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Socrates Founding Political Philosophy in Xenophon's "Economist", "Symposium", and "Apology"$
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Thomas L. Pangle

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226642475

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226642505.001.0001

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Socrates Leading the Festivity of Gentlemen in the Symposium

Socrates Leading the Festivity of Gentlemen in the Symposium

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(p.120) Chapter Seven Socrates Leading the Festivity of Gentlemen in the Symposium
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Socrates Founding Political Philosophy in Xenophon's "Economist", "Symposium", and "Apology"
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Thomas L. Pangle

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226642505.003.0008

In his Symposium Xenophon lets us be “flies on the wall” at a private drinking party in which gradual inebriation loosens the tongues of all present, including Socrates—making manifest the gulf, and how that gulf is tenuously bridged, between the philosophically erotic playfulness of the Socratic circle and the erotic playfulness of conventionally respectable gentlemen (led by the famous, wealthy, and “upper-crust” Kallias). Xenophon creates a safe medium for providing some far-reaching indications concerning the way of life, and the way of understanding life, that he learned to share with Socrates.

Keywords:   Socratic love, Socratic comedy, Socratic beauty

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