feb 17 lecture - Self and Soul: FEB 17th There is much more...

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Self and Soul: FEB 17 th There is much more to sexual desire than the act of generating a zygote. The biological side is interesting in itself. The human species, unlike other species is always in heat. Other species only come into heat when there is an appropriate season. That indicates that our sexual desire is much more about forming lasting relationships, then the simple fact of reproduction. Capacity to love: love connects us to the future. It connects us with what is timeless, eternity…to what is divine. With plato, there comes in the idea that love is our link to eternal wisdom. That idea gets passed on and is picked up and connected with the idea that our experience of our love for another is a reminder of the love of God. Eros Philosophos: o The loving soul: Why does the platonic soul have 3 parts? To explain internal conflict. Plato focuses on a three part soul because he wants to explain conflict in the soul. That goal (explaining conflict in the soul) was quite absent from the way Descartes was thinking about things. (Descartes only thought about mind). 3 Part Theory: Presented as a chariot with a charioteer and two horses. When the soul is helping, the guiding part of the soul is making all of the decisions. When the soul is unhelping, another part is driving the charioteer around against his will. Why are there 2 horses? Why are there horses at all? What moves us and
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