In this paper I suggest to consider at least the possibility that in the Symposium Plato offers us not merely an account of the nature of love, but a philosophical account of the nature of language (or the language about love). In the Symposium Eros is a mask of Socrates and Socrates is a mask of language. Diotima’s story regarding the parentage of Eros, child of both Poros and Penia, confirms this point: the language, as the love, cannot possess its object as something present but only always in a fragile balance between presence and absence, between oblivion and recollection, between knowledge and ignorance. Language, as the love, is the daimon of communication. In this paper I offer some evidence in the dialogue for this interpretation.

Eros e linguaggio nel "Simposio"

PALUMBO, LIDIA
2012

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In this paper I suggest to consider at least the possibility that in the Symposium Plato offers us not merely an account of the nature of love, but a philosophical account of the nature of language (or the language about love). In the Symposium Eros is a mask of Socrates and Socrates is a mask of language. Diotima’s story regarding the parentage of Eros, child of both Poros and Penia, confirms this point: the language, as the love, cannot possess its object as something present but only always in a fragile balance between presence and absence, between oblivion and recollection, between knowledge and ignorance. Language, as the love, is the daimon of communication. In this paper I offer some evidence in the dialogue for this interpretation.
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