Scaling the Ladder. Why the Final Step of the Lover’s Ascent is a Generalizing Step

  • Anthony Hooper The University of Sydney

Abstract

The ‘Scala Amoris’ (210a-212b), or ‘Ladder of Love’, constitutes the philosophical and aesthetic centrepiece of Socrates’ encomium of Eros in Plato’s Symposium. Here Diotima describes how a lover ascending up the Ladder directs his erotic attention to a number of difference kinds of beautiful objects, first bodies, then souls, just institutions and knowledge, until he catches a glimpse of Beauty itself. In this paper I advance an ‘inclusive’ reading of the lover’s ascent – to use Price’s 1991 terminology – with a particular emphasis on justifying such a reading concerning the final step.

http://dx.doi.org/10.14195/2183-4105_15_6

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Published
2015-12-30
How to Cite
HOOPER, Anthony. Scaling the Ladder. Why the Final Step of the Lover’s Ascent is a Generalizing Step. PLATO JOURNAL: The Journal of the International Plato Society, [S.l.], v. 15, p. 95-106, dec. 2015. ISSN 2183-4105. Available at: <http://impactum-journals.uc.pt/platojournal/article/view/2164>. Date accessed: 24 aug. 2017.
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Keywords

Plato; Symposium; Scala Amoris; Beauty