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By James M. Rhodes

 

Eros, knowledge, and Silence is an in depth studying of Plato’s 7th Letter and his dialogues Symposium and Phaedrus , with major realization additionally given to Alcibiades I . A publication approximately love, James Rhodes’s paintings was once conceived as a talk and intended to be learn aspect by way of aspect with Plato’s works and people of his invaluable interlocutors. It invitations fanatics to take part in conversations that stream their souls to like, and it additionally invitations the reader to participate within the author’s dialogues with Plato and his commentators.
            Rhodes addresses heavily comparable questions: First, what does Plato suggest whilst he says within the 7th Letter that he by no means has written and not will write whatever bearing on that approximately which he's severe? moment, what does Socrates suggest whilst he claims to have an paintings of eros and that this techne is the one factor he is aware?
Through cautious research, Rhodes establishes solutions to those questions.
He determines that Plato can't write something bearing on that approximately which he's severe simply because his such a lot profound wisdom contains his soul’s silent imaginative and prescient of final, transcendent fact, that is ineffable. Rhodes additionally exhibits that, for Socrates, eros is a logo for the soul’s adventure of divine fact, which draws each component of human nature towards its right finish, yet which additionally leads humans to evil and tyranny whilst human resistance motives it to develop into diseased.
            starting up a brand new road of Plato scholarship, Eros, knowledge, and Silence is political philosophy at its conversational most sensible. students and scholars in political philosophy, classical reports, and non secular reviews will locate this paintings valuable.

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This appears to be the tendency of Strauss’s open description of Socrates’ public pronouncements as conventional bromides that are less wise than his real thoughts. 31 Plato and Socrates are thought to be known to teach piety toward just, wise gods; obedience to such gods; and the virtues of moderation, courage, justice, and wisdom. If these views are conventional notions that are less wise than the philosophers’ real knowledge, which is contained in the statements of the unsavory characters, it would be easy to infer that the secret doctrine attributed to Plato and Socrates posits the absence of any ground of human order other than man’s will.

Gadamer, The Idea of the Good in Platonic-Aristotelian Philosophy, 8. 34 Eros, Wisdom, and Silence have a plain indication of his wishes in this respect, namely, his dramatic dating of the dialogues. Plato gives his works dramatic dates by having the speakers mention contemporaneous events that his Athenian audiences would have recognized. As seen above, he also links the dialogues by causing the same people to appear in them at different stages of their lives. The Symposium, Republic, and Phaedrus are joined in these ways.

In the affairs of the polis, he shows them how to become the “most capable in action and speech” 16. It is quite easy to see in the drama of the dialogue that this is Alcibiades’ motive. In real life, Alcibiades’ purpose seems to have been the same. 39–40). Xenophon says that Alcibiades and his friend Critias were never in sympathy with Socrates when they associated with him, but desired political advancement. I am grateful to Zdravko Planinc for reminding me of these Xenophon passages. Eros, Wisdom, and Silence in Plato 15 (319a1–2).

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