Plato on Friendship and Eros

[Revised entry by C. D. C. Reeve on June 1, 2016. Changes to: Bibliography] Plato discusses love (eros) and friendship (philia) primarily in two dialogues, the Lysis and the Symposium, though the
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[Revised entry by C. D. C. Reeve on June 1, 2016. Changes to: Bibliography] Plato discusses love (eros) and friendship (philia) primarily in two dialogues, the Lysis and the Symposium, though the Phaedrus also adds significantly to his views. In each work, Socrates as the quintessential philosopher is in two ways center stage, first, as a lover of wisdom (sophia) and discussion (logos), and, second, as himself an inverter or disturber of erotic norms. Plato's views on love are a meditation on Socrates and the power his...

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