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3-Week SASA Reading Group: Entrances and Exits: Erotic Ascent and Descent in Plato’s Symposium

3-Week Text-In-Translation Reading Group Tuesdays at 11 am Eastern Time Led by Tuhin Bhattacharjee

3-Week SASA Reading Group: Entrances and Exits: Erotic Ascent and Descent in Plato’s Symposium
3-Week SASA Reading Group: Entrances and Exits: Erotic Ascent and Descent in Plato’s Symposium

Time & Location

02 jul 2024, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. GMT-4

Zoom Meeting

About the Event

This 3-week reading group will be devoted to a close study of Plato’s Symposium, a dialogue where Socrates and his friends throw a drinking party and give speeches in praise of Eros, the god of desire. We will discuss the dialogue’s theme of erotic love, its highly complex narrative structure, its conspicuous use of dramatic (primarily comic) elements, and the ascent of the Socratic lover through the ladder of Eros. What is the relationship between desire, beauty, and philosophy in Platonic thought? How can desire lead us towards the Good and inspire us towards ethical actions? How is desire—primarily sexual desire—entangled in history, politics, and social hierarchies? What role do rituals and rites of passage play in the articulation and management of desire? After discussing all the speeches in the dialogue (including the one by Socrates/Diotima), we will conclude by investigating the philosophical significance of the sudden intrusion by Alcibiades—drunk and unruly—into the hitherto ordered space of the symposium.

3-Week Text-In-Translation Reading Group

Tuesdays at 11 am Eastern Time  

Start date: July 2nd

End date: July 16th

MUST RSVP TO GET LIVE SYLLABUS WITH THE ZOOM LINK. The same link will be used for all 3 sessions. 

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