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Human Existence (PHIL 107) SPRING 2008 Phil 107-01 MWF 2:00 – 2:50 HOLT 352 Phil 107-02 MW 4:00 – 5:15 HOLT 352 Prof. Ed Pluth Trinity 106 Office Hours: MW 11:00 – 1:00; T 11:00 – 12:00 Phone: 898-4769 epluth@csuchico.edu Symposium study guide 1. One of the main points of Agathon’s speech is that love is the most beautiful of the gods. In the short passage in which Socrates questions Agathon (199D – 201C), what properties does Socrates say love has? 2. What does Socrates learn about love from Diotima, and why does she say what she says? Diotima also denies that love is a god. What does she consider love to be instead? (Focus on the passage from 201D to 203B) 3. What is the real object of love, according to Diotima, and what is one of her reasons for saying this? (It involves a reference to Aristophanes’s view.) What is the function of beauty according to her? (205E – 207A)
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Unformatted text preview: 4. Diotima claims at 206C that we are all pregnant, both in body and in soul. What on earth is she talking about? What does she say we are really looking for from reproduction? She describes a process or development from 210A to 212B. What is the end result of this process? 5. Alcibiades compares Socrates to Marsyas (215C-215D) and to statues of Silenus (216D-E). Explain these comparisons, and how they express the effect that Socrates has on Alcibiades. What does Alcibiades hope for from Socrates, and given that Socrates is older than Alcibiades, do you notice anything strange about the way Alcibiades is describing his feelings for Socrates? 6. Describe the way in which Socrates was behaving with Alcibiades (from 217B to around 218C). What does Alcibiades end up saying to Socrates, and why do you think Socrates says what he says in reply?...
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