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1

What is the relationship between love and immorality in Plato's The Symposium?

-love is the awareness of immorality (or lack there of)
-love is what drives us to become immortal
-Plato asks Socrates; "What then is love, is it mortal?" Socrates replies with no.
-Love is neither mortal nor immortal, but in a mean between the two

"He is a great spirit and like all spirits he is immediate between the divine & the mortal

2

What is Socrates trying to accomplish with the slave-boy geometric analogy?

-trying to illustrate how recollection works
-slave boy has knowledge in him, trying to find truth by asking him
-shows him he doesn't know what he is talking about

3

Explain how ignorance is a necessary step on the way to knowledge

-Once you realize you don't know anything, then you can start to learn
-Knowledge of ignorance is worth-while, as it helps you realize you don't know the truth
-If you think you know the truth, you wont continue to look for the truth (slave boy)

4

Would Plato agree with Aristotle's idea of material leads?

-No, Plato was more of a thinker, instead of needing physical material to prove a point or make an assumption

5

Does Aristotle think reason alone is enough for knowledge? Why or why not?

-Not enough
-There are some things we know through memories
-Explored reality through senses
-In order to understand a general category, one had to examine particular examples of it
-Ex. In order to understand a cat, you need to look at real cats, not abstractly think about the form of the cat.
-Eudaemonia - Flourishing, happiness.
Or to develop the right kind of character