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  1. Socrates at the Wrestling School.Erik Kenyon - 2020 - In Heather L. Reid (ed.), Athletics, Gymnastics, and Agon in Plato. pp. 51-66.
  2. The Form of Politics: Aristotle and Plato on Friendship. By John von Heyking. Pp. Xvi, 240, Montreal, McGill‐Queen’s University Press, 2016, £23.99. [REVIEW]Luke Penkett - 2020 - Heythrop Journal 61 (1):147-148.
  3. Socrates, Philosophy, and Friendship in the 'Phaedo'.Doug Reed - 2020 - In Wisdom, Love, and Friendship in Ancient Greek Philosophy: Essays in Honor of Daniel Devereux. Berlin, Germany: De Gruyter. pp. 175–190.
    In this paper I investigate Socrates as a friend in Plato's 'Phaedo'. I begin by setting out his friends' request for reassurance of how they will fare after Socrates dies. I argue that by structuring the discussion as he does, Socrates provides one final opportunity for his friends to prepare themselves for life without him, thus offering them the best kind of reassurance they could ask for.
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  4. Socrates' Lesson to Hippothales in Plato's Lysis.Matthew D. Walker - 2020 - Classical Philology 115 (3):551-566.
    In the opening of Plato’s Lysis, Socrates criticizes the love-besotted Hippothales’ way of speaking to, and about, Hippothales’ yearned-for Lysis. Socrates subsequently proceeds to demonstrate (ἐπιδεῖξαι) how Hippothales should converse with Lysis (206c5–6). But how should we assess Socrates’ criticisms of, and demonstration to, Hippothales? Are they defensible by Socrates’ own standards, as well as independent criteria? In this note, I first articulate and assess Socrates’ criticisms of Hippothales. Second, I identify, examine, and respond to puzzles to which Socrates’ demonstration (...)
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  5. Do Lysis’ Parents Really Love Him?Thornton Lockwood - 2017 - Ancient Philosophy 37 (2):319-332.
    Plato’s Lysis has generated a range of scholarly responses, both with respect to its philosophical content and whether its aporetic conclusion— that what is philon is “neither those who are loved nor those who love, nor those who are like nor those who are unlike, nor those who are good, nor those who are akin (oi oikeioi), nor any of the others we have gone through” (222e3-5)—is genuine or masks a doctrinal resolution available within the text. In a series of (...)
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  6. Aristophanic Tragedy.Suzanne Obdrzalek - 2017 - In Z. Giannopoulou & P. Destrée (eds.), The Cambridge Critical Guide to Plato’s Symposium. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. pp. 70-87.
    In this paper, I offer a new interpretation of Aristophanes’ speech in Plato’s Symposium. Though Plato deliberately draws attention to the significance of Aristophanes’ speech in relation to Diotima’s (205d-206a, 211d), it has received relatively little philosophical attention. Critics who discuss it typically treat it as a comic fable, of little philosophical merit (e.g. Guthrie 1975, Rowe 1998), or uncover in it an appealing and even romantic treatment of love that emphasizes the significance of human individuals as love-objects to be (...)
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  7. Virtues of Thought.Aryeh Kosman - 2014 - Harvard.
    Exploring what two foundational figures, Plato and Aristotle, have to say about the nature of human awareness and understanding, Aryeh Kosman concludes that ultimately the virtues of thought are to be found in the joys and satisfactions that come from thinking philosophically, whether we engage in it ourselves or witness others' participation.
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  8. Contemplation and Self-Mastery in Plato's Phaedrus.Suzanne Obdrzalek - 2012 - Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 42:77-107.
    This chapter examines Plato's moral psychology in the Phaedrus. It argues against interpreters such as Burnyeat and Nussbaum that Plato's treatment of the soul is increasingly pessimistic: reason's desire to contemplate is at odds with its obligation to rule the soul, and psychic harmony can only be secured by violently suppressing the lower parts of the soul.
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  9. Erōs Tyrannos: Philosophical Passion and Psychic Ordering in the Republic.Suzanne Obdrzalek - 2012 - In Noburo Notomi & Luc Brisson (eds.), Dialogues on Plato's Politeia (Republic): Selected Papers from the IX Symposium Platonicum. pp. 188-193.
