<i>Charmides:</i> Lust, Love, and the Problem of Knowledge

Jeremy Barris

in The Crane's Walk

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780823229130
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235674 | DOI:
Charmides: Lust, Love, and the Problem of Knowledge

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This chapter looks at the whole of Plato's Charmides and discusses lust, love, and the problem of knowledge. Plato's philosophy is always presented in the form of dialogue, typically with Socrates as one of the participants. This choice of form is not fully explained by saying, for example, that Plato followed Socrates' example of engaging in dialogues. Socrates' choice of dialogue for his philosophical activity itself needs to be understood before it can explain Plato's motivation to imitate it. Plato's choice of dialogue, typically with Socrates participating, foregrounds two very basic facts about Plato's view of philosophy. First, the dialogues include a wide variety of non- and antiphilosophical standpoints. Second, philosophy exists as an activity carried out by particular human beings in this conflicted context. Plato's dialogues, then, present philosophy first and foremost in its individual and social context.

Keywords: Plato; philosophy; dialogue; Socrates; social context; lust; love; knowledge; Charmides

Chapter.  13423 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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