“Socrates in Love”

I cannot think of a better way to top-off a day than by reading this article. Socrates is a founder of western philosophy. But, where did his ideas come from? Perhaps, as recent research suggests, through love.

Where did Socrates, the foundational figure of Western philosophy, get the inspiration for his original ideas about truth, love, justice, courage and knowledge? New research I’ve conducted reveals that as a young man in 5th-century BC Athens, he came into contact with a fiercely intelligent woman, Aspasia of Miletus. I argue that her ideas about love and transcendence inspired him to formulate key aspects of his thought (as transmitted by Plato).


Author: Jennifer Lawson

Philosopher. That is all.

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