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Lisa Skedzielewski Philosophy IHP132-2 Paper Option #1 2007 January 27 Socrates introduced Diotema’s speech, which he claims taught him mostly everything about he knows about love. Diotema’s basic concept centers around the idea that love is the desire to possess the good forever, which implies wanting immortality as well. Love wants reproduction and birth in beauty, representing the desire for immortality. Reproduction leaves behind a new one in place of the old, always leaving behind a piece of the original. Diotema explores the difference between being a lover and being loved. She explains a process of the progression and development of love. Love begins with the physical love of one person, and then it develops into a general love of anything physical. Diotema says that beauty of all bodies is less important than the beauty of souls. Love then becomes love of the soul, which consists of personality, integrity, wisdom, and virtue. The next stage of love is the love of what is good. Finally,
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