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"You seem to me to want more than your proper share: you offer me the merest appearance of beauty, and in return you want the thing itself, ‘gold in exchange for bronze’" (Plato, Symposium, 219 A).

The Symposium



429 BCE – 347 BCE

Plato is one of the most influential authors in the history of philosophy. An Athenian citizen of high status, he displays in his works his absorption in the political events and intellectual movements of his time, but the questions he raises are so profound and the strategies he uses for tackling them so richly suggestive and provocative that in practically every age there have been philosophers who count themselves Platonists in some important respects.


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