31 - Wings of Desire: Plato's Erotic Dialogues

In this episode, Peter discusses Plato’s erotic dialogues, the Lysis, the Phaedrus and the Symposium, and talks about the relationship between love, friendship and philosophy in Plato’s thought.

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Further Reading: 

• G. Ferrari,  “Platonic Love,” in The Cambridge Companion to Plato, ed. R. Kraut (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992), 248-76.

• A. Nehemas and P. Woodruff, Plato: Symposium and Plato: Phaedrus (Indianapolis: Hackett, 1989, 1995).

• T. Penner and C. Rowe, Plato's Lysis (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005).

• A. Price, Love and Friendship in Plato and Aristotle (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1989).

• C.D.C. Reeve, 1992, “Telling the Truth About Love: Plato's Symposium,” Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy 8 (1992), 89-114.

• C.J. Rowe, Plato: Phaedrus (Warminster: Aris and Phillips, 1986).

• F.C.C. Sheffield, Plato's Symposium: The Ethics of Desire (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2006).

• G. Vlastos, "The Individual as Object of Love in Plato," in G. Vlastos, Platonic Studies (Princeton: 1981), 3-34.

Stanford Encyclopedia: Plato on friendship and eros

Jim Hannon's picture

what about love between a man and woman?

This episode made me wonder: how did the ancient greeks view love between a man and a woman? Was it some base thing, tainted by reproduction, that really wasn't love? Could a man love a woman, or only truly love another man?

Jim Hannon's picture

forgot to add:

I forgot to mention: I really love the podcast. I never thought the history of philosophy would be something I would get into. I wish I took it in school. Put up a tip jar.