Platonic relationships can be supremely successful, and many people are finding them to be fulfilling. May notions of romantic, sexual love apply to same sex couples? They can provide fulfilling, lifelong friendships, offer us refreshing perspectives, and a much needed outlet to let off steam, and let it all hang out. This concept of Divine Eros is later transformed into the term Platonic love. At the same time, this interpretation is a misunderstanding of the nature of the Platonic ideal of love, which from its origin was that of a chaste but passionate love, based not on uninterest but virtuous restraint of sexual desire. It is derived from the concept in Plato's Symposium of the love of the idea of good which lies at the root of all virtue and truth. The above, based on the dialogues of Plato.
This is the type of love, that, according to Socrates, is practiced by animals. So, here we have it. She can't make that decision by herself, because it includes you. Aquinas, on the other hand, picked up on the Aristotelian theories of friendship and love to proclaim God as the most rational being and hence the most deserving of one's love, respect, and considerations. New Haven: Yale University Press.
Romantic love is finding compromise. Take a minute to digest that. This definition varies considerably from the modern English interpretation of the term, where virtue equates to that which is good, positive, or benevolent. Think before you make any commitments as a result of your feelings. For Diotima, and for Plato generally, the most correct use of love of other human beings is to direct one's mind to love of divinity.
Most modern people would think of Eros as a concept rather than a god. I thought i was in love with someone some 20 years back. This can be seen as a form of. Platonic love is impossible to materialize or realize: that remains as something idyllic, which can never be achieved. However, if only one person wants more, it can lead to massive problems.
But what is meant by an appropriate language of description may be as philosophically beguiling as love itself. In this sense, it most often refers to a heterosexual relationship. If a guy and a girl hang out all the time but aren't boyfriend and girlfriend, they'd describe their friendship as platonic. There are several kinds of love like agape, Godly love Eros, Storge, family love Philautia self-love et al. This view of Eros is different from how a modern person would interpret it. Depending on how you perceive them, your relationships with others may vary significantly. The epistemology of love asks how we may know love, how we may understand it, whether it is possible or plausible to make statements about others or ourselves being in love which touches on the philosophical issue of private knowledge versus public behavior.
» The first postulated the idea of a hierarchy of substances, or a large chain of beings, from the lowest form of physical matter plants , until the pure spirit demiurge, the God of Plato , in which humans occupied a central position, or intermediate. Pausanias, in Plato's Symposium 181b—182a , explained two types of love or Eros—Vulgar Eros or earthly love and Divine Eros or. It is ideal without selfish interests. Research in Phenomenology, 27 1 , 103. Communication is vital from the beginning of any platonic relationship, and you will need to talk to each other, and express your expectations. When you love someone platonically, that love sits in your life the way coffee sits in your mornings — it's a given. Finally, it is often best to end a relationship completely, rather than going from romantic to platonic.
Philia could not emanate from those who are quarrelsome, gossips, aggressive in manner and personality, who are unjust, and so on. Accordingly, the action of loving encompasses a broad range of behavior including caring, listening, attending to, preferring to others, and so on. When you love someone romantically, your relationship is based on compromise. Platonic relationships provide an important piece to how we love, and are loved, through life. Even if a coach tells his players that he loves them no harm is intended. The Platonic-Socratic position maintains that the love we generate for beauty on this earth can never be truly satisfied until we die; but in the meantime we should aspire beyond the particular stimulating image in front of us to the contemplation of beauty in itself. Such love transcends any perfectionist or aristocratic notions that some are or should be more loveable than others.
For Plato, the love of beauty culminates in the love of philosophy, the subject that pursues the highest capacity of thinking. The person who feels this love is blinded by the image that receives, through the media, the celebrity in question. You will remain friends for many years, and experience your lives together. In Middle Ages arose a new interest in Plato, his philosophy and his view of love. We could say it is purely professional. This means that the love between two human beings arises from the mutual discovery and get to know each other. The Nature of Love: Further Conceptual Considerations Presuming love has a nature, it should be, to some extent at least, describable within the concepts of language.