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Ladders of Beauty

Hierarchical Pedagogy from Plato to Dante


Wayne Hugo

Contents: Plato’s Symposium – Diotima’s ladder of Beauty – The seduction of Socrates by Alcibiades – Plato’s Republic – The Cave metaphor – Augustine’s Confessions – Augustine’s On the Trinity – The love letters of Abelard and Heloise – Abelard’s History of my Calamities – Dante’s Divine Comedy.