Plato's theory of Love

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Barbara Georges Intro to Philosophy Professor Coughlan Plato’s Theory of Love Love is the most powerful, yet puzzling emotion. Plato postulated love as a way to go from imperfection and ignorance to perfection and true knowledge. He defined love as the desire for the perpetual possession of the good. Everything in this definition is interesting; "love is desire" makes a fundamental understanding that humans are eager for love. Our life is a continuous search for things that will satisfy our needs that will give us happiness. Plato explains that whatever we desire for is a direct means of acquiring goodness. It is love that makes the world go around. Love is the force which brings all things together and without it nothing could exist. According to Plato, to have goodness and beauty, a woman could not be beautiful and mean. What is truly beautiful must be good and what is truly good must be beautiful. To understand Plato's means by
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Unformatted text preview: the good or absolute beauty, you must comprehend the theory of Forms. Absolute goodness and beauty is the highest of the Forms. Plato concluded that the greatest love would reveal the secret beauty in everything and the deeper the thought, results in greater love. Platonic love is a pure spiritual affection existing between two persons of the opposite sex, marked by the absence of physical romance or sex regarding the mind only and its excellence. For the Greeks, physical love making was considered the lowest form of love making. Platonic love begins at the higher stage of development and starts with the sharing of beautiful thoughts with a beautiful person. Platonic love may lead to permanent possessions of absolute beauty or goodness. Love beyond the individual and expand the particular person to an appreciation of the beauty of moral practices and laws. All love is one and love exists in each and every one of us....
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PHL 2010 taught by Professor Coughlan during the Spring '08 term at UNF.

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