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Conversations of the West: Antiquity and the Enlightenment TA Menachem 11:00 – 12:15 September 27, 2005 Symposium After reading the Symposium by Plato, my reactions about the story of a group of intellectuals and their conversation on love were mixed. I really enjoyed it until the end. The ending with the drunken Alcibiades was not a particularly good part of the story in my opinion. I think that the speakers in the story, starting with Phaedrus, progressively got better and better, until the final speaker, Alcibiades. His topic was kind of irrelevant to the topic of love and he was just talking about his jealousy of not being able to be with Socrates. My favorite speaker was probably Agathon or Diotima. Aristophanes’ theory was probably the craziest and most non-credible out of all the speakers. The Symposium was a good resource to try to understand the philosophy of love better, being that it came from the great philosophers of the past including Socrates. I believe that Agathon’s theory was the most truly inspirational and useful
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