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Plato's Symposium

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss Plato's Symposium, one of the Greek philosopher's best-known works and an influential text about the nature of love.

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss Plato's Symposium, one of the Greek philosopher's most celebrated works. Written in the 4th century BC, it is a dialogue set at a dinner party attended by a number of prominent ancient Athenians, including the philosopher Socrates and the playwright Aristophanes. Each of the guests speaks of Eros, or erotic love. This fictional discussion of the nature of love, how and why it arises and what it means to be in love, has had a significant influence on later thinkers, and is the origin of the modern notion of Platonic love.

With:

Angie Hobbs
Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield

Richard Hunter
Regius Professor of Greek at the University of Cambridge

Frisbee Sheffield
Director of Studies in Philosophy at Christ's College, University of Cambridge.

Producer: Thomas Morris.

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43 minutes

Last on

Thu 2 Jan 2014 21:30

LINKS AND FURTHER READING

Angie Hobbs at the University of Sheffield

 

Richard Hunter at the University of Cambridge

 

Frisbee Sheffield at the University of Cambridge

 

Frisbee Sheffield on Platonic Love

 

Symposium (Plato) - Wikipedia

 

 

READING LIST:

 

Richard Hunter, Plato's Symposium (Oxford University Press, 2004)

 

Richard Kraut (ed.), Cambridge Companion to Plato (Cambridge University Press, 1992), especially the chapter ‘Platonic Love’ by G.R.F. Ferrari

 

J. Lesher, D. Nails and F. Sheffield (eds.), Plato’s Symposium: Issues in Interpretation and Reception (Center for Hellenic Studies, Trustees for Harvard University, 2006)

 

Plato (trans. Christopher Gill), The Symposium (Penguin, 2003)

 

Plato (ed. M. Howatson and F. Sheffield), The Symposium (Cambridge University Press, 2008)

 

Plato (trans. A. Nehamas and P. Woodruff), Symposium (Hackett, 1989)

 

Plato (trans. Robin Waterfield), Symposium (Oxford World's Classics, 2008)

 

Gerald Press (ed.), The Continuum Companion to Plato (Bloomsbury, 2012), especially the chapters ‘The Symposium’ and ‘Women’ by Angie Hobbs

 

Frisbee Sheffield, Plato’s Symposium: The Ethics of Desire (Oxford University Press, 2009)

 

W. H. Werkmeister (ed), Facets of Plato’s Philosophy (Van Gorcum, 1976), especially ‘Platonic Love’ by L.A. Kosman

 

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Melvyn Bragg
Interviewed Guest Angie Hobbs
Interviewed Guest Richard L Hunter
Interviewed Guest Frisbee Sheffield
Producer Thomas Morris

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