phaedrus - 1 Evan D'Agostino Philosophy 104 March 11, 2008...

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1 Evan D’Agostino Philosophy 104 March 11, 2008 Platonic Love Life is subject to comprehension and changing ideas about the way we lead our individual lives. And while this understanding is supreme, it’s groundless without any thought, prodding or questioning of basic ideas. In the same breath, philosophers are the very foundation of this grounding because they are the initiators of thought. Socrates (469/471 BC- 399BC) was one such initiator. He was a classical Greek philosopher and is considered the father of Western and he is especially known for his contribution to the field of ethics he lent his name to the distinct concepts of Socratic irony and Socratic Method or elenchus. Plato, Socrates’ student was greatly influenced by his ideas and theories. Inspite of the fact that it was Socrates who had initiated this dialogue with the inane to the obviously significant, Plato absorbed his comprehension of the world to give us a deeper insight into the great philosophers thought process. The Phaedrus, which is written by Plato, is actually a dialogue between Plato’s main character and protagonist, Socrates and the interlocutor—Phaedrus, in several dialogues. This dialogue was presumably composed around 370 BC around the same time as Plato’s Republic and Symposium. The premise of the text and Phaedrus remains love, and the rhetoric that sustains it. It is diverse and clear in its approach and also dwells into subjects like erotic love to reincarnation. Socrates runs into Phaedrus at the outskirts of Athens. Phaedrus is returning from the home of Lysias when he runs into Socrates, where Lysias has given Phaedrus a speech on love. Socrates is anxious to know what Lysias has to say about
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2 love and prompts Phaedrus to talk about his comprehension of it and eventually repeat the oration he had received. The outstanding part of this dialogue is the fact that it is devoid of juxtapositions and third party arguments, making it seem like we are witness to first hand dialogue, discussion and debate. The dialogue first begins with a
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