An Introduction to Plato's Symposium

Introduce young philosophers to the ideas in a short video that introduces them to Plato's Symposium. A great introduction to a text that poses questions about humanity and the pursuit of love.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use the video to launch a study of Greek philosophers in a philosophy or humanities course
  • Have groups research the relationship between Plato and Socrates
Classroom Considerations

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  • Some viewers may needed extra support to grasp the paradox featured in the video
Pros

  • The key ideas are presented succinctly
  • Promotes critical thinking
Cons

  • None