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Plato On Love

January 22 - February 26, 2023. Sundays, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (six sessions)
925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205


The Symposium by Plato asks: what is love? It is the story of a banquet in classical Athens, attended by Socrates and his friends, at which each person tells a story about the origin of Love. These stories are full of deep psychological insight, powerful mythic imagination, and profound philosophical reflection that have made The Symposium one of the masterpieces of world literature and a crowning work of philosophy. Bawdy and sentimental, drunk and wise by turns, with a surprising turn of events near the end, each story illuminates a striking part of the human condition. The event is crowned by Socrates’ own story, telling us the origin of his gift and portraying the nature of the world in terms of Love. Throughout the night, the story-tellers’ personalities reveal their clashes and their inmost desires. These creative and emotional ruminations on human relationships have inspired writers of all kinds for 2300 years.

We will savor The Symposium carefully and at length. In addition, we will look at three shorter dialogues of Plato plus relevant parts of The Republic. All the texts are in a handsome volume called Plato on Love, with excellent introductions, that is inexpensive and readily available.

Plato on Love, edited by C.D.C. Reeves

Access Program
We want our classes to be accessible to everyone, regardless of income and background. We understand that our tuition structure can present obstacles for some people. Our Access Program offers class registrations at a reduced rate. The access program for writing classes covers 60% of the class tuition. Most writing classes have at least one access spot available.

Please apply here for access rate tuition. Contact Susan Moore at susan@literary-arts.org if you have questions.

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Bennett Gilbert

Bennett Gilbert teaches history and philosophy at Portland State University. He is the author of A Personalist Philosophy of History.
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