Phaedrus

by

Plato

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Speech/Logos

The term “logos” in Greek can have many shades of meaning—it can refer to words, speeches, talking, everyday discussion, and philosophical discourse. Frequently used throughout Phaedrus, the word is used at various times in… (read full term analysis)

Love/Eros

This term can be complicated in Greek philosophy, and even within a single work of Plato’s, because of its various shades of meaning. Love or eros can refer to passionate sexual desire; it can refer… (read full term analysis)

Dialectic

Dialectic is the teaching method Socrates uses throughout Plato’s dialogues. It’s used throughout much of Phaedrus, as Socrates asks Phaedrus questions about the nature of various subjects like love, speech, and writing… (read full term analysis)

Sophists

Sophists were itinerant teachers common in Greece in the fourth and fifth centuries B.C. Though sophists could be hired to teach aristocratic young men a variety of subjects, rhetoric was the most common area of… (read full term analysis)

Muses

In ancient Greek mythology, the Muses were goddesses who inspired poetry, songs, and other literature and art. In Phaedrus, Socrates calls upon the Muses to help him make his speech, and he mentions the… (read full term analysis)
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