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Plato's Symposium: The Ethics of Desire

Frisbee Sheffield


This book is concerned with Plato's examination of the nature and aims of human desire, and the role that it plays in our ethical lives. For Plato, analysing our desires is a way of reflecting on the kind of people that we are, and on our prospects for a worthwhile and happy life. This assumes that desires are the sorts of thing that are amenable to such reflection. This book considers why Plato held such a view, and in what direction he thought our desires could best be shaped. The kind of relationships which typically took place at symposia was an important way in which young men learnt how ... More

Keywords: ethics, desire, eros, love, virtue, moral psychology, education, the good life

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199286775
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199286775.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frisbee Sheffield, author
Research Fellow, Girton College, Cambridge
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