    In this paper, I explore parallels between philosophical and tyrannical eros in Plato's Republic. I argue that in arguing that reason experiences eros for the forms, Plato introduces significant tensions into his moral psychology.
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  10. Plato and Levinas on Violence and the Other.Deborah Achtenberg - 2011 - Symposium 15 (1):170-190.
    In this essay, I shall describe both Plato and Levinas as philosophers of the other, and delineate their similarities and differences on violence. In doing so, I will open up for broader reflection two importantly contrasting ways in which the self is essentially responsive to—as well as vulnerable to violence from—the other. I will also suggest a new way of situating Levinas in the history of philosophy, not, as he himself suggests, as one of the few in the history of (...)
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  11. Friendship and Philosophy: Teaching Plato’s Lysis.Jeremiah Conway - 2011 - Teaching Philosophy 34 (4):411-421.
    This article examines four contributions made by Plato’s Lysis to a philosophy course on friendship. These contributions are: first, the dialogue’s portrayal of the messy variety of friendships in ordinary life; second, the tension between what it clarifies about friendship through argument and what it reveals through setting and the behavior of its characters; third, how the dialogue focuses attention on aspects of friendship that often receive little attention in contemporary life—how friends talk with each other and friendship as a (...)
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  12. Doing Some Good to Friends: Socrates’ Just Treatment of Polemarchus.R. Michael Olson - 2011 - Journal of Philosophical Research 36:149-172.
    In this article I interpret the conversation that takes place between Socrates and Polemarchus in Book One of the Republic according to its dramatic logic by examining the rhetorical artfulness that informs Socrates’ argumentative tactics. After first examining Polemarchus’s character as obedient spiritedness, I then turn to the argument, showing that Socrates does not undermine Polemarchus’s original opinion but, rather, by making legitimate use of the analogy between justice and technē, moves him to attend to the useful knowledge implicit in (...)
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  13. Friendship - (M.P.) Nichols Socrates on Friendship and Community. Reflections on Plato's Symposium, Phaedrus, and Lysis. Pp. Viii + 229. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. Paper, £17.99, US$28.99 (Cased, £45, US$80). ISBN: 978-0-521-14883-2 (978-0-521-89973-4 Hbk). [REVIEW]Mary Shanahan - 2011 - The Classical Review 61 (2):404-406.
  14. VIII—Beyond Eros: Friendship in the "Phaedrus".Frisbee C. C. Sheffield - 2011 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 111 (2pt2):251-273.
    It is often held that Plato did not have a viable account of interpersonal love. The account of eros—roughly, desire—in the Symposium appears to fail, and, though the Lysis contains much suggestive material for an account of philia—roughly, friendship—this is an aporetic dialogue, which fails, ultimately, to provide an account of friendship. This paper argues that Plato's account of friendship is in the Phaedrus. This dialogue outlines three kinds of philia relationship, the highest of which compares favourably to the Aristotelian (...)
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  15. Nichols Socrates on Friendship and Community: Reflections on Plato's Symposium, Phaedrus and Lysis. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009. Pp. Viii, 229. £45/$80. 9780521899734. [REVIEW]Angela Hobbs - 2010 - Journal of Hellenic Studies 130:272-273.
  16. Moral Transformation and the Love of Beauty in Plato's Symposium.Suzanne Obdrzalek - 2010 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 48 (4):415-444.
    This paper defends an intellectualist interpretation of Diotima’s speech in Plato’s Symposium. I argue that Diotima’s purpose, in discussing the lower lovers, is to critique their erōs as aimed at a goal it can never secure, immortality, and as focused on an inferior object, themselves. By contrast, in loving the form of beauty, the philosopher gains a mortal sort of completion; in turning outside of himself, he also ceases to be preoccupied by his own incompleteness.
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  17. Moral Transformation and the Love of Beauty in Plato's Symposium.Suzanne Obdrzalek - 2010 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 48:415-44.
    This paper offers an intellectualist interpretation of Diotima’s speech in Plato’s Symposium. Diotima’s purpose, in discussing the lower lovers, is to critique their erōs as aimed at a goal it can never secure, immortality, and as focused on an inferior object, themselves. By contrast, in loving beauty, the philosopher gains a mortal sort of completion; in turning outside of himself, he also ceases to be preoccupied by his own incompleteness.
