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Socrates on Friendship and Community : Reflections on Plato's Symposium, Phaedrus,andLysis - Mary P. Nichols

Socrates on Friendship and Community

Reflections on Plato's Symposium, Phaedrus,andLysis


Published: 17th May 2010
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In Socrates on Friendship and Community, Mary P. Nichols addresses Kierkegaard's and Nietzsche's criticism of Socrates and recovers the place of friendship and community in Socratic philosophizing. This approach stands in contrast to the modern philosophical tradition, in which Plato's Socrates has been viewed as an alienating influence on Western thought and life. Nichols' rich analysis of both dramatic details and philosophic themes in Plato's Symposium, Phaedras, and Lysis shows how love finds its fulfilment in the reciprocal relation of friends. Nichols also shows how friends experience another as their own and themselves as belonging to another. Their experience, she argues, both sheds light on the nature of philosophy and serves as a standard for a political life that does justice to human freedom and community.

'... Nichols's reading of Plato's central dialogues on love and friendship ... combines the resourcefulness and neediness of philosophical eros with the openness and self-awareness of friendship. Her writing thus exhibits the harmony of speech and deed that is the hallmark of genuine philosophers and true friends alike. Read in the spirit in which it is written, her fine book will yield abundant fruit for years to come.' The Review of Politics
'Socrates on Friendship and Community will be of considerable interests to classicists, philosophers, and political theorists alike. It focuses its reflections on three Platonic dialogues, but in so doing contributes much to the appreciation of the suggestive art of Platonic composition generally.' Hermathena

Acknowledgmentsp. VII
Introductionp. 1
The Problem of Socrates: Kierkegaard and Nietzschep. 7
Kierkegaard: Socrates vs. the Godp. 8
Nietzsche: Call for an Artistic Socratesp. 15
Plato's Socratesp. 23
Love, Generation, and Political Community (The Symposium)p. 25
The Prologuep. 31
Phaedrus' Praise of Nobilityp. 36
Pausanias' Praise of Lawp. 39
Eryximachus' Praise of Artp. 44
Aristophanic Comedyp. 47
Tragic Victoryp. 52
Socrates' Turnp. 57
Socrates' Prophetess and the Daemonicp. 59
Love as Generativep. 64
Alcibiades' Dramatic Entrancep. 70
Alcibiades' Images of Socratesp. 72
Alcibiades' Praise of Socrates' Virtuesp. 79
Aftermathp. 82
The Incompleteness of the Symposiump. 86
Self-Knowledge, Love, and Rhetoric (Plato's Phaedrus)p. 90
The Settingp. 95
Non-Lovers (Lysias' Speech and Socrates' First Speech)p. 98
Souls and Their Fallp. 105
Lovers and Their Ascentp. 113
Prayer to Lovep. 120
Contemporary Rhetoric and Politicsp. 122
A Genuine Art of Rhetoricp. 136
Writingp. 142
Prayer to Panp. 149
Who Is a Friend? (The Lysis)p. 152
Joining the Groupp. 155
Getting Acquaintedp. 162
Seeking a Friendp. 167
Are Friends the Ones Loving, the Ones Loved, or Both?p. 169
Are Likes Friends?p. 170
Are Unlikes Friends?p. 174
Are Those Who Are Neither Good Nor Bad Friends to the Good?p. 177
Are the Kindred Friends?p. 183
Who Might Friends Be?p. 185
Friendly Communitiesp. 190
Socratic Philosophizingp. 195
Socrates' Youthful Search for Causep. 197
Socrates' Second Sailing and the Ideasp. 202
Piety, Poetry, and Friendshipp. 207
Works Citedp. 217
Indexp. 223
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ISBN: 9780521148832
ISBN-10: 0521148839
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 238
Published: 17th May 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.36