Plato's Phaedrus: The Philosophy of Love

Purdue University Press, 1999 - 231 Seiten
The Pbaedrus lies at the heart of Plato's work, and the topics it discusses are central to his thought. In its treatment of the topics of the soul, the ideas and love, it is closely tied to the other dialogues of Plato's "middle period," the Pbaedo, the Symposium, and the Republic.

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Two Speeches against Love Phaedrus 230e234c 237b241d

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Seite 129 - Thou shalt find on the left of the House of Hades a Well-spring, And by the side thereof standing a white cypress. To this Well-spring approach not near. But thou shalt find another by the Lake of Memory, Cold water flowing forth, and there are guardians before it. Say : ' I am a child of Earth and of Starry Heaven ; But my race is of Heaven (alone). This ye know yourselves. And lo ! I am parched with thirst and I perish. Give me quickly The cold water flowing forth from the Lake of Memory.
Seite 24 - ... wisdom, and for the rest of time men will call them sacred heroes. As the soul is immortal, has been born often and has seen all things here and in the underworld, there is nothing which it has not learned; so it is in no way surprising that it can recollect the things it knew before, both about virtue and other things. As the whole of nature is akin, and the soul has learned everything, nothing prevents a man, after recalling one thing only— a process men call learning— discovering everything...
Seite 210 - Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.
Seite 147 - For I go around doing nothing but persuading both young and old among you not to care for your body or your wealth in preference to or as strongly as for the best possible state of h your soul, as I say to you: "Wealth does not bring about excellence, but excellence makes wealth and everything else good for men, both individually and collectively.
Seite 2 - ... that reign of injustice. Not long afterwards the rule of the Thirty was overthrown and with it the entire constitution; and once more I felt the desire, though this time less strongly, to take part in the public affairs of the city. Many disgraceful things occurred, of course, during those unsettled days, and it is not surprising that, under cover of the revolution, too many old enmities were avenged. But in general those who then came into power showed great clemency.
Seite 2 - Besides this, our laws and institutions were steadily degenerating, so much so that, whereas at first I had been full of zeal for public life, when I looked closely and saw how unstable everything was, I became at last completely bewildered; and though I did not cease to reflect upon some way of bringing about an improvement in the laws and customs and even in the whole constitution, yet I refrained from action, waiting for the proper time. At last...
Seite 65 - The art of contradiction making, descended from an insincere kind of conceited mimicry, of the semblance-making breed, derived from image making, distinguished as a portion, not divine but human, of production, that presents a shadow play of words — such are the blood and lineage which can, with perfect truth, be assigned to the authentic Sophist.
Seite 75 - For this knowledge is not something that can be put into words like other sciences; but after long-continued intercourse between teacher and pupil. in joint pursuit of the subject. suddenly. like light flashing forth when a fire is kindled. it is born in the soul and straightway nourishes itself.
Seite 24 - ... which they call dying. at times it is reborn. but it is never destroyed. and one must therefore live one's life as piously as possible: Persephone will return to the sun above in the ninth year the souls of those from whom she will exact punishment for old miseries. and from these come noble kings. mighty in strength and greatest in wisdom. and for the rest of time men will call them sacred heroes.
Seite 207 - Silenus' statues, and I had a glimpse of the figures he keeps 227 hidden within: they were so godlike — so bright and beautiful, so utterly amazing — that I no longer had a choice — I just had to do whatever he told me. What I thought at the time was that what he really wanted was me, and that seemed to me the luckiest coincidence: all I had to do was to let him have his way with me, and he would teach me everything he knew — believe me, I had a lot of confidence in my looks.

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Graeme Nicholson, is Professor Emeritus at University of Toronto, Department of Philosophy. Areas of research include ontology and hermeneutics, Plato, philosophical theology.

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