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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Baltes, John
URN etd-0709102-153856
Title Aisthetic Eros and Athenian Political Crisis: An Interpretation of Plato's Seventh Letter
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Political Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Ellis Sandoz Committee Chair
Cecil Eubanks Committee Member
Ian Crystal Committee Member
William Clark Committee Member
  • symposium
  • divided line
  • allegory of the cave
  • phaedo
  • phaedrus
  • metaphysics
  • seventh letter
  • aisthesis
  • plato
Date of Defense 2002-07-02
Availability unrestricted
This paper investigates Plato's solution to political and social disorder by analyzing his advice and epistemology in the Seventh Letter. The first of three primary divisions provides the historical context of Platonic philosophy. The second discusses the central themes of his metaphysics, with specific attention to the Phaedo and Republic. The third analyzes the importance of aisthetic eros for the ascent to the Agathon, culminating in an interpretation of the relevant sections of the Seventh Letter.
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