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Blindness and ReorientationProblems in Plato's Republic$
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C.D.C. Reeve

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199934430

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199934430.001.0001

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Alcibiades and the Socratic Craft of Love

Alcibiades and the Socratic Craft of Love

(p.18) Chapter 2 Alcibiades and the Socratic Craft of Love
Blindness and Reorientation

C. D. C. Reeve

Oxford University Press

Alcibiades had the right nature to become a philosopher-king. Yet despite having Socrates as a lover and teacher, he failed to become one. Through a close reading of the Symposium, this chapter shows how Plato came to understand this failure as primarily political in nature.

Keywords:   symposium, Alcibiades, Socrates, paiderasteia

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