Eros Unveiled: Plato and the God of Love (Clarendon Paperbacks)

Eros Unveiled: Plato and the God of Love (Clarendon Paperbacks)

Catherine Osborne

Language: English

Pages: 264

ISBN: 0198267665

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


This unique book challenges the traditional distinction between eros, the love found in Greek thought, and agape, the love characteristic of Christianity. Focusing on a number of classic texts, including Plato's Symposium and Lysis, Aristotle's Ethics and Metaphysics,, and famous passages in Gregory of Nyssa, Origen, Dionysius the Areopagite, Plotinus, Augustine, and Thomas Aquinas, the author shows that Plato's account of eros is not founded on self-interest. In this way, she restores the place of erotic love as a Christian motif, and unravels some longstanding confusions in philosophical discussions of love.

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