Plato’s dialogue, the Symposium (part 1) – Introduction to Philosophy

In this class session from my Fall 2013 Introduction to Philosophy class at Marist College, we start our study of Plato’s master-work, the Symposium. We get as far into it as the first two speeches on Love, by Phaedrus and Pausanius. Prior to that, we examine the meaning of “symposium”, discuss how the characters got there and why they are giving speeches about Love, set out the narrative structure of the dialogue, and discuss male-male love relations amongst the Ancient Greeks.

The video was recorded on a new camera, and I’ve not yet got the hang of it, so unfortunately, a portion on the right side of the blackboard is cut off here. All of the audio remains, however, and most of what I put on the chalkboard.

Handouts on each of the speeches and the Symposium itself are available in the Teaching Documents section of my profile, here:

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