role of love in a philosophical life, according to Diotima

1. What is the role of love in a philosophical life, according to Diotima in the Symposium? Would Seneca (Seneca on the Shortness of life) agree or disagree with her on in this issue, and why?
2. Explain what Descartes means when he asserts that he is “a thinking thing”. Is his view in agreement or disagreement with Thoreau’s conception of being in Walden? What are the most significant
differences between their lives?

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