Phaedrus Essay

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  • Phaedrus Essay

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    difficult and intentionally obsessive, Plato’s Phaedrus is an exceedingly difficult read that defies all conventional logic as a piece of discourse. The text is extremely subjective, open to interpretation and individual creativity as to what or whom the narrative is about. Written by Plato, a close disciple of Socrates, this text is set along the Illissus river where Phaedrus and Socrates meet for a day of speech, debate, rhetoric and okay…flirting. Phaedrus leads of the day and recites a speech by his

  • The Phaedrus Dialogue

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    The Phaedrus dialogue is one of the masterpieces of philosophical and artistic prose of Plato. The work presents a philosophical debate between Socrates and Phaedrus. Socrates, as expressed by Plato, refutes the false eloquence and proves that the rhetoric should be based on philosophy. In this dialogue, Plato also argues the meaning of true love, the way it is connected with the soul, and how the soul can be incorporated into the frame of art and beauty. Phaedrus covers the most significant aspects

  • The Teachings Of Phaedrus And Alcibiades

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    Phaedrus, an aristocrat, takes the stage first at the symposium. He explains that Erōs is one of the primordial gods, and that the love between a boy and a lover is the greatest love that exists. The lover is meant to guide the boy, and the two must lead each other to examine themselves and feel ashamed. “...[The boy] is especially ashamed before his lover when he is caught in something shameful” (Sym. 178E). Phaedrus later adds that “...Love is...the most powerful in helping men gain virtue and

  • The Potential Of Persuasion By Phaedrus And Life Of Demosthenes

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    Bui Ngo Thanh Truc (Tessa) The Potential of Persuasion in Phaedrus and Life of Demosthenes Persuasion is an essential skill for rhetoricians. Since all a rhetorician needs is not the truth but his own opinion, persuasion is necessary to address the assembly. While persuasion could be used to lead a city to making the right decisions and gaining glory, the power of persuasion could be also abused or used by the wrong person. Demosthenes uses his rhetorical skills to push Athens away from its course

  • Rhetoric, Paideia and the Phaedrus Essay

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    Rhetoric, Paideia and the Phaedrus ABSTRACT: Some of the notorious interpretive puzzles of the Phaedrus arise from reading it in terms of a static version of mimesis; hence, the concerns about its apparent failure to enact its own norms and the status of its own self-commentaries. However, if the dialogue is read in the light of the more dynamic model of a perfectionist paideia — that is, Plato’s portrayal of Socrates as attempting to woo Phaedrus to philosophy (with only partial success) is

  • The Phaedrus : Love And Its Effects On The Soul

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    The Phaedrus is a dialogue written by Plato about love and its effects on the soul. Briefly he writes about the mortality of written works explaining that they lose their immortality as soon as they are written. Through reading the Phaedrus and coming to my own conclusion and then comparing Plato’s conclusion and my own, I discovered that Plato is right, words are not immortal without their authors to explain them or support them and that we will always wonder at the meaning of their work without

  • Life And The Truth Behind Of Siddhartha, Phaedrus, And Oedipus The King

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    meaning, knowledge versus wisdom, and the impact of oneself internally, which all culminate into the realization of value within oneself. To find the truth it has been said that one has to look within. It is within those parameters that Siddhartha, Phaedrus, and Oedipus found what they searched so longingly for. On the topic of Siddhartha, his search for enlightenment was more of a search for the meaning of life and the truth behind it. As Thomas J. Schoenberg and Lawrence J. Trudeau put it, "The novel

  • Socrates And DiotimaViews On Love In Plato's View Of Love

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    each speaker proposing their own perception on the topic. Moreover, it is evident that all the speeches made prior to Diotima’s appearance in the text may have been a sort of buildup for Socrates’ recollection of his discussion with her like how Phaedrus argues that love motivates one to pursue virtuous acts which is a central theme in Diotima’s dialogue on love or how Pausanias’ categorizes love similar to Diotima’s separation of the various types of loves into stages on a ladder. Consequently,

  • Sophists

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    Altogether it seems that Aristotle’s basic criticism towards sophists is quite similar to Plato’s in his Phaedrus. Namely, the main focus of Aristotle’s censure is circling around the claim that previous theoreticians of rhetoric put emphasis on something quite corollary in nature and secondary to the importance of rhetoric. So, according to Aristotle, the contemporary

  • Search For Truth In Letter To The Hebrews, By Socrates

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    eternal life similar to the catholic belief of eternal life. In the Phaedrus, Socrates says that all divine souls “go to feast at the banquet”(Phaedrus 247b), they climb up and view a place beyond heaven where there is a supreme divine being. “What is in this place is without color and without shape and without solidity, a being that really is what it is, the subject of all true knowledge, visible only to intelligence” (Phaedrus 247c). In his letter to the Hebrews, St. Paul speaks about things on

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