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Lecture # 6 Symposium Contโ€ฆ
โ€ขConcept of mediation creates an unsettled sense of the story because itโ€™s being passed down
from person to person; layers separating our knowledge; chain of knowledge; concept of
mediation
โ€ขTopic of conversation if love, each person makes a speech of a formal quality that takes place in
an informal setting๎€speeches one through 6 are praises of love but the 7
th
is about Socrates
himself
โ€ขPausanias ๎€love makes you do crazy things๎€focus on the nature of the lover and the
beloved๎€focus on a male on male relationship and the male is the higher form of being๎€mind,
soul, character and virtue๎€relationship where two people are unequal in age and
experience๎€thereโ€™s one who is loved and one who is the lover๎€common love: same sex
and its physical love pg 14 vs. celestial love: male on male; about the mind and based on the love
of the ideal, the love of the beautiful, the potential for virtue, the lover will grow to love the other
for their virtuous qualities, but the lover benefits because it involves moral growth, a relationship
thatโ€™s constant
โ€ขEryximachus ๎€Love is a force of nature pg 20๎€ its present in EVERTYHING that exists๎€its
universal concept๎€natural and supernatural๎€love must be moderate, not brutal
โ€ขAristophanes is a comic playwright๎€ pg 24-25; staggered beginning then comical beginning
and then conversational beginning๎€this foreshadows Socrates staggered beginning for his
speech๎€He makes fun of people๎€ he starts off with the creation story๎€ pg 25-30 what it is to
love and what it means to love? ๎€light comic relief in his speech but itโ€™s also painful; yearning
for the wholeness and to be one with the beloved pg 29 ๎€love is a yearning and active and
motive thing and by the end of it, we want to achieve wholeness, reunion with your other
half๎€human nature
--These speeches represent the two sides of drama ๎€(Arist and Agat); the first three are
about the conditions of love
โ€ขAgathon is the host, famous for writing tragedies๎€ heโ€™s a poet and he suggest that poetry in
itself is the expression of love๎€ he argues that we should talk about the god of love and the
virtues that arise from it๎€ his speech is very static and not as powerful๎€ he reflects from
different points of love๎€ question of perspective and where you are๎€ love is a transcendent
quality๎€32-36 god of love is young and is sensitive and lovely and attractive, fluid and these are
the 4 aspects of loves nature๎€love empowers you and it could rise to other things pg 34-35;
children of the mind and the body and the mind is more important๎€aspect of loveโ€™s
courage and wisdom, children creates everything by love๎€love makes poetry
โ€ขSocrates ๎€he creates disorder but itโ€™s already in the room because of him๎€ why does he have
to speak in someone elseโ€™s voice?? ๎€talks about the real children of love
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