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Expressing and evoking feelings and emotions of metaphysical and epistemological awe, such is Plato’s Phaedrus. Vividly portrayed in this text is the complexity of physical beauty being a vessel to express ideal beauty. Throughout, Plato evokes three analogies to dramatically describe how an individual experiences beauty they are vision, memory and idolatry. Vision, the foremost is more tactile than interpreted; “…as he receives the effluence of beauty through the eyes”. Memory is the soul’s recollection of divine beauty. Idolatry is revering the beauty of a loved one. Acknowledging mortals as mere images of another world, Plato explicitly states that the appreciation of physical beauty is a means to an end, the love of ideal beauty. Thus, undertaking pleasure in physical beauty is a hindrance to this end, yet; on the other hand, while describing the sight of beauty and the subsequent initiation he contradicts himself by bestowing an undertone of desire and eroticism to it. Plato privileges beauty in his philosophy, because of its one dazzling feature, its
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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2008 for the course REL 131g taught by Professor Campany during the Spring '08 term at USC.

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