PHIL 211 Unversity of Nairobi Plato Quotation Summary

In the broader context of the Symposium, explain Plato’s point when he writes:

“Or haven’t you remembered,” she said, “that in that life alone, when he looks at Beauty in the only way that Beauty can be seen—only then will it become possible for him to give birth not to images of virtue (because he’s in touch with no images), but to true virtue (because he is in touch with true Beauty)…” (212a).

Your job in the paper is to explain what this passage means in context, including why the issue it represents is raised and what point Plato is trying to make by raising it.

Prof. Angela


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