Monday, August 24, 2009
Vernon, Mark. "Plato's Dialogues, Part 4: What Do You Love?" GUARDIAN August 24, 2009.
Iris Murdoch is sometimes not numbered amongst great Plato scholars today. However, the unique combination of her philosophical and literary talents means that, to my mind, she captures the nature of his philosophical way of life as few have. It might be said to revolve around a single question: what do you love? No one would doubt that love was a major theme for Plato. Three of his dialogues explicitly address it – the Lysis, Symposium and Phaedrus. It is never far from the surface in the others. There are various stories about Plato that emphasise the association too, and though they are undoubtedly apocryphal, they must have been remembered because they made sense. Some of the stories remember his affairs of the heart. . . . Read the rest here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2009/aug/24/plato-dialogues-philosophy.