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The Thanksgiving Symposium : A Modern Platonic Dialogue on Love (Paperback)

Author: Fleming, Bruce

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What if Plato''s Symposium took place in present-day America rather than in ancient Athens? The Thanksgiving Symposium imagines this, and makes it happen. Like Plato''s dialogue, The Thanksgiving Symposium focuses on the age-old question: what is the nature of love? In The Thanksgiving Symposium, three men and three women of varying ages and degrees of closeness meet for Thanksgiving dinner. Their particular situations give rise to a discussion of love in the general and the specific, leavened with the normal give and take of social interaction. During the evening, much is discussed and some things are decided. Plato''s dialogue verges on being a play about philosophy rather than a philosophy, people discussing things rather than a philosopher telling us what to conclude. The Thanksgiving Symposium develops this aspect of Plato while offering a new philosophy that responds to the old. Is the result a play? A dialogue? A philosophy? Like Plato''s Symposium, it is all of these at once.

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Publisher Univ Pr of Amer
Mfg Part# 9780761839781
SKU 207336264
Format Paperback
ISBN10 076183978X
Release Date 2/12/2008
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0108
Publisher University Press of America
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