Why is Socrates Absurd Question Absurd? (Plato, Symposium 199 C 6-D 7)

International Journal of the Platonic Tradition 4 (1):4-26 (2010)
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Abstract

The form of beauty is the ultimate correlate of love in Socrates' account of Diotima's teaching in the Symposium . To arrive at this insight, Socrates aims to show the `absurdity' of adopting any more specific correlate as a definition of the very nature of love. Were love defined as love `for a father or a mother', we could never love anyone who was not our father or our mother. An obvious absurdity

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