Mysticism on love

Please respond to one of the following prompts.
1. Why doesn’t the Symposium end with the speech of Socrates/Diotima? What does the ending teach us about love or seeing the “agalmata (image)” in another? Is Socrates’s speech preparation for Alcibiades’s or is Alcibiades a rejection of Socrates’s speech?
2. The popular view is: you can’t give what you don’t have. For the philosopher and psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan, commenting on the Symposium, however, “love is giving what you don’t have.” That is, overs in the symposium are motivated by desire, which is a kind of lack. What do you make of the idea of being made by something don’t have but instead by what you desire? And that love is about making that lack vulnerable for another.
3. If you were going to have a party to talk about love, what three or four people would you invite? Tell us why you’d invite them. And then what are three questions—preferably inspired by The Symposium—that would you ask them?

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