Love in the <i>Phaedrus</i>

A. W. Price

in Love and Friendship in Plato and Aristotle

Published in print September 1990 | ISBN: 9780198248996
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191681172 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

Love in the Phaedrus

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As an account of love, Socrates' contribution to the Symposium has deficiencies to make one glad that it does not constitute Plato's final word. It invites supplementation in a number of respects. It makes a distinction of being in love that it stands much closer to feeling in love than loving stands to feeling love. It would be possible, if unlikely, to love someone without ever feeling affectionate but not to be in love without ever, indeed frequently, feeling in love as feelings are part of the essence of being in love. Moreover, the distance from felt experience was achieved not only by a restriction of focus, but by a too simplified and sanguine psychology and ultimately, love is simply the desire for the good.

Keywords: Socrates; love; Plato; feeling; being; good; desire; Phaedrus

Chapter.  22294 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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