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Phaedrus : World's Classics - Plato .

Phaedrus

World's Classics

By: Plato ., Robin Waterfield (Translator)

Paperback Published: August 2009
ISBN: 9780199554027
Number Of Pages: 176

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'Some of our greatest blessings come from madnessPhaedrus is widely recognized as one of Plato's most profound and beautiful works. It takes the form of a dialogue between Socrates and Phaedrus and its ostensible subject is love, especially homoerotic love. Socrates reveals it to be a kind of divine madness that can allow our souls to grow wingsand soar to their greatest heights. Then the conversation changes direction and turns to a discussion of rhetoric, which must be based on truth passionately sought, thus allying it to philosophy. The dialogue closes by denigrating the value of the written word in any context, compared to theliving teaching of a Socratic philosopher.The shifts of topic and register have given rise to doubts about the unity of the dialogue, doubts which are addressed in the introduction to this volume. Full explanatory notes also elucidate issues throughout the dialogue that might puzzle a modern reader.

ISBN: 9780199554027
ISBN-10: 0199554021
Series: World's Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: August 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.8  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.14

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