From Beauty to Goodness

C. D. C. Reeve

in Blindness and Reorientation

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199934430
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980659 | DOI:
From Beauty to Goodness

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This chapter discusses the nature of beauty and goodness and the relationship between them in part by exploring Diotima’s speech in the Symposium. It argues that her account of “begetting in beauty” includes important gaps that the Republic will then fill. It also addresses the apparently paiderastic nature of philosophy (shared with the Phaedrus), in which the ascent to knowledge of Platonic forms must apparently begin in the correct sort of boy-love. The Republic, it argues, includes not just a radical reconception of the family, but of sexuality itself, severing, in the process, the connection between paiderasteia and Platonic philosophy.

Keywords: symposium; Phaedrus; paiderasteia; the form of the good; the form of beauty; Diotima; the ladder of love; begetting in beauty

Chapter.  11493 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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