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Platonic Love (Ideas of the West: Book 2)
  • Raoul Mortley
Extract: The first comprehensive discussion of love in Western literature was provided by Plato, who using the Greek word eros, left us a book called the Symposium, which featured a number of speakers at a drinking party, each of whom gave a speech about the nature of love. Plato seems to say that love starts as a sexual passion and that it gradually transforms itself into a union in beauty, or to quote him in “ the vast ocean of the beautiful". The term Platonic Love was never used by him, but was coined by a Platonist almost 2000 years later, Ficino. Unlike eros in Plato, Platonic Love is asexual, but equally involves the idea that the object of love is some kind of mystery. Its purpose is in the end a negation of eros.
  • Western literature,
  • eros,
  • Plato,
  • nature of love,
  • beauty
Publication Date
September, 2013
Delacroix Press
Ideas of the West
Publisher Statement
Mortley, R. (2013). Platonic Love (Ideas of the West Book 2). Gold Coast, Australia: Delacroix Press.

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Citation Information
Raoul Mortley. Platonic Love (Ideas of the West: Book 2). 1Gold Coast, Australia(2013) p. 1 - 23
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