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  18. The Classical Ideals of Friendship.Dirk Baltzly & Nick Eliopoulos - 2009 - In Barabara Caine (ed.), Friendship: a history,. Equinox.
    Surveys the ideals of friendship in ancient Greco-Roman philosophy. The notion of the best friendship inevitably reflects the various conceptions of a good life.
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  19. Review of Mary P. Nichols, Socrates on Friendship and Community: Reflections on Plato's Symposium, Phaedrus, and Lysis[REVIEW]Tushar Irani - 2009 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2009 (9).
  20. Socrates on Friendship and Community: Reflections on Plato's Symposium, Phaedrus, and Lysis.Mary P. Nichols - 2008 - Cambridge University Press.
    Introduction -- The problem of Socrates : Kierkegaard and Nietzsche -- Kierkegaard : Socrates vs. the God -- Nietzsche : call for an artistic Socrates -- Plato's Socrates -- Love, generation, and political community (the Symposium) -- The prologue -- Phaedrus' praise of nobility -- Pausanias' praise of law -- Eryximachus' praise of art -- Aristophanic comedy -- Tragic victory -- Socrates' turn -- Socrates' prophetess and the daemonic -- Love as generative -- Alcibiades' dramatic entrance -- Alcibiades' images of (...)
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  21. Sheffield (F.C.C.) Plato's Symposium: The Ethics of Desire. Pp. X + 252. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006. Cased, £50. ISBN: 978-0-19-928677-. [REVIEW]Suzanne Obdrzalek - 2008 - The Classical Review 58 (1):62-64.
  22. Plato on Friendship and Eros.C. D. C. Reeve - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
  23. Plato’s Lysis, by Terry Penner and Christopher Rowe. [REVIEW]Gale Justin - 2007 - Ancient Philosophy 27 (1):170-174.
  24. Philosophy (T.) Penner and (C.) Rowe Plato's Lysis. Cambridge UP, 2005. Pp. Xiv + 366. £55. 0521791308.Alex Long - 2007 - Journal of Hellenic Studies 127:242-.
  25. Review of T. Penner and C. Rowe, "Plato's Lysis". [REVIEW]Suzanne Obdrzalek - 2006 - Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2006.
  26. Varieties of Φιλία in Plato’s Lysis.Rod Jenks - 2005 - Ancient Philosophy 25 (1):65.
  27. Identification and Definition in the Lysis.Gale Justin - 2005 - Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 87 (1):75-104.
    In this paper, I make a case for interpreting the Lysis as a dialogue of definition, designed to answer the question of “What is a friend?” The main innovation of my interpretation is the contention – and this is argued for in the paper – that Socrates hints towards a definition of being a friend that applies equally to mutual friendship and one-way attraction – the two kinds of friend relation very clearly identified by Socrates in the dialogue. The key (...)
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  28. Eros in Platonic Friendship and the Lysis Failure.James Mcguirk - 2001 - Yearbook of the Irish Philosophical Society:127-137.
  29. Friendship and Human Neediness in Plato’s Lysis.Lorraine Smith Pangle - 2001 - Ancient Philosophy 21 (2):305-323.
  30. Friendship in Education and the Desire for the Good: An Interpretation of Plato's Phaedrus.D. P. E. Muir - 2000 - Educational Philosophy and Theory 32 (2):233–247.
  31. Socrates, Friendship and the Community of Inquiry.Jen Glaser - 1997 - Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines 16 (4):22-46.
  32. Did Plato Nod? Some Conjectures on Egoism and Friendship in the Lysis.Michael D. Roth - 1995 - Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 77 (1):1-20.
  33. Plato.C. J. Rowe - 1995 - Bristol Classical Press.
    The Statesman is Plato's neglected political work, but it is crucial for an understanding of the development of his political thinking. In some respects it continues themes from the Republic, particularly the importance of knowledge as entitlement to rule. But there are also changes: Plato has dropped the ambitious metaphysical synthesis of the Republic, changed his view of the moral psychology of the citizen, and revised his position on the role of law and institutions. In its presentation of the statesman's (...)
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  34. Love and Friendship in Plato and Aristotle. [REVIEW]Roger Scruton - 1992 - Ancient Philosophy 12 (2):444-446.
