Essay heading: Plato S Symposium

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The fact that Eryximachus sends them away suggests that this party will be more serious than normal, and philosophical discussion will take the place of erotic stimulation. The symposium is framed by several levels of narrative distancing, Apollodorus tells to his companion, but it is actually a retelling of the story he told Glaucon...
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And the actual writer of the dialogue is Plato, so there must be a further level of retelling by which he himself learns the story. And in the story itself we get several different speeches. We are given the sense that truth is not something we can be given, but something that must be sifted through, something we must work to acquire...
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