49 thoughts on “The Symposium by Plato

  1. Great review, shows there’s still plenty to be found in our founding fathers’ thoughts. I always found it difficult to read Plato, I’m used to having an author explaining his views for me to analyze and absorb or reject, dialogues demand different kind of reading…

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  2. Wonderful review as always. I have to admit though, this book doesn’t fully sound like my cup of tea. That said I’m always willing to try out stuff, so I never say never😊 (Even though, grmbl, grmbl, love has never been really kind to me😂)

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  3. I absolutely love this review, Lashaan. Judging from the little I’ve read of The Republic, Plato is not easy to read, but you are probably right about the format of a banquet making it a bit more accessible. I definitely want to read this at some point, but still haven’t given up on The Republic yet. Also, I completely agree with your take on Socrates – I’ve always found his approach extremely appealing.

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  4. Definitely a vast subject to be contained in a mere 128 pages 😀

    It doesn’t help that english has made “love” this catchall word we use both about food, entertainment, people and God. If you “love” ketchup in the same way as you love God, well, you’re in trouble 😉 I wish we still had different words like they did in Plato’s time…

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  5. This sounds like a work worth reading. I keep meaning to read Plato and Socrates, but I don’t believe I’ve read much of either yet, perhaps just a little in school. I’ll have to check my shelves, I think I remember having something by one of them.

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  6. It’s extraordinary to learn that such a classic work, and one dedicated to examining a many-layered subject, would be laced with humor and lightness, turning what might have been a pedantic dissertation into an intriguing discussion…
    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  7. Great review!!! I read this a few years ago, and fully agree with everything you say (though I could never have said it so well). I was happily surprised by the humour and ‘romance’ between these men, and found some of their ideas on love to be very interesting. Especially the one of everyone trying to find their other half was lovely (and I always feel very clever when I recognize it being referenced/quoted).

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    1. Thank you so much! I’m sure you could’ve said it even better! 😉 The romance was actually funny and truly unexpected! I had to double-check if I read it right too hahaha And the Zeus story about finding each other was so fascinating! If there’s anything I’d love to believe, it would be that. 😛

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  8. Fantastic review Lashaan! I’m pretty sure I’ve never read this one but I remember reading other pieces by Plato in philosophy classes. Though I didn’t love it at the time, I would, I think, gladly read them again today, in a different context 😊 Also, I feel like the banquets, parties and conversations they had in that time always seem super fun and interesting ! 😂 Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you so much, Juliette! I first encountered him in my philosophy classes too and have learned a bunch of specific things that the teacher probably extracted from these books (e.g. cave allegory). I have too much fun going through them with my current 26 year old mindset though and I think it would be the same for you too. 😉 Thanks for reading! 😀

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  9. Immediately adding this to my tbr. The setting of it sounds so simple yet so engaging and I think spotlighting the many interpretations of love is so fascinating. The fact the characterizations bleed into the story just add that additional layer to what already sounds like a brilliant setting.

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    1. I’m glad to hear your interest for this one, Lois! And that’s exactly why I think it’s a wonderful philosophical piece that anyone can pick up and read too. So much to say on love in so little words by these dudes! 😀 Thank you so much for taking the time to read this! 😀

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    1. I agree. I think it could help a lot of people to look into these kinds of philosophical discussions around subjects we’re confronted to so often in our life. You could learn so much, without necessarily agreeing with what’s said. Thanks for reading, Goldie! I appreciate it. 🙂

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  10. “After all, there’s nothing more versatile than love itself, taking on forms that we sometimes never knew existed until we truly felt it in every fiber of our body.”

    Is this a review? Or is it a work of art? Hmmm 🤔🤔 I am confused! And also IN LOVE WITH THIS SO MUCHHHH!! 🥺😍😍🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺😍😍😍😍😍 God! This review reminded me of how long it has been since I caught up with all your awesome postsss!!! WHHSKAHWKJSKSHSNSJJSJS LOOOOVED THIS SO MUCH, Lashaan! 😍😍😍😍

    You wait here while I go buy The Symposium, alright?! WAIIIIITTTT….

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  11. This sounds excellent – and outside of something I would normally read for sure. I love the conversational aspect to the whole thing. Plus I think we could all do with spending some time dwelling on the concept of love right now

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  12. Fantastic review, Lashaan!! 😍😭 You should definitely talk about love 🥰 I’m pretty sure I haven’t read this one but it sounds really good! I actually really liked reading Greek philosophers in school! Not that I have read plenty of them, but the 2-3 occasional mandatory books were quite cool! 😂

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