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Brynnley TompkinsPhilosophy 20Exam Part 2Vernon MartinNovember, 14 2021Exam Part 2In Plato's Symposium, Diotima explains what Eros/Love is to Socrates,and many of Eros’ characteristics parallel that of Socrates himself. Socrates' lifeas a philosopher is similar to Diotima’s description of Eros/ Love in the way thatboth follow the “ladder of love’s” portrayal; eros in how it plays out for anindividual with love, and for Socrates, in how he uses philosophy in everyday lifefor his strive to gain ultimate wisdom and overlook the physical/ material in sightof the betterment of the soul.Eros/ love in Diotima’s description moves past the physical and focuses onthe spiritual soul similarly to Socrates' style of philosophy. In Socrates' defense inthe “Apology” , he states in his defense to the audience that the most importantthing a person should want to focus their development and life towards improvingis not wealth, material possession, or status; but rather, to focus on the well beingof the soul. “And I believe that no greater good for you has ever come about inthe city than my service to the god. You see, I do nothing else except go aroundtrying to persuade you, both young and old alike, [30b] not to care about yourbodies or your money as intensely as about how your soul may be in the bestpossible condition.” ( Hackett 1998). This relates to Diotima's ladder of love in theway that the beauty of the soul is regarded to be much higher of a step than suchthings such as physical beauty, like that of Socrates’ regard to the importance of

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