8 / Students $5 (Per Session)
Three sessions: May 1st, 8th, and 15th

In the first half of the dialogue the characters give speeches in praise of love. In the last speech Socrates discloses a somewhat mystical view. One speech is contemporary, explaining the origin of a phenomenon in romantic love, my other half or soul-mate. As Socrates is ending his speech, a new character, Alcibiades enters drunk, on a love mission. The narrative now turns dramatic. He is surprised by the presence of Socrates and, after engaging in a lover’s quarrel, he confesses his love for him. At the same time he asks the others present to be a jury to hear his accusation that Socrates is a false lover. His “evidence” consists of more information about Socrates than in any of the other dialogues. It also invites a comparison of Alcibiades’ trial of Socrates and the famous one in which he is found guilty of corrupting the young and introducing new gods into Athens.

Are there Jungian concepts at play in the dialogue? There is certainly a hero’s journey (as in Hero with a Thousand Faces). Is one of Alcibiades accusations, as if he were a client, a love-attack on his therapist? Are there archetypes present? Even expressions from the unconscious? What is Socrates’ shadow-anima? Is there a complex at play, a Socratic complex?

Finding Jung in the Symposium will be like “going on a bear hunt” together.

Dr. Hole graduated with a B.A. in Physics at the University of Rochester, and returned to complete a Ph.D. in Philosophy. He was inducted into the UR Sports Hall of Fame for records in football and track. He was promoted to the rank of SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor. His non-philosophy interests include mathematics, poetry and racquetball.

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