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Phaedrus Chapter Summary & Analysis - Chapter 3 (242-248) Summary

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Chapter 3 (242-248) Summary

Phaedrus encourages Socrates to discuss other advantages of a relationship that is not based on love along with reasons indicating their superiority. Socrates attempts to devise a composition suitable for the rest of his speech about to end. Phaedrus thinks he is only in the middle of it and wants him to continue while discussing the advantages that non-lovers have. As such advantages appear to be simply in opposition to advantages that a relationship based on love has, Socrates wants to conclude the speech.

While considering the points he has made Socrates discovers that he received a sign from the spirit indicating that he engaged in a speech for the sake of applause rather than truth. He realizes that he offended gods, recalling that Eros is the son of Aphrodite and a god that was ignored in his speech. Love transmitted by gods would involve...

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