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Notes on Symposium Plato

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Julianna Ritter 1/30/2011 Symposium / Plato Plato’s Symposium is often regarded as revolving around love or platonic love. I’ve read the dialogue before a few years ago and was swept away by the issues concerning love but completely skimmed over the issues concerning sex. After reading it for this particular class, I have changed my mind over what I have considered to be platonic love (according to Plato). As of before where I thought platonic love to be non-sexual or surpasses sexuality I believe that is only the emotional aspect. Re-reading the text made me realize Plato insists love and sex are coherently linked. According to Plato’s philosophy, if sex, as an act, is physically pleasing it must be emotionally meaningful since “there is no pleasure better than Love” (196 d). In a comparative history class I took last spring semester, we took a look at part of Aristophanes’ speech where he discusses the human race under the existence of Zeus.There was
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