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Love and Friendship in Plato and Aristotle$
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A. W. Price

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198248996

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198248996.001.0001

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Friendship and Desire in the Lysis

Friendship and Desire in the Lysis

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(p.1) 1 Friendship and Desire in the Lysis
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Love and Friendship in Plato and Aristotle
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A. W. Price

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198248996.003.0001

This book shows that the different approaches in Lysis is reflective and fertile, well-conceived in theory and pregnant in practice; to respond to it briskly with the cliches of modern thought is to prefer the pleasures of the parrot to the pains of the philosophers. For Socrates, when talking about Lysis, the topic is simply friendship and the conclusion is failure. On the other hand, for Aristotle, he takes Lysis as the starting point, and takes over from it not only points of detail, but general presuppositions that locate his own conclusions, which are aporetic, in the same conceptual region. If Socrates' failure in the Lysis is wholly misconceived, so is Aristotle's success in his Ethics.

Keywords:   Lysis, Aristotle, Socrates, friendship, failure, desire, success

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