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Loving and Dying : A Reading of Plato's Phaedo, Symposium, and Phaedrus - Richard Gotshalk

Loving and Dying

A Reading of Plato's Phaedo, Symposium, and Phaedrus

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Loving and Dying is a reading of three dialogues (Phaedo, Symposium, and Phaedrus) which, using the figure of Socrates conversing in three different concrete situations, in complementary fashion address death, love, and reflection, as matters central to finding and understanding life's meaning and to sharing in the kind of immortality that is open to a human being. The intent of the work is simply to bring to attention how the dialogues register as drama and how they achieve this provocation of the reader to reflection on these central matters in human life.

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. ix
Phaedo
The Drama and Dramatic Movementp. 1
Elements of the overall dramap. 2
The dramatic movement of the narrated happening as a wholep. 10
Music and Story-tellingp. 13
Socrates the musician (59c8-61d2)p. 13
Mythologizing on death (61d2-62a2)p. 18
Defense for the Philosophic Lifep. 23
The first explanation of the lover-of-wisdom's wanting to die (623a2-63b5)p. 23
Socrates's defense of his life (63b5-69e5)p. 25
A hint concerning the discussion to come (59c8-69a5)p. 35
The summons to argument (69e6-70c3)p. 37
First Argument for Immortalityp. 41
The first part of the first argument (70c3-72e2)p. 41
The second part of the first argument (72e2-77b1)p. 52
The completion of the first argument (77b1-77d5)p. 61
Soothing the Fear of Deathp. 64
A childish fearp. 64
Soothing talkp. 67
The Second Argument, and a Storyp. 71
The second argument (78b4-80e2)p. 71
The story after the second argument (80e2-84b8)p. 76
A Pause in the Argument (84b8-91c6)p. 87
The swan-song of the servant of Apollop. 87
The objections statedp. 91
Misologyp. 94
Reply to Simmias (91c6-95a6)p. 101
Reply to Cebes, the Third Argumentp. 107
Socrates's experience of philosophic inquiry (95a7-100b9)p. 107
Account of the cause (100c1-105c8)p. 115
Third argument for the soul's immortality (105c9-107b10)p. 116
The urging to a clearer examination of the primary hypothesesp. 118
The argument, taken literally, then reflectivelyp. 122
The reflective meaning of the extended argument for immortalityp. 123
Myth and the Endp. 130
The myth (107c1-115a8)p. 130
The journey to Hadesp. 130
The earth and its regions or placesp. 131
The soul's journey, envisaged in relation to these regions and placesp. 133
The death of Socrates (115b1-end)p. 137
First Interludep. 139
Symposium
Dramatic Setting and Movementp. 141
Phaedrus, Pausanias, and Eryximachusp. 146
Aristophanesp. 151
The storyp. 151
What is the story about?p. 153
The Aristophanic interpretation and emphasisp. 155
Agathonp. 160
Socratesp. 162
Diotima on erosp. 164
Diotima, what love is (201d1-204c7)p. 164
Diotima, love's use to human beings (204c8-212a8)p. 166
The Socratic interpretation and emphasisp. 172
The maturational meaning of eros in youthp. 172
The contrast with Aristophanesp. 174
Alcibiadesp. 179
Second Interludep. 184
Phaedrus
Dramatic Setting and Movementp. 186
The non-lover's speech: Lysiasp. 189
A lover's pretend-speech: Socratesp. 192
The divine sign, and love as a divine madness: Socratesp. 196
Cicadas, and conversingp. 198
Speechp. 202
Lovep. 205
Immortal and mortal living beingsp. 206
The mortal and its embodied livesp. 208
In mortals, loving and the loverp. 210
The meaning of the muthosp. 214
Speechp. 224
The art of speaking in written and oral fashionp. 224
The contrast of speaking and writingp. 231
Codap. 235
Second Codap. 237
Notesp. 244
Selected Bibliographyp. 276
Indexp. 278
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ISBN: 9780761820727
ISBN-10: 0761820728
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 12th November 2001
Publisher: UNIV PR OF AMER
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.39 x 15.04  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.41