Study Questions Essay

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Question one
How does Phaedrus respond to Lysias’ speech? What do you think evokes Phaedrus’ response? Include a quotation from the text to support your conclusion.
Phaedrus mentions that Lysias speech about love after fashion ingeniously proves that a non lover should be accepted instead of the lover. Phaedrus response is evoked by the fact that Lysias’ speech has clearly demonstrated the difference between a lover and non lover. The speech has proven weighty benefits of being a non lover to a lover, for example a non lover is in control of his own consciousness, thus desires good, and not controlled by opinions of the general public. He asserts at the end of reading the speech
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Question four
Socrates claims he knows his own ignorance, at 235c. What do you think he means? This calls for pure speculation on your part.
Socrates is trying to tell Phaedrus that Lysias’ speech could actually be not his original works. He tries to justify that given an opportunity, he could have even done something better and differently. We should also note that Socrates is a lover of arts and not an accomplished artist.

Question five
Nevertheless, Socrates becomes inspired to give his own speech. Briefly summarize Socrates’ “discourse.”
Socrates discourse major on the very fundamental nature of humans understanding concerning love. In questioning the preference of a lover or non lover, the nature and power of love must first be defined then its disadvantages and advantages deduced. Accordingly, everyone sees love as a desire, thus both the lover and non lover desire the beautiful and good. Hence to distinguish a lover and non lover, two guiding principals must be observed: one is the natural desire of pleasure, the other is an acquired opinion which aspires after the best.
Question six
Why does Socrates stop speaking? What is his evaluation of his own presentation? Refer to the text?
He stops speaking to guard against his expressions of the speech. He believes that Phaedrus has mischievously influenced him to lustful feelings so that he gets

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