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Plato's Symposium: The Ladder of Love

For lovers like us, the Symposium needs no introduction. Let's focus on how Socrates understands "love" through the words of Diotima the priestess seer. With genuine Platonic love, the beauty of the beloved inspires the soul and begins our ascent into contemplation of the Divine.

It is short, so we will read Diotima's speech together.

http://hompi.sogang.ac.kr/anthony/Classics/Diotima.htm

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1600/1600-h/1600-h.htm

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  • Chad B.

    Since I have a fetish for all three--Richard Posner, Martha Nussbaum, and the Supreme Court--I was interested in the Symposium reference re: the DOMA case. I couldn't find it, so I hope someone has a source.

    Posner mentions the Symposium in _Sex and Reason_ and Nussbaum has written at least three books about sexuality and the law. But I didn't see the Symposium, Athens, Posner, Nussbaum, etc. cited in the respondent brief: http://sblog.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Perry-Respondents-Merits-Brief.pdf

    I didn't search the amici briefs.

    February 24, 2013

    • JIM S.

      Yes it's Lawrence not DOMA. But the argument goes back to the earlier Romer case in Colorado for which Martha Nussbaum authored an affidavit quoting page one of Posner's Sex and Reason.

      February 24, 2013

    • JIM S.

      My original source for all this was "Plato in the courtroom: The Surprising Influence of the Symposium on Legal Theory" by Jeffrey Carnes which may be found in "Plato's Symposium: Issues in Interpretation and Reception" edited by James Lesher et. al.

      1 · February 24, 2013

  • Chad B.

    More love, less ladders

    February 24, 2013

  • Brian

    !!

    February 23, 2013

  • JIM S.

    !

    February 23, 2013

  • Martinez B.

    So sorry but I'm still in the suburbs so it seems I won't be able to make it tonight. So sorry guys! Have fun!

    February 23, 2013

  • Brian

    Love is desire for beauty, wisdom and the good. Love desires immortality through giving birth, in body and in soul. The love of the gods belongs to anyone who has given birth to true virtue, and nourished it. And any human being who can be immortal, will be he. And just like that, an idea was born.

    February 23, 2013

  • Brian

    I like everything about this video of the speech, including the music http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opin1HLh0BQ

    February 21, 2013

  • Brian

    I had not loved thee half so well , Loved I not womankind -Ezra Pound

    February 20, 2013

  • JIM S.

    I have written an essay on Diotima's speech which I would appreciate people's looking at. send me your e-mail address and I'll get it to you. [masked]

    January 27, 2013

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