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Erotomania Essay

Erotomania Essay - EROTOMANIA Assignment#2 Victoria Hoffman...

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EROTOMANIA – Assignment #2 Victoria Hoffman TA: Miroslav Due Date: Dec.6/10 Assignment #2 CLC-1023
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Plato's Symposium deals with the study of love. It is a powerful philosophical examination of love where six characters have intellectual conversations and arguments about the meaning of love. Socrates, Agathon, Aristophanes, Eryximachus, Pausanias and Phaedrus are the six characters as noted in the Symposium . Fromthe six characters, it is my opinion that Socrates presents thestrongest case for the rationality of Eros. “Eros also called marital love, is passionate love, with sensual desire and longing.In the classical world, the phenomenon of love wasgenerally understood as a kind of madness or, as the Greeks put it, theia mania (“madness of gods”) ( www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eros ). “The Greeks traditionally regarded erosas a divinepower operating either beneath or beyond human rationality. If eros operated beneath human rationality, it wasassociated with animal copulation and hence considered irrational. If beyond, then it wasassociated with cosmicmotions or divineaffairs and hence considered supra- rational”( www.webct ). The symposium wasconsidered a highly ritualized Greek social practice where the men gathered to dineand drink and have philosophical discussions. The drink- partytakes place in a square room, in the man's part of the house. The guests at the symposium, are adult males who gather on couches usually arranged in a square for easy conversation, it is usually very male dominated, or could be seen today as a 'boys club'. The partyis divided into two parts. First, there is the mealand once the mealis done then the drinking begins. Usually, the drinkingis accompanied by conversation,
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singing and speeches. There are male and female slaves that provide music and entertainment as well as escort services for sexual pleasure. In Plato's Symposium , Eryximachus sends away the entertainment and suggests that this party would be more serious than normal as the members will have philosophical discussions to replace the erotic stimulation offered by the entertainment. Each member of the party is to speak about the praise of love and the meaning of love and paves the way to focus on homo-erotic love. The five characters in the Symposium , view the meaning of love differently but some share a similar concept. Several of the speechescentre around the connection between eroticism and virtue. Agathon relates to love as the beauty of wisdom, Aristophanes is the comedian and considers the erotic pursuit of wholeness, Eryximachus, the medical doctor views love in harmony, Pausanias, the lifelong lover of Agathon views it as mind over body and Phaedrus considers love as virtuous. Socrates suggests that sexual desire is an expression of certain deeper and more universal type of desire or motivation. From the six speakers, I chose Socrates as he is the most philosophical speaker of them all. He questions and dissects all the other discussions until he is satisfied with the answers gained. I find his way of
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