Friendship and Desire in the <i>Lysis</i>

A. W. Price

in Love and Friendship in Plato and Aristotle

Published in print September 1990 | ISBN: 9780198248996
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191681172 | DOI:

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Friendship and Desire in the Lysis

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This book shows that the different approaches in Lysis is reflective and fertile, well-conceived in theory and pregnant in practice; to respond to it briskly with the cliches of modern thought is to prefer the pleasures of the parrot to the pains of the philosophers. For Socrates, when talking about Lysis, the topic is simply friendship and the conclusion is failure. On the other hand, for Aristotle, he takes Lysis as the starting point, and takes over from it not only points of detail, but general presuppositions that locate his own conclusions, which are aporetic, in the same conceptual region. If Socrates' failure in the Lysis is wholly misconceived, so is Aristotle's success in his Ethics.

Keywords: Lysis; Aristotle; Socrates; friendship; failure; desire; success

Chapter.  6409 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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