Platos Symposium analysis Essay

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“Plato’s Symposium”

Kaboom, that was the sound of Zeus’s thunder crashing towards the Earth. During this time period the people in Greece believed in these gods. Also happening at the same time period was when the worlds most famous philosophers began to come out and teach. Most importantly the philosophers did what they were suppose to, and that was to question the world around them. One of the most famous philosophers in the Greek period around 416 B.C. was a man named Socrates. Socrates was student of the Diotima which taught him things about love, ignorance, wisdom and right opinion, which he rehearses to the people attending the dinner of Agathon’s.
We will first start by analyzing what Diotima has said about the four cognitive
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Neither do the ignorant search to be wise, and that is the evil of ignorance, a person that is satisfied with himself and is not good nor wise and is satisfied with himself, because he has no desire for that which he has no want.
Socrates then ask Diotima “Who then are the Philosophers? If those who seek after wisdom are neither wise nor the ignorant?” She answers with “They are between these two, as Love is. You see, wisdom is one of the most beautiful things, and Love is a love for the beautiful, so Love must necessarily be a philosopher, and, being a philosopher, he must be between wise and ignorant. His birth is the cause of this for he comes of a wise and resourceful father, but of a mother resource less and not wise.” Diotima here explains to Socrates that philosophers are in the center of wise and ignorant, and love is right in there between the two. Because wisdom is a very beautiful thing, and Love is of the beautiful; and therefore love is also a philosopher or another way of putting it a lover of wisdom. And being a lover of wisdom it too is in the center of wisdom and ignorance. This Love’s birth was also the cause because dad was wealthy and wise, and his mom was poor and foolish.
Now we go on to the model
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