  35. Love and Friendship in Plato and Aristotle. [REVIEW]Nancy Sherman - 1992 - International Studies in Philosophy 24 (1):127-128.
  36. A. W. Price, "Love and Friendship in Plato and Aristotle". [REVIEW]John Bussanich - 1991 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 29 (4):667.
  37. Love and Friendship in Plato and Aristotle.George Huxley - 1991 - Philosophical Studies (Dublin) 33:402-405.
  38. Love and Friendship in Plato and Aristotle.A. W. Price - 1989 - Oxford University Press.
    This book explores for the first time an idea common to both Plato and Aristotle: although people are separate, their lives need not be; one person's life may overflow into another's, so that helping someone else is a way of serving oneself. Price considers how this idea unites the philosophers' treatments of love and friendship (which are otherwise very different), and demonstrates that this view of love and friendship, applied not only to personal relationships, but also to the household and (...)
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  39. Plato and Freud: Two Theories of Love.Gerasimos Xenophon Santas - 1988 - Wiley-Blackwell.
    What is love? Why do we idealize those whom we love? How do we choose whom to love? Are some kinds of love better than others? Each age returns to these questions with renewed perplexity. Gerasimos Santas examinees the two greatest theoretical architectures of love, side by side. It provides a thorough critical description and comparison of these theories, allowing a sophisticated dialogue to emerge between the two thinkers. In the first half of the book Professor Santas reconstructs and explains (...)
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  40. Plato’s Lysis.T. F. Morris - 1985 - Philosophy Research Archives 11:269-279.
    It is shown that Plato’s Lysis is full of positive content between the lines. At the close of the dialogue Socrates says that he considers Lysis, Menexenus, and himself to be friends of one another. Following up on the questions which the dialogue leads us to ask yields an explanation ofwhy each of these instances of friendship is, in fact, an instance of friendship. In addition, the dialogue shows that there are five types of motivation for desiring something.
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  41. Plato on Friendship and Familial Love in the Lysis and The Republic.Gerasimos Santas - 1984 - Philosophical Inquiry 6 (1):1-12.
  42. Friendship in Plato's "Lysis".James Haden - 1983 - Review of Metaphysics 37 (2):327 - 356.
    PHILOSOPHY has always made use of its past. In doing so, it resembles literature more than it does the natural sciences, which generally regard the scientific concepts and systems of history as superseded, useless hulks drifting in the wake of empirical and conceptual progress. Literature, on the contrary, cherishes the monumental achievements of previous ages; they retain value and importance, and can be turned to for interest and for inspiration again and again. Philosophy has sometimes claimed to take a radical (...)
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  43. Plato's Dialogue on Friendship. [REVIEW]David B. Robinson - 1982 - The Classical Review 32 (1):42-44.
  44. "Eros", "Epithumia", and "Philia" in Plato.W. Joseph Cummins - 1981 - Apeiron 15 (1):10-18.
  45. Plato’s Dialogue on Friendship, an Interpretation of the "Lysis," with a New Translation. [REVIEW]C. L. D. - 1981 - Review of Metaphysics 34 (4):779-780.
    Bolotin’s work consists of a very literal translation of the Lysis and a detailed commentary, which pays attention to what is only implied as well as to what is actually stated by the dialogue’s characters. The translation is a model of precision; an occasionally awkward expression is a small price to pay for the faithfulness to the original text provided for the Greekless reader.
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  46. Erōs and Philia in Plato's Moral Cosmos.R. J. O'Connell - 1981 - In A. H. Armstrong, H. J. Blumenthal & R. A. Markus (eds.), Neoplatonism and Early Christian Thought: Essays in Honour of A.H. Armstrong. Variorum Publications.
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  47. Loving Persons Platonically.A. W. Price - 1981 - Phronesis 26 (1):25 - 34.
  48. Plato’s Dialogue on Friendship, an Interpretation of the "Lysis," with a New Translation.David Bolotin - 1979 - Cornell University Press.
  49. Mario Lualdi: Il problema della philia e il Liside platonico. Pp. 156. Milan: CELUC, 1974. Paper, L. 2,600.Pamela M. Huby - 1978 - The Classical Review 28 (01):169-.
  50. Plato and Aristotle on Friendship and Altruism.Julia Annas - 1977 - Mind 86 (344):532-554.
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