Flashcards in Short Answer Questions Deck (5)
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
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
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)
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