Drinking and discourse in Plato

Eva Anagnostou, Andrew Payne

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The article argues that in the Symposium, but also the Phaedrus and the Protagoras, Plato instructs us on the correct way of engaging in discourse by adducing examples from the activities of drinking and singing (/performing poetry). By presenting Socrates as grappling with the use of wine, rhetoric and poetry, almost failing at times, but always able to recollect himself and identify the faults in his methods (as well as of others), Plato recognizes the difficulties of the process, while acknowledging Socrates’ extraordinary intellect.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-79
Number of pages23
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Plato
  • inebriation
  • drinking
  • philosophical enthusiasm


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