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Title:
The Space Between: Alcibiades and Eros in Plato's Symposium
Author:
Kelly, Heather Colleen
Issue Date:
2007
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
In evaluating Alcibiades' speech in Plato's Symposium, modern commentators often either conflate the historical figure and the fictive character, or else fail to make a distinction between Alcibiades the narrator and Alcibiades the eager young man whose adolescent encounters with Socrates which the more mature adult describes. The resulting scholarship tends to cast Alcibiades as a foil for Socrates and to reduce Plato's creation to a philosophic cautionary tale. Such reductions are misleadingly simplistic and require revision.By taking care to let neither history nor reputation supersede the textual evidence the Symposium provides, we can make a compelling case for a more moderate assessment of Alcibiades' philosophical progress. In doing so, we find that he is not lacking in understanding but rather that his understanding is incomplete. As such, Alcibiades occupies the vaguely defined space of intermediacy and intermediaries--the metaxu with which so much of the Symposium is concerned.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Keywords:
Plato; Symposium; Alcibiades; classics; ancient philosophy; eros
Degree Name:
MA
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Classics; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Vivante, Bella
Committee Chair:
Vivante, Bella

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dc.language.isoENen_US
dc.titleThe Space Between: Alcibiades and Eros in Plato's Symposiumen_US
dc.creatorKelly, Heather Colleenen_US
dc.contributor.authorKelly, Heather Colleenen_US
dc.date.issued2007en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractIn evaluating Alcibiades' speech in Plato's Symposium, modern commentators often either conflate the historical figure and the fictive character, or else fail to make a distinction between Alcibiades the narrator and Alcibiades the eager young man whose adolescent encounters with Socrates which the more mature adult describes. The resulting scholarship tends to cast Alcibiades as a foil for Socrates and to reduce Plato's creation to a philosophic cautionary tale. Such reductions are misleadingly simplistic and require revision.By taking care to let neither history nor reputation supersede the textual evidence the Symposium provides, we can make a compelling case for a more moderate assessment of Alcibiades' philosophical progress. In doing so, we find that he is not lacking in understanding but rather that his understanding is incomplete. As such, Alcibiades occupies the vaguely defined space of intermediacy and intermediaries--the metaxu with which so much of the Symposium is concerned.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen_US
dc.subjectPlatoen_US
dc.subjectSymposiumen_US
dc.subjectAlcibiadesen_US
dc.subjectclassicsen_US
dc.subjectancient philosophyen_US
dc.subjecterosen_US
thesis.degree.nameMAen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineClassicsen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorVivante, Bellaen_US
dc.contributor.chairVivante, Bellaen_US
dc.identifier.proquest2544en_US
dc.identifier.oclc659748473en_US
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