Philosophy

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On the basis of the Symposium, outline and discuss the main features of platonic love.

Is this ‘love’ as we normally understand it?

By Eleanor Mason

Edited by Irene Ivanaj

Abstract

Eros is most famously remembered as the God of Love. However, he is not always personified, rather, often eros is perceived as a cosmic principle. Most simply, eros can be translated as ‘Love’. However, the extent to which these terms are in fact synonymous is complicated. This work discusses the concept of love in Plato’s Symposium, an ancient work describing a dinner party of prominent Greeks who each convey their conception of eros.

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