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Alcibiades and the Socratic Craft of Love

C. D. C. Reeve

in Blindness and Reorientation

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199934430
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980659 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199934430.003.0002
Alcibiades and the Socratic Craft of Love

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Alcibiades had the right nature to become a philosopher-king. Yet despite having Socrates as a lover and teacher, he failed to become one. Through a close reading of the Symposium, this chapter shows how Plato came to understand this failure as primarily political in nature.

Keywords: symposium; Alcibiades; Socrates; paiderasteia

Chapter.  7575